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 focussing the enthusiasm
of young people is the key to our future.
Students for the
Exploration and Development of Space was
founded in 1980 at MIT and Princeton 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. The permanent National
Headquarters for SEDS-USA resides at MIT.
Each chapter is fairly independent and coordinates
activities and projects in its own area.
do SEDS members do?
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 if 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.
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
communities and will allow you to develop
the experience necessary to take leadership
roles in your future career, whatever that
History of CuSEDS
The Carleton University chapter of SEDS was founded in the spring of 2006 by the first executive of consisting of Grant Bonin, Alex Ghosh, Nick Grondin, and Ryan Hewer. It was too late to change the name by the time it was discovered that Colorado University already used the same abbreviation, prompting the strange spelling with a lower case 'u' in use today. CuSEDS' first two major projects, the 2006 Canadian Space Summit and the Lunar Rover Project, were highly successful and form the basis for the club's current activities.