SEDS Mission Statement:

SEDS is an independent, student-based organization which promotes the exploration and development of space. SEDS pursues this mission by educating people about the benefits of space, by supporting a network of interested students, by providing an opportunity for members to develop their leadership skills, and inspiring people through our involvement in space-related projects. SEDS believes in a space-faring civilization and that focusing the enthusiasm of young people is the key to our future in space.
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History of SEDS:

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space was founded in 1980 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and George Washington University and consists of an international group of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students from a diverse range of educational backgrounds who are working to promote space as a whole. SEDS is a chapter based organization with chapters throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.  Each chapter is fairly independent and coordinates activities and projects in its own area.  For more historical information, see the history section of the SEDS Wiki.
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What do SEDS members do?

SEDS members are people interested in doing as much as they can to promote space exploration and development. The first step in this continual process is learning. SEDS provides an excellent environment in which to obtain access to many sources of information including speakers, tours, films, discussion groups & daily NASA updates. Astronomical observing trips and tours of local space facilities also play a significant role in the life of many SEDS members. For a sample of some exciting SEDS activities, see the Projects page.

SEDS members often take the knowledge they have gained and use it to influence the future of the space program. Students at several chapters have played major roles in organizing large conferences and have established important contacts with members of the space community. Others have helped increase public awareness of the benefits of space exploration by offering presentations to local primary and secondary schools as well as universities. All chapters keep in contact with each other through on-line computer networks.

Finally, SEDS provides an environment in which people of common interests can relax and freely discuss issues important to them.
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What can SEDS do for you?

SEDS can provide an organized pathway for you to begin space related projects and give you a chance to break away from the usual classwork. You can also use SEDS as a stepping stone to a space-related career. Being actively involved in SEDS can put you in touch with many members of the space, technology, and education community and will allow you to develop the experience necessary to take leadership roles in your future career, whatever that may be.
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Become a Member


While our membership is primarily university students, students of any level are eligible for membership in SEDS-USA. If you are a university student, register using your university (.edu) email address. If you are an elementary, middle, or high school student, register using a teacher’s email who has agreed to sponsor you for membership.

How to Register

Individuals can register for membership on the Join page of the SEDS-USA website.

If you are a member of a SEDS chapter, ask your chapter representative for your chapter’s code for complimentary membership, a benefit of your chapter paying dues.

If you are not a member of a SEDS chapter, individual dues are $15 for registering.

If you would like to start a SEDS chapter, fill out the form on the “Start a Chapter” tab of the Join page of the SEDS-USA website.

Membership Benefits

One of the greatest benefits about being a member of SEDS-USA is your membership in a tight-knit network of like-minded, motivated students with a passion for space exploration as well as industry leaders who work closely with student members on SEDS-USA projects and other activities. Members of SEDS-USA also receive the following benefits:

  • Eligibility to apply for up to $7,500 in SEDS-USA scholarships, including the Bob Richards Scholarship for Peace through Space and the Peter Diamandis Bold Space Entrepreneur Award
  • Eligibility to enter national competitions including the University Student Rocketry Challenge and NewSpace Student Business Plan Competition
  • Eligibility to win national awards including the Darrell Cain Award for Excellence and the Todd B. Hawley Award for Student Leadership
  • Discounted or free registration to affiliate organization space conferences, including NewSpace, International Space Development Conference, and SATELLITE
  • Free digital subscription to SpaceNews
  • Ability to submit your resume to the SEDS-USA Resume Database, reviewed by top aerospace companies sponsoring and affiliated with SEDS-USA

Membership Lifetime

Membership in SEDS-USA expires each year on October 31st, at which time members will need to renew their membership for the following year. Members can renew their membership on the Renew tab on the Join page of the SEDS-USA website.

When members graduate or are no longer students, they become members of the SEDS-USA Alumni Association. To join the Alumni Association, contact Alumni Coordinator Patrick Gray at

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