Harnesses the power of space to support and inspire STEM education
Connect engineering students with the industry
Provide technical mentorship for student projects
Cultivate the next generation of leaders in space exploration

The Prize

Up to Seven $1,500 Prizes Awarded to Qualified UCSD STEM+ students

Each awardee is matched with a mentor from either Virgin Galactic, Virgin Orbit, or The Spaceship Company

Your Personal Mentor will provide guidance with




You get to hangout with...

As a Galactic Unite Gavin Jones Prize winner, you are required to...

Participate in the mentorship program
Attend 3 quarterly mentor conferences
Organize a STEM outreach event for the community
Strive for leadership roles in your current project



  • Undergraduate UCSD students pursuing STEM+ majors
  • Aspire to work in the space industry and/or apply their STEM+ education to finding innovative solutions to solving global challenges
  • Actively Involved in student Organizations working on technical projects
  • US Citizen

Preferred Qualities

  • Demonstrates leadership traits
  • Excellence in both analytical and hands-on skills
  • Possesses strong inter-personal skills
  • Well respected by his/her peers
  • Upholds the highest engineering integrity and ethics


Any year as long as you are still in school full-time for the next school year!
Use it to help pay for textbooks, supplies, that conference you've been wanting to go for a while...
Yes! As long as you promise us that you are active in a project for the next school year for at least two quarters out of the year.
There will be internship opportunities available to the cohort!