What is SEDS USA?

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Introduction

SEDS USA is a family. A big one. From sea to shining sea, current SEDS students and alumni can be found in over 120 colleges and nearly every space-related organization. The nationwide SEDS USA organization oversees the individual chapters, enabling them to be connected and network with each other. SEDS USA is comprised entirely of students just like you, who are all passionate about the power of space, and the potential it has to change the world. The chapters are just extensions of this mission: empowering students to gain experience, network and inspire the future generations of space-loving students. We welcome all students of every background to join us in this mission and we are proud to be among the most diverse organizations in the space industry. SEDS is recognized by several big names in space and we often partner with them on projects, events and more, these include NASA, Boeing, Blue Origin, the American Astronomical Society, the National Space Society, and MANY more.

We are always looking to expand our affect on the future generation of space explorers, so please do not hesitate to contact any of the board anytime if you have questions, are interested in joining or starting a chapter (there's a wiki page on this!).

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Definition

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is a non-profit, student-run international organization whose purpose is to promote space exploration and development through educational and engineering projects and science advocacy. SEDS USA is the governing body over all the individual chapters in the United States and consists of a board that is completely student-run. It actually is the largest, student-run space organization in the world! It is overseen by a board of advisers and a board of trustees. SEDS has made great strides since its creation to reach out to universities, companies, and communities with continued growth in chapters, projects, and opportunities for all members. SEDS has gained a reputation for inclusiveness and boasts some of the most passionate students that companies love to connect with and hire! Participating in a leadership role is a great way to get involved and network with the best and brightest. Any student in a SEDS chapter within the country can run for a position on SEDS USA (Board or Staff) at our annual SpaceVision conference, or if a space becomes available mid-term.

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Opportunities

SEDS USA offers tons of opportunities to its chapters around the country, though it is your job to stay on top of deadlines to be eligible! Apart from hosting in-house engineering and business competitions (which is explained in depth deeper in the wiki), it supports the leaders of each chapter with financials, management, and getting connected to other space lovers in the area. Everyone on the board and staff at SEDS USA is an email (even call!) away, and is ALWAYS willing to help. We are here to support you and help your chapter grow into a space loving community that is prepared to help us get to space, Mars and beyond! We are the future of space explorations, and there is no room for people who don't support others! There is also a huge affect of being a significant member of a SEDS chapter. Many space companies know SEDS, and we have a reputation of support passionate, kind students eager to make an affect on the world. Come join the cause!

A photo during the 2018 SpaceVision conference in sunny San Diego, California! SEDS UCSD showing off their amazing engineering work over the last few years when they hosted SpaceVision 2018


Other Websites

Although this Wiki page is to clearly state useful information for everyone around the country when participating in their local SEDS chapter, other online websites can be a good way to browse the stuff that is going on with us too!

Websites
SEDS USA Website Important, front end material for the entire SEDS USA
SEDS Wikipedia Contains a more in-depth history of SEDS


Other Branches

SEDS USA, although the largest and original branch of SEDS, is not the only one out there! There are branches in several countries, including: UKSEDS, SEDS-Canada, SEDS-Turkey, SEDS-UAE, SEDS India and SEDS Earth. That means that there are students all around the world that are in the same organization at their university or high school because they are passionate about the space industry. I mean, why wouldn’t someone love space?! What this means is that being a member of a SEDS organization resonates around the world, literally.

Point of Contact

Charlie Nitschelm
charlie.nitschelm@seds.org
Melanie Crowson
melanie.crowson@seds.org