What is it like to be a SPOT presenter? Check out a short video on what a day in the life of a SPOT presenter is like:

Policies Regarding SPOT Pay:

  • SPOT presenters must present a show each semester before getting compensated for any hours obtained via SPOT meetings, SPOT seminars, certification presentation (if certified) to your manager(s), office work or helping with miscellaneous events. We'll help keep track of these hours for each semester.
  • Presenters will start at $8.75/hour and receive a $0.25 raise for every 5 days of shows given, up to $9.50/hr.
  • Presenters certified for additional shows will start at a higher hourly rate (cap is still at $9.50/hr).
    • Certified for one presentation: Start at $8.75/hr
    • Certified for two presentations: Start at $9.00/hr or $0.25/hr raise
    • Certified for three presentations: Start at $9.25/hr or $0.25/hr raise
  • All payroll documentation and concerns should be reported directly to Chris Harmon.  Chris will work closely with managers to ensure accurate compensation.

Sign up for shows

It's how you get paid! The schedule can be viewed here

Submit your time sheet!

Please submit your hours within 24 hours of returning from your trip. 
The form is here

Keep a record of hours worked and once you are in the MSU payroll system you will also enter them on your MSU timecard.

Give us your suggestions!

We want to know how to improve the program. Play a role in improving SPOT! The form is here

Some Extra Resources for Presenters

New resources coming soon!


This years' Presentations:

It is estimated that 4 out of 5 individuals living in the continental US cannot see the milky way. Dark skies are our personal connection with the cosmos and Montana gives us the unique opportunity to explore our cosmos, both from observing our skies on a dark night or academically at our colleges and universities. Discover some of the marvels that we can see in our skies, where they are, what they are, and how we have learned more about them. Now join us as we aid you in your exploration of our place in the universe. 

Previous Years' Presentations:

Unveiling the Mysteries of Jupiter

Juno launched upon an Atlas V rocket on August 5, 2011 for its journey to our nearest gas giant, Jupiter. On July 4, 2016, after a nearly 5 year journey and becoming the fastest human-made object (accelerating to a remarkable 25 miles per second) during the Earth slingshot maneuver towards Jupiter, Juno finally arrived to it's stunning destination. For over a year Juno has beamed back a wealth of new information and images aiding in not only our understanding of the origin and evolution of the planet Jupiter, but of our solar system as well. Come join us as we explore Jupiter's mysteries being unveiled by NASA's Juno mission

Total Solar Eclipses: Revisiting the Great American Eclipse

What are total solar eclipses? Why are they so rare? Why was the 2017 total solar eclipse so special? Revisit the total solar eclipse from August 21st, 2017 from new perspecitves as the daylight sliped into minutes of darkness along a narrow strip of the continental US during the Great American Eclipse.

Pluto and Beyond 

This show looks a bit at the history of finding pluto and it's "demotion" of planetary status. Learn the story of Pluto and how that led to the amazing New Horizon NASA mission .

Astro Tech: Gravity as a Tool

This presentation looks at tools we use and hope to use to explore the universe around us. Begin learning about how light has been used to explore the universe. Then learn what gravity is at a fundamental level and how scientists plan to use gravity to divulge new secrets of the universe.

Astronomy/Night Sky Show: Eye on the Big Sky II

This presentation is based on the night sky and learning where some extrodinary objects are in our night sky and what they are. Explore objects in the heart of the milky way and summer and winter constellations. This presentation is recommended for grades 2-12. CURRENTLY NOT PROMOTED on presentation page. Contact a SPOT Manager or Shane for more details.

The Search for Life in our Solar System

This will be an extra show we will have as a backup. This presentation "embarks" on a NASA learning mission to investigate what it takes to look for life in the universe starting with our solar system. Begin with interview questions, then proceed to mission training and finish with a space exploration simulatin with the students. This presentation is recomended for grades K-5. CURRENTLY NOT PROMOTED on presentation page. Contact a SPOT Manager or Shane for more details.