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Welcome to the Graduate Student section of the Women in Planetary Science Blog!

Graduate students are welcome to read and contribute to all areas of this site, but this page is dedicated to posting and discussing graduate student specific opportunities such as fellowships, postdoctoral openings, career planning questions and answers, and the like.

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  1. November 18, 2014 10:58 pm

    Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position in experimental and observational cosmology and astrophysics. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on several research projects involving molecular line spectroscopy and will be involved in various aspects of the experiment including designing and building the instrument, assembly and integration, commissioning, and data analysis. These include working with Argus, a 16-pixel 75-116 GHz spectrometer array that will be deployed at the 100m Green Bank Telescope in late 2014, and the development of novel instruments to trace structure formation by mapping molecular line emission during the epochs of galaxy assembly and re-ionization. Argus is expected to map regions of star formation in our own and neighboring galaxies and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with data from the instrument. Applicants should have, or be close to completing, a PhD in astronomy, physics or a relevant field of electrical engineering, and a strong research background with demonstrated capabilities in experimental techniques and/or instrument development in any field of astronomy. Prior experience with MMIC amplifiers, RF design, and vacuum and cryogenic techniques is useful but not required.

    The position carries a competitive salary and benefits and is initially for two years with a possibility of extension. Some relocation costs will be provided. The start date is negotiable and could be as soon as early 2015, but a later start date, commensurate with the completion of PhD requirements, is perfectly acceptable.

    Applications can be submitted by email to Professor Sarah Church (schurch at stanford.edu) or by regular mail at the address given. Include a statement of past and present research interests, and the names of three referees who can be contacted for more information. Informal inquiries to Professor Church are also encouraged. Consideration of applications will begin December 20th but the position will remain open until filled and so late applications are perfectly fine.

    Stanford University is committed to equal opportunity through affirmative action in employment and we are especially eager to identify minority persons and women with appropriate qualifications.

  2. November 17, 2014 11:28 am

    Summer course “Life on Earth and Beyond – The History and Philosophy of the Origin of Life”
    Island of Ven, Sweden, 4 – 6 May 2015

    The aim of the course is to give participants a thorough overview of the historical, philosophical and ethical questions arising in this field. It is co-organised by the Nordic Network of Astrobiology and the EU COST Action “Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth and in the Universe”. The course is open for students and scientists in humanities, natural, social and political sciences. It will, amongst others deal with the following themes:
    Definition of life in a historical and philosophical context
    Biochemical evolution
    The tree of biological evolution
    Search for life outside Earth
    Philosophical, ethical and political questions arising with the quest for life on other celestial bodies

    A multitude of highly merited researchers have agreed to teach at the course: (see the course website for details). The deadline for application is 15 January 2015 23:59:00 UTC .

    Bursaries for students and early career scientists (up to 8 years after their Ph. D.) from most European countries (see homepage for details) are available.

  3. November 16, 2014 4:50 pm

    POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN LUNAR & ASTEROID EXPLORATION SCIENCE
    – PETROLOGY AND GEOCHEMISTRY

    The Universities Space Research Association’s Lunar and Planetary
    Institute (LPI), invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in
    lunar and asteroid exploration science for a full-time exempt position
    in the Houston, Texas area. The successful candidate will join
    Dr. David A. Kring and over two dozen other scientists in the Center
    for Lunar Science and Exploration, which is one of nine national
    centers of excellence supported by NASA’s Solar System Exploration
    Research Virtual Institute. The main goals of the Center’s activities
    are to address NASA’s highest lunar and asteroid exploration science
    objectives, including activities in preparation of robotic and crewed
    landings.

    Applications from those with recent Ph.D.s in the fields of petrology
    and geochemistry are encouraged to apply. Previous experience with
    lunar samples, chondritic meteorites, and/or impact lithologies will be
    advantageous, but is not required.

    Interested applicants should apply to the posting at:

    https://usracareers.silkroad.com/

  4. November 9, 2014 3:41 pm

    MIT Postdoctoral Associate Position in the Fournier Lab

    Research position in Paleogenomics, Phylogenetics, Microbial Evolution and Astrobiology

    The Fournier Lab within the Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences Department at MIT is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Postdoctoral Associate for a 1-year appointment with possible extension, to begin during the 2014-2015 academic year. Ongoing research areas include microbial phylogenetics and phylometabolomics, development of molecular clock models and time calibration of microbial evolution across planetary timescales, horizontal gene transfer, ancestral sequence reconstruction, genomic paleontology, and co-evolution of microbial ecology and planetary processes.

    Requirements: PhD with a strong background in bioinformatics, phylogenetics, statistics, and computer programming.

    Qualified applicants are encourged to apply by email to Professor Greg Fournier, g4nier at mit.edu

  5. November 4, 2014 6:06 pm

    The LPI-JSC Center for Lunar Science and Exploration has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher in petrological and geochemical studies of lunar and chondritic lithologies.
    See more at http://www.lpi.usra.edu/exploration/opportunities/Lunar_Asteriod_Exploration_Science_Postdoc.pdf

  6. November 3, 2014 1:28 pm

    NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program

    NASA announces a call for graduate fellowship proposals to the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program for the 2015-2016 academic year. This call for fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities.

    The deadline for NEW applications is February 2, 2015, and the deadline for RENEWAL applications is March 16, 2015.

    The NESSF call for proposals and submission instructions are located at the NESSF 15 solicitation index page at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ – click on “Solicitations” then click on “Open Solicitations” then select the “NESSF 15″ announcement. Also refer to “Proposal Submission Instructions” and “Frequently Asked Questions” listed under “Other Documents” on the NESSF 15 solicitation index page.

  7. November 2, 2014 5:19 pm

    *Postdoctoral position in lunar magnetism at the Institut de Physique du
    Globe de Paris*

    The Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP) is inviting applications
    for a postdoctoral position in the broad field of lunar magnetism. This
    one-year position (renewable for a second year) aims to decipher the origin
    of crustal magnetism by modeling spacecraft-derived magnetic field data.
    Potential research projects include modeling the direction of crustal
    magnetization, comparisons of derived crustal magnetization with measured
    properties of lunar samples, and correlations between magnetic anomalies
    and GRAIL gravity. As part of a larger project, the applicant will have the
    opportunity to collaborate with paleomagneticists at CEREGE (Aix en
    Provence) and geodynamo modelers at ISTerre (Grenoble).

    To apply, please provide a CV, publication list, contact information of two
    references, and a 2-page letter that motivates the applicant’s interest in
    the topic and that describes prior relevant research experience. Please
    respond by email to Mark Wieczorek (wieczor at ipgp.fr) before March 23, 2015.

  8. October 26, 2014 2:20 pm

    Postdoctoral Positions in Molecular Geomicrobiology at Michigan State University

    Application Deadline December 1, 2014

    Postdoctoral opportunities are available in molecular geomicrobiology in the lab of Dr. Matt Schrenk at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI, USA). Microbial communities contained within subsurface environments may be important conduits for the exchange of carbon and energy between the deep Earth and the biosphere- yet surprisingly little is known of their extent, their identities, or their activities. We invite applications for a postdoctoral research associate that will link biogeochemical approaches with studies of microbial physiology and –omics techniques. The research will specifically address microbial activities in subsurface environments influenced by hydrogen and methane and make important contributions to resolving their contributions to carbon fluxes through these ecosystems. Candidates with interests in microbial physiology or analytical biogeochemistry are particularly encouraged to apply. For more information, please see: http://www.schrenklab.com.

    For consideration, please submit three items to Dr. Matt Schrenk (schrenkm at msu.edu):
    (i) a cover letter describing your research goals and your specific motivation to join the laboratory, (ii) a CV, and (iii) contact information for three references, including your Ph.D. supervisor.

  9. October 26, 2014 2:18 pm

    Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities in Planetary/Exoplanet Science

    Deadline for applications and letters of recommendation: December 1, 2014.

    The University of Toronto Centre for Planetary Sciences (CPS) is a centre for the study of all planets. The CPS expects to offer several postdoctoral fellowships of up to three years. The starting date will be September 1, 2015. Salaries and funds for travel/research expenses will be competitive. A Ph.D. in any field of earth and planetary sciences or astrophysics is required. Fellows are expected to carry out original research in observational or theoretical planetary/ exoplanet science under the general supervision of the CPS-affiliated faculty at U of T.

    Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Applicants are asked to submit a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests (3 pages) and arrange for three letters of recommendation (note that two different websites are used for the application and for the submission of reference letters).

    The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

    CPS Information Website: http://cps.utoronto.ca/

    CPS Fellows Application Website: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/webapps/webforms/cps/postdoctoralfellows.php

  10. October 26, 2014 2:17 pm

    Recruiting Science Mentors for the SAGANet.org Fall 2014 Program

    SAGANet.org is looking for early-career scientists (grads, postdocs, starting faculty) interested in mentoring opportunities to engage the public in the excitement of science! As a SAGANet.org mentor, you will have the opportunity to connect with teachers, K-12 students and families using virtual and social media.

    Benefits of Becoming a SAGANet.org Mentor

    Low time commitment: ~5-10 hours total for the fall semester.
    High impact way to engage in STEM outreach from the comfort of your own desk! No commute necessary!
    Expert training in science communication skills and mentoring best practices.
    A peer-support group of like-minded early career scientists interested in engaging the public in the wonders of science!
    Participating mentors will receive expert training in science communication and earn a certificate of recognition upon completion of their mentoring experience!

    Fall 2014 Programs in Need of Mentors

    Discovery Room Science @ Home!
    Pair up with an elementary school student and their family to bring science into their home by working together to prepare a science project for a school fair! Program runs October 27th – December 12th, 2014, 10 Mentors Needed, total time commitment ~ 6 hours over 6 weeks.

    Pittsburg Science Challenge!
    Work with at-risk youth to build their confidence and presentation skills, while engaging them in the wonders of astrobiology, as you help them prepare to give a short public science presentation for their class! Program runs October 27th – December 19th, 2014, 10 Mentors Needed, total time commitment ~ 10 hours over 7 weeks.

    Find out more about the Fall 2014 Programs at http://saganet.org/page/current-programs

  11. October 26, 2014 2:15 pm

    PROPOSAL WRITING WORKSHOP AT DPS

    Curious about how to improve the quality of the proposals you send to
    NASA? Ever wonder what the review panel is really looking for when it
    reviews that proposal? In conjunction with the DPS workshop on “How to
    be a PI,” the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters is
    offering a shortened Proposal Writing Workshop at DPS that is based on
    the cumulative experience of current and former Discipline Scientists
    who have managed a variety of Research and Announcement (R&A) programs
    at NASA Headquarters. The specific focus of this intense, educational
    session is to provide a greater understanding of NASA’s review process
    and offer constructive and practical insight into writing an effective
    research proposal. The event is open to all at no charge and will be
    held on Sunday, November 9, from 12-2 pm in Arizona Ballroom 11/12.
    All interested planetary scientists, from graduate students through
    emeritus professors, are encouraged to attend, and the workshop will
    end in time for participants to also attend the “How to be a PI”
    workshop.

    To register, send an e-mail with your name, affiliation, and current
    position to curt.niebur@nasa.gov.

  12. October 26, 2014 2:14 pm

    POSTDOC POSITION AT LOWELL OBSERVATORY

    Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at Lowell
    Observatory to work on an investigation of solids and liquids in the
    outer solar system, in particular relating to the surfaces of Titan
    and Kuiper Belt Objects. The project links theory, laboratory
    experiments, and observations. This postdoc position will focus on
    laboratory experiments in the Northern Arizona University (NAU)
    Astrophysical Ice Lab, but will include opportunities to work on
    observations and theory as well. This position will be co-supervised
    by Drs. Henry Roe and Will Grundy.

    The initial appointment is for three years with an additional two year
    extension expected based on performance. The start date is negotiable,
    but preferably in early 2015. This position is funded by a 5-year
    grant from the John and Maureen Hendricks Charitable Foundation and
    comes with a competitive salary and full benefits, including
    relocation. Additional funding is available for research resources,
    such as lab and computer equipment, attending conferences, or other
    research-related travel.

    For more information see:

    http://www.lowell.edu/about_jobs.php

    http://www.lowell.edu/documents/jobs/Post%20Doctoral%20Research

    %20Associate%202014-22.pdf

    Applications received by 15-Dec-2014 will be given full consideration.
    Later applications will be considered until the position is filled.

  13. October 16, 2014 2:10 pm

    The American Geosciences Institute is currently accepting applications for the AGI/Schlumberger Fellowship in Geoscience Communication. The successful candidate will play a leading role in AGI’s Critical Issues program, a new initiative to make relevant geoscience information more accessible to decision makers at all levels. The program is supported through AGI’s Center for Geoscience Education and Public Understanding.

    The fellowship offers a superb opportunity to link the geoscience community and our understanding of the Earth to decision-making processes throughout the country.

    The successful candidate will be a highly creative communicator who is
    proficient in traditional and new media and can deliver geoscience information effectively and efficiently to targeted audiences. We seek applicants with excellent writing and graphical skills who have experience in web content development and social media, in addition to a broad geoscience background. Enthusiasm and team spirit are essential.

    Candidates should have completed, or be currently pursuing, a Master’s or higher degree.

    The fellowship is a 6- to 12-month appointment, based at AGI headquarters in Alexandria, VA. The fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000 per month. The starting date for the Fellowship will be based on the schedule of the successful candidate, but is expected to be in January or February 2015.

    The closing date for application materials is October 26, 2014.

    Inquiries about the position can be sent to cipinfo at agiweb.org. Please use the subject line “AGI/Schlumberger Fellowship.”

  14. October 14, 2014 11:02 am

    Post-Doctoral Research Associate

    School of Physics and Astronomy

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    We are seeking a post-doctoral research associate to contribute to a 3-year NSF-funded project titled “Transfer of math, physics, and communication skills into the entry-level photonics workforce”, NSF DGE-1432578. The post-doc will be part of a project team that includes Prof. Benjamin Zwickl (RIT Physics), Prof. Kelly Martin (RIT Communication), and multiple undergraduate and graduate students. The project seeks to answer two major questions about the Rochester-region optics, photonics, and imaging sector: (1) How do different groups (hiring managers, supervisors, and entry-level employees) perceive a skills gap between attaining a degree (AS, BS, MS) and the skills needed for the workplace (inclusive of academia and industry)? (2) What are the ways that entry-level employees in the workplace use physics, optics, mathematics, and communication skills? See http://www.rit.edu/cos/smerc/OpticsWorkforceSummary.pdf for more information about the project.

    The postdoctoral researcher will work with the project team to interview study participants; conduct on-site workplace observations; analyze the majority of the qualitative data on workplace usage of mathematics and optics/physics content knowledge; conduct validation interviews for the surveys of math, communication, and physics/optics usage in the workplace; and communicate results to others in higher education and physics education research (PER) through published papers and conference presentations. The postdoc will be affiliated with the Science and Mathematics Education Research Collaborative http://www.rit.edu/cos/smerc/, and will have additional mentoring opportunities through RIT’s Center for Advancing Science/Mathematics Teaching, Learning, & Evaluation (CASTLE) http://www.rit.edu/cos/castle/ .

    The candidate must have a PhD in one of the following fields: Physics, Education, Physics Education Research, or related field.

    Applications will receive full consideration if received by Dec. 12, 2014. The position will remain open until filled. Applicants must submit a Curriculum Vitae, a cover letter explaining their interests in PER and STEM workforce issues, and 2 letters of recommendation. Apply online at http://careers.rit.edu/ Use code 1380BR to locate the position announcement.

    Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with an enrollment of approximately 18,000 students. The School of Physics and Astronomy consists of 36 faculty, 4 postdocs and 135 majors.
    Questions regarding the position may be directed to Prof. Benjamin Zwickl, School of Physics and Astronomy, benjamin.m.zwickl at rit.edu

  15. October 12, 2014 5:19 pm

    CPS POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN PLANETARY/EXOPLANET SCIENCE

    The University of Toronto Centre for Planetary Sciences (CPS) is a
    centre for the study of all planets. The CPS expects to offer several
    postdoctoral fellowships of up to three years. The starting date will
    be September 1, 2015. Salaries and funds for travel/research expenses
    will be competitive. A Ph.D. in any field of earth and planetary
    sciences or astrophysics is required. Fellows are expected to carry
    out original research in observational or theoretical planetary/
    exoplanet science under the general supervision of the CPS-affiliated
    faculty at U of T.

    Electronic submissions only. Applicants are asked to submit a
    curriculum vitae, statement of research interests (3 pages) and
    arrange for three letters of recommendation (note that two different
    websites are used for the application and for the submission of
    reference letters).

    The deadline for applications and all letters of recommendation is
    December 1, 2014. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to
    diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications
    from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons,
    persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and
    others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

    CPS Information Website:

    http://cps.utoronto.ca/

    CPS Fellows Application Website:

    http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/webapps/webforms/cps

    /postdoctoralfellows.php

  16. October 12, 2014 5:19 pm

    POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE – STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY

    Required: PhD, or the equivalent degree from a foreign university, in
    Geosciences, Planetary Sciences, Astronomy, Physics or related field.
    Applicant must have successfully defended their dissertation prior to
    the start date. Course work or research experience in remote sensing
    and/or geospatial analyses and planetary geology.

    Preferred: Research experience related to geology of Mars. Experience
    in processing and analyzing infrared spectral datasets from spacecraft.
    Experience with scientific programming in IDL, Python, Matlab, C+-based
    language, or similar. Effective writing and verbal communication
    skills. Demonstrated outstanding research ability, with an emphasis on
    critical thinking skills and high productivity.

    Duties: Conduct research in Planetary Science, with emphasis on
    quantitative studies of Martian surface and crustal materials through
    analysis of spacecraft data.

    Responsible for: Process, analyze and interpret visible and infrared
    images from Mars. Summarize findings in conference presentations and
    publications. Process, analyze and interpret supporting data sets and
    models such as elevation, geologic maps, and general circulation
    models. Read and synthesize information from relevant scientific
    literature to inform geologic interpretations of planetary data.

    This position is full-time.

    Application Procedure: For a complete description and instructions on
    “how to apply”, please visit:

    http://www.stonybrook.edu/jobs/

    and select the reference # WC-R-9213-14-09-S.

  17. October 1, 2014 10:24 am

    *Fully funded PhD position in lunar science (4 years)*

    *VU University Amsterdam*

    The Geology and Geochemistry (GG) Cluster of the Department of Earth
    Sciences, VU University Amsterdam, is offering a four-year PhD studentship
    focused on providing new constraints on the structure and evolution of the
    crust of the Moon. Within the GG cluster, researchers work on numerous
    topics including mantle petrology, carbonate sedimentology, geochemistry,
    geochronology, and planetary science. Lunar evolution is a major research
    focus of the planetary science team. The studentship is fully funded by a
    NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) User Support
    Programme Space Research grant. Within this international project you will
    collaborate with researchers at the ESA technical center, ESTEC (European
    Space Research and Technology Centre) in Noordwijk (Netherlands) and at the
    IPGP (Institut de Physique du Globe) in Paris.

    *Tasks*

    You will combine recent remote sensing datasets (e.g., imagery, altimetry,
    spectroscopy, etc.) with new generations of geophysical models to provide
    estimates on the thickness, structure and composition of the lunar
    crust. Integrating
    multiple remote sensing observations in the framework of mineralogical and
    geophysical models for the interpretation of the lunar crust will be one of
    the main tasks. You will also design and implement models to reconcile
    surface observations with up-to-date experimental research on lunar
    interior evolution currently performed at Amsterdam.

    *Requirements*

    · A completed MSc degree in the field of planetary science, physics, geophysics, geology, or similar relevant field;

    · Basic knowledge of remote sensing software;

    · Good knowledge of planetary science and/or geology;

    · Strong analytical and numerical skills;

    · Excellent research and writing skills,

    · Good command of the English Language;

    · Good communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.

    *Further particulars*

    Four years of funding are available. The starting date is negotiable,
    preferably no later than January 2015. You can find information about our
    excellent fringe benefits of employment at http://www.workingatvu.nl , including:

    · remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;

    · generous contribution (70%) to commuting allowance based on public transport;

    · discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance);

    · a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge.

    *Salary*

    The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic
    personnel, range from a minimum of € 2083,-gross per month in the first
    year up to a maximum of € 2664,- in the fourth year based on full-time
    employment.

    *Information*

    For additional information please contact:
    Prof. dr. Wim van Westrenen, Dr. Jessica Flahaut and/or Dr. Sebastien Besse

    e-mails: w.van.westrenen (at) vu.nl; j.d.flahaut (at) vu.nl; sbesse (at) cosmos.esa.int

    website: http://www.falw.vu.nl

    *Application*

    You are invited to send a cover letter accompanied by your Curriculum Vitae
    and contact information for three referees by email to: Mrs. Fenny Bosse:
    f.bosse (at) vu.nl .Please mention vacancy number 14320 in the email header.
    Deadline for applications is October 30, 2014.

  18. September 23, 2014 4:32 pm

    The Chemical Sciences Division (CSD) in the Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate is seeking a planetary sciences postdoctoral researcher. This position requires US citizenship. The successful candidate will contribute to several research projects funded by NASA, as well to projects funded by the Department of Energy. NASA related projects will address the origin and evolution of primordial Solar System condensates, primitive meteorites, lunar samples, and martian meteorites. The candidate is expected to have experience with chemical separation by ion chromatography in a class 100 clean room environment, as with as with isotopic analyses by either multi-collector inductively coupled or thermal ionization mass spectrometry. This individual will report to the Group Leader for Chemical and Isotopic Signatures. Send CV to Lars Borg (borg5 at llnl.gov) or Ian Hutcheon (hutcheon1 at llnl.gov).

  19. September 15, 2014 1:27 pm

    Applications are now being accepted for a Postdoctoral Research Associate, funded through the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) and the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology (CRESST), to work in the Planetary Magnetospheres Laboratory of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in the area of Jupiter’s magnetic field and magnetosphere, using data from the Juno (New Frontier) mission. Additional details are available at: http://www.astro.umd.edu/employment/#Juno

    Candidates for this position should have a Ph.D. in a relevant scientific discipline with prior experience conducting scientific research. Experience with magnetometer instrumentation and data, disciplined programming skills (primarily Fortran and IDL), and scientific writing experience are desired.

    The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity employer. All applications received by Sept. 26, 2014 will receive full consideration.

  20. September 11, 2014 10:14 am

    Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

    Application Deadline: November 6, 2014

    The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute is soliciting applications for five Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowships to begin in the fall of 2015. The deadline for applications and letters of reference and endorsement is Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 4 pm PST.

    The Sagan Fellowships support outstanding recent postdoctoral scientists to conduct independent research that is broadly related to the science goals of NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration program. The primary goal of missions within this program is to discover and characterize planetary systems and Earth-like planets around nearby stars.

    More information visit: http://nexsci.caltech.edu/sagan/fellowship.shtml.

  21. September 11, 2014 10:13 am

    ESA Postdoctoral Fellowships in Space Science

    Application Deadline: October 1, 2014

    The European Space Agency awards several postdoctoral fellowships each year. The aim of these fellowships is to provide young scientists, holding a PhD or the equivalent degree, with the means of performing space science research in fields related to the ESA Science and Robotic Exploration Programs. Areas of research include planetary science, astronomy and astrophysics, solar and solar-terrestrial science, plasma physics and fundamental physics. The fellowships have a duration of two years and are tenable at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Netherlands, or at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain.

    Applications are now solicited for fellowships in space science to begin in the fall of 2015. Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates within five years of receiving their PhD. Candidates not yet holding a PhD are encouraged to apply, but they must provide evidence that they have received their degree before starting the fellowship.

    For more information visit: http://cosmos.esa.int/fellowship.

  22. September 11, 2014 10:13 am

    Postdoctoral Associate Opportunity at MIT in the Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences Department
    The Fournier Lab within the Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences Department at MIT is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Postdoctoral Associate for a 1-year appointment, with possible extension, to begin in the Fall of 2014.

    –> See NAI (NASA Astrobiology Institute) newsletter for more info

  23. September 11, 2014 10:08 am

    Application for Exploration Postdoctoral Fellow

    The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University invites applications for the position of Exploration Fellow. The mission of the postdoctoral fellowship is to foster SESE’s interdisciplinary research program by attracting and supporting outstanding early-career scientists and engineers to pursue independent research in collaboration with SESE faculty. Research areas within SESE encompass theoretical and observational astrophysics, astrobiology, cosmology, earth and planetary science, instrumentation and systems engineering, and science education.

    http://sese.asu.edu/content/application-exploration-postdoctoral-fellow

    Applications due: October 31, 2014

  24. lovenstars permalink
    July 29, 2014 7:46 am

    Hello All, I got this through my alma mater email. Looks like a good program if you’re interested in possibly working for NASA after school:

    “As you know NASA, and other Federal agencies, are always looking for the best and brightest science and engineering talent. To help agencies find those talented individuals, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) developed and piloted a STEM track of the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program.

    The PMF Program is a Federal-wide, flagship leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. The Program attracts and selects the best candidates possible and is designed with a focus on developing a cadre of potential government leaders. The PMF-STEM track seeks to identify the best future government leaders in STEM disciplines and place them in entry-level positions in Federal agencies around the country. PMF-STEM was piloted last year with a low key rollout.

    This year, OPM would like to expand the PMF-STEM track to continue to support the STEM needs of the Federal government. Here’s what you need to know about the PMF-STEM Program:

    * The PMF-STEM program is open to graduate students in STEM fields (degree must be confirmed by August 31, 2015);
    * Applicants must be a U.S. citizen;
    * The annual call for applications comes out in the fall (September – October) on http://www.USAJobs.gov and is generally open for 2 weeks;
    * Applicants must apply through http://www.USAJobs.gov;
    * More information about the program and application process, including a detailed list of eligibility requirements, can be found at http://www.pmf.gov and information on the PMF-STEM track can be found at http://www.pmf.gov/the-opportunity/pmf-stem.aspx.

    Additionally, please go to the Academia page of the PMF website which includes important information for the academia community: http://www.pmf.gov/academia/index.aspx. I encourage you to click on the link on the left-hand side of that page to subscribe to the PMF Campus Listserve (basically, email listserv@listserv.opm.gov in plain text formatting without signature or attachments). Through the listserve you will receive important program updates.

    Federal agencies hire PMF-STEM Finalists into paid, entry-level, two-year Fellowship positions. At the end of the Fellowship, Finalists have 2 years of Federal work experience and may be non-competitively converted into permanent positions within the Federal government. NASA participated in the 2014 pilot and intends to actively consider PMF-STEM candidates for the 2015 program.

    More information will be sent out when it becomes available; including information about OPM Adobe Connect information sessions for faculty and students. This is a great opportunity for your graduate students and I encourage you to share information about the program with them.

    Please Share with your communities.

    For further information please call:

    Joeletta Patrick, M.B.A.
    Assistant Director STEM Education & Accountability (SEA) (MUREP Manager) Education Office, NASA HQ, 4P25
    Office: (202) 358-2370
    Cell: (202) 262-5546
    Fax: (202) 358-7097

    “Our worst fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

  25. June 9, 2014 6:04 am

    LUNAR AND SMALL BODIES GRADUATE CONFERENCE 2014 – FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT

    Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Lunar and Small Bodies Graduate Conference (LunGradCon 2014) to be held on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the NASA Ames Research Center, preceding the NASA Exploration Science Forum (ESF). With the expanded interests of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), the scope of this year’s LunGradCon is also expanding to include both lunar and small bodies science. LunGradCon provides an opportunity for grad students and early-career postdocs to present their research on lunar and small body science in a low-stress, friendly environment, being critiqued only by their peers. In addition to oral presentations, the conference presents opportunities for professional development and networking with fellow grad students and postdocs, as well as senior members of SSERVI. A limited amount of funding will be provided for travel and lodging costs. The deadline for registration and abstract submission is June 13th 2014, 11:59 PM PDT.

    For more details, please visit:

    http://impact.colorado.edu/lungradcon/2014/

    or email any questions to: lungradcon@gmail.com.

  26. May 30, 2014 2:03 pm

    Field Training and Research Program at Meteor Crater
    Barringer Meteorite Crater, Arizona
    October 4 – October 12, 2014

    The LPI-JSC Center for Lunar Science and Exploration is excited to announce a student field camp opportunity coming this fall! The Field Training and Research Program at Meteor Crater is organized under the auspices of the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), which is designed, in part, to train a new generation of explorers for the Moon and beyond.

    The Field Training and Research Program at Meteor Crater is a week-long geology field class and research project based at Barringer Meteorite Crater, Arizona, more popularly known as Meteor Crater. The goal will be to introduce students to impact cratering processes and provide an opportunity to assist with a research project at the crater. Skills developed during the field camp should better prepare the students for their own thesis studies in impact cratered terrains, whether they be on Earth, the Moon, asteroids, Mars, or some other Solar System planetary surface.

    The field camp is designed for graduate college students in geology and planetary science programs, although advanced undergraduate students will be considered if they have successfully completed a summer field geology program and have a demonstrated interest in impact cratering processes. U.S. and international students are eligible to apply.

    The field camp is offered October 4–October 12, 2014, and limited to sixteen participants. Interested candidates should apply by July 11, 2014, to be considered.

    For more information, please visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/exploration/mcFieldCamp/.

  27. May 24, 2014 9:38 am

    LunGradCon 2014 is coming up! Registration is open and abstracts on lunar and small bodies science are now being accepted. If you are a grad student or early career postdoc attending the Exploration Science Forum in July, LunGradCon is a great way to get some presentation practice and meet fellow young scientists. Formal announcement below:

    LUNAR AND SMALL BODIES GRADUATE CONFERENCE 2014 – SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT AND ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE

    Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Lunar and Small Bodies Graduate Conference (LunGradCon 2014) to be held on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the NASA Ames Research Center, preceding the NASA Exploration Science Forum (ESF). With the expanded interests of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), the scope of this year’s LunGradCon is also expanding to include both lunar and small bodies science. LunGradCon provides an opportunity for grad students and early-career postdocs to present their research on lunar and small body science in a low-stress, friendly environment, being critiqued only by their peers. In addition to oral presentations, the conference presents opportunities for professional development and networking with fellow grad students and postdocs, as well as senior members of SSERVI. A limited amount of funding will be provided for travel and lodging costs. The deadline for regsitration and abstract submission is June 13th 2014, 11:59 PM PDT.

    For more details, please visit http://impact.colorado.edu/lungradcon/2014/ or email any questions to: lungradcon@gmail.com.

  28. May 13, 2014 11:22 am

    For those who are also AGU members:
    I am about to graduate – What on Earth do I do now? 10 things you can do NOW to get a job
    Join us for a webinar on 13 May, 3:00—4:00 P.M. EDT
    Whether you started career planning and job searching a year ago, a month ago, or today, there are a few things you can do to get the ball rolling and land a job you enjoy. Number 1: Don’t panic! It’s never too late to launch a thoughtful strategy. Number 2: Know that you are valuable in myriad industries and ecosystems. In this webinar, you will learn specific tasks you can do RIGHT NOW to get a job and advance in your career.
    Space is limited. Reserve your spot today

    https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/392893745

  29. April 8, 2014 3:25 pm

    FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT – LUNGRADCON 2014

    Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Lunar and Small Bodies Graduate Conference (LunGradCon 2014) to be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20, 2014 at the NASA Ames Research Center (ARC), preceding the NASA Exploration Science Forum. LunGradCon provides an opportunity for grad students and early-career postdocs to present their research on lunar and small body science in a low-stress, friendly environment, being critiqued only by their peers. In addition to oral presentations, the conference presents opportunities for professional development and networking with fellow grad students and postdocs, as well as senior members of the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute. A limited amount of funding will be provided for travel and lodging costs.

    For more details, please visit:

    http://impact.colorado.edu/lungradcon/2014/

    or email any questions to: lungradcon@gmail.com.

  30. April 4, 2014 2:06 pm

    The Earth and Planetary Sciences department at Johns Hopkins has just posted an ad for its Blaustein Departmental Fellowship. This year, the search will be focused on candidates with an interest in the broad areas of planetary atmospheric chemistry or planetary geology/geophysics, with a focus on terrestrial planets or icy satellites. Anticipated support is for 2 years, and review of candidates will begin on 5/1.
    The full ad is posted at: eps.jhu.edu/Blaustein_Ad_2014.pdf, and interested folks are encouraged to contact either Kevin Lewis (klewis at jhu.edu) and/or Sarah Horst (sarah.horst at jhu.edu) for more info!

  31. lovenstars permalink
    April 2, 2014 6:22 pm

    Gradschool Fall 2014 opportunity!

    “The opening is at Hampton University’s Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences — we offer MS and PhD degrees in Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, and my project could support either of the tracks (i.e., “Atmospheric Sciences” track or “Planetary Science” track). Here’s a link to our website: http://cas.hamptonu.edu/
    Contact: kunio.sayanagi@hamptonu.edu

    Our objective is to improve cloud-tracking wind measurement methods primarily for planetary mission remote-sensing applications. Currently, there are several approaches to measure wind fields by tracking cloud motions but their performances and characteristics have not been compared side by side in a systematic way. So our study will try to determine what’s working and what’s not. This will involve a large amount of data and extensive image processing, so programming background will be highly desirable.”

    Email Dr. Sayanagi if you’re interested at kunio.sayanagi@hamptonu.edu

  32. April 1, 2014 11:56 am

    The L’Oréal For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in the STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations. More than 2,000 women scientists in over 100 countries have been recognized since the program began in 1998.

    The L’Oréal USA For Women In Science fellowship program will award five post-doctoral women scientists in the United States this year with grants of up to $60,000 each. Applicants are welcome from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.

    I invite you to collaborate with us and spread the word to your community about this special fellowship program for exceptional female post-doctoral researchers. We are looking for role models for the next generation and hope to help encourage girls to pursue careers in science.

    Applications are available now at https://lorealfwis.aaas.org/login/indexA.cfmand are due on Monday, May 19, 2014.
    More information on the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program can be found at http://www.lorealusa.com/forwomeninscience.

  33. February 23, 2014 6:02 pm

    NASA Astrobiology Early Career Collaboration Award

    Application Deadline: April 1

    The Astrobiology Early Career Collaboration Award offers research-related travel support for undergraduate, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior scientists. Applicants are encouraged to use these resources to circulate among two or more laboratories supported by the NASA Astrobiology Program (ASTEP, ASTID, Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology or the NAI), however any travel that is critical for the applicant’s research will be considered. Travelers must be formally affiliated with a U.S. institution. Requests are limited to $5,000.

    For application details visit https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/nai/funding/nasa-astrobiology-early-career-collaboration-award/

  34. February 11, 2014 1:03 pm

    The Astromaterials directorate at NASA Johnson Space Center is looking for applicants to the NASA Pathways Co-op Program which is a relatively new program at JSC and only recently has been opened up to science students. We are seeking outstanding graduate students that are currently enrolled in graduate program to participate in this part-time program where students will work part-time at the Johnson Space Center as a paid intern conducting research in pursuit of their doctorate degree. The students would spend part of the year living and working at JSC and the other part of the year working at their home institutions. Applicants must be US citizens.

    Cover letters included with the application should include a brief description of the research project to be conducted and how it would complement the ongoing research at ARES. Research topics should focus on planetary science with an emphasis on astromaterials such as meteorites, terrestrial analogs, and returned samples. Strong applications will have large overlap with ongoing research activities at ARES. We strongly encourage prospective applicants to contact us (poc: paul.b.niles at nasa.gov) prior to applying so that a suitable project can be outlined that will also contribute to the students final dissertation.

    This program has a number of advantages including substantial financial support through graduation, payment of travel and transportation expenses between JSC and the home institution, other potential reimbursements including annual leave and sick leave. In addition, upon graduation interns may be considered for conversion to permanent employment at Johnson Space Center as a civil servant.

    The application deadline for the fall semester is February 28th, 2014 and must be submitted through USA Jobs (Job Announcement Number: JS14I0002). Students will be expected to start no later than August 25, 2014. More information is available in the job announcement: http://tinyurl.com/p5wqbav. While this program is primarily used for engineering students, we are beginning to bring well qualified planetary science graduate students through it as well.

  35. February 10, 2014 11:34 am

    SESSION TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF YOUR NASA PROPOSALS

    Curious about how to improve the quality of the proposals you send to
    NASA? Ever wonder what the review panel is really looking for when it
    reviews that proposal? The Planetary Science Division at NASA
    Headquarters is offering a Proposal Writing Workshop at LPSC that is
    based on the cumulative experience of current and former Discipline
    Scientists who have managed a variety of Research and Announcement
    (R&A) programs at NASA Headquarters. The specific focus of this
    intense, educational session is to provide a greater understanding of
    NASA’s research programs and review process and offer constructive and
    practical insight into writing an effective research proposal. The
    event is open to all at no charge and will be held on Sunday, March
    16, from 12-4 pm in Waterway 1. All interested planetary scientists,
    from graduate students through emeritus professors, are encouraged to
    attend.

    To register, send an e-mail with your name, affiliation, and current
    position to curt.niebur at nasa.gov.

  36. February 2, 2014 9:04 pm

    AbGradCon 2014 – Now Accepting Applications!

    We’re pleased to announce that applications for the Astrobiology Graduate Student Conference (AbGradCon) 2014 are now open! You can find all of the details on the website (www.abgradcon.org).

    Don’t forget to submit your design for our logo to replace the temporary one on the website and for the conference!

  37. January 27, 2014 12:03 pm

    2014 Santander Summer School: Habitable Environments in the Universe

    The 2014 International Summer School in Astrobiology will be held at the summer campus of the Spanish National University (UIMP), Palacio de la Magdalena, Santander, Spain, June 23-27, 2014.

    This year’s theme is “Habitable Environments in the Universe.” The school will provide an interdisciplinary examination of the nature and evaluation of habitability, an environment’s ability to support life. Topics to be covered will include life’s requirements and the limits of life, the factors that affect habitability for local and global environments, and potentially habitable environments in our Solar System and on extrasolar planets.

    The school includes a week of lectures from international experts, round-table discussions, student projects, and a field trip to a nearby site of astrobiological interest. On-site accommodation and all meals are provided.

    The application deadline will be February 28 for NAI student travel scholarships, and students of any nationality studying at a US institution are eligible. These scholarships cover travel costs, school fees, accommodation and meals.

    http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/media/medialibrary/2014/01/2014UIMPapplications.pdf

  38. January 27, 2014 12:01 pm

    Sorry for the late notice on this one…
    The Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology

    Application Deadline: February 3, 2014

    The American Philosophical Society and the NASA Astrobiology Institute have partnered to promote the continued exploration of the world around us through a program of research grants in support of astrobiological field studies undertaken by graduate students, postdoctoral students, and early career scientists who are affiliated with U.S. institutions.

    The Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology is designed for field studies in any area of astrobiology research. Grants may be used for travel and related expenses, including field equipment, up to $5,000. Applications will be reviewed by a committee that includes members of the NAI, the APS, and the wider science community as needed. Recipients will be designated as Lewis and Clark Field Scholars in Astrobiology.

    Additional information, including the application forms and instructions, is available at the APS’s Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology page: http://www.amphilsoc.org/grants/astrobiology

  39. January 27, 2014 12:00 pm

    Microbial Diversity Summer Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory

    Application Deadline: February 3, 2014

    Launched in 1971 by HolgerJannasch, the Microbial Diversity summer course at the Marine Biological Laboratory has trained generations of scientists from diverse backgrounds. The course will be held at MBL July 5 – August 21 and is an intense immersion experience for 20 students that lasts 6.5 weeks.

    For all the information visit: http://hermes.mbl.edu/education/courses/summer/course_micro_div.html

  40. January 27, 2014 12:00 pm

    2014 International Geobiology Course

    Application Deadline: February 15

    The course is an intense learning experience, typically for mid-Ph.D. level graduate students and is approximately 5 weeks long. It will begin in Los Angeles, California, with a field trip north to several geobiologically relevant sites in the Mono Lake, California area, followed by laboratory time at Cal State Fullerton and the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies on Catalina Island, California.

    You can view a short video produced last year that sums up the experience of the course and it is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38KC4QYRnJM

    We seek qualified students from any institution and any country. Application and information about the course can be found at: http://dornsife.usc.edu/wrigley/geobiology

  41. January 27, 2014 11:58 am

    NASA Ames Academy for Space Exploration

    Application Deadline: February 7

    NASA Ames Academy is a Diverse Summer Program that Focuses on Leadership, Team Building, and Provides Direct Contact with NASA Research in Advanced Science and Engineering. The 10-week summer Academy, for undergraduates and graduate students, runs from the 2nd week of June through the third week of August. Transportation and housing will be provided by NASA in addition to a $4k stipend from your Space Grant for the summer.

    For application information visit: http://academyapp.com/.
    For information on the academy visit: http://academy.arc.nasa.gov/

  42. January 27, 2014 11:45 am

    Harvard-MIT Postdoctoral Fellowships for Future Faculty Leaders program – applications due Feb 1

    Harvard college invites applications for the inaugural cohort of the newly launched Harvard-MIT Postdoctoral Fellowships for Future Faculty Leaders program. The program specifically seeks individuals whose research will contribute to increasing diversity and inclusion in the fields of physics and astronomy. Contributions include increasing the participation in science research of women and underrepresented minorities through teaching, mentoring, research advising, and public outreach. The program is also targeted toward individuals who can bring unique perspectives to their fields of research, critical insights that result from non-traditional paths to academia, and backgrounds that can contribute to increasing diversity at Harvard and MIT.

    For application instructions and more information, visit http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/opportunities/fellowships/harvard-mit/

  43. January 5, 2014 11:29 am

    STUDENT SUMMER INTERNSHIPS AT JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY APPLIED
    PHYSICS LABORATORY

    The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is
    offering summer projects for students interested in working on NASA
    missions or space-related research opportunities at APL. Students
    will receive a stipend for the 10-week program, and housing will be
    provided. Visit the website for more information and to apply:

    https://www.aplapp.com/

    Applications are due January 27, 2014.

  44. January 2, 2014 11:12 am

    2014 NASA Planetary Science Summer School Applications Open

    NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students for its 26th Annual Planetary Science Summer School, which will be held in three separate sessions in summer 2014 (June 16-20, July 14-18, and August 11-15) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

    During the program and pre-session webinars, student teams will carry out the equivalent of an early mission concept study, prepare a proposal authorization review presentation, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. By the end of the session, students will have a clearer understanding of the life cycle of a space mission; relationships between mission design, cost, and schedule; and the tradeoffs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the quality of science. The 2014 sessions will address planetary exploration missions needing power system trade-offs, including the use of solar electric vs. Multi-mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (MMRTG). The session in August will have a targeted focus on spacecraft power systems.

    Applications are due April 1, 2014. Partial financial support is available for a limited number of individuals. Further information is available at http://pscischool.jpl.nasa.gov.

  45. December 16, 2013 3:06 pm

    Air Force Research Laboratory Scholars Program – Internship Opportunities
    The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is currently accepting applications for internship opportunities available at Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Air Force Maui Optical Station (AMOS), Maui, Hawaii. AFRL Scholars Program internships are competitive awards that provide AFRL-related involvement for students to gain degree-relevant, real-world experience while contributing to the operation of an AFRL site and supporting the advancement of DoD missions. Internship opportunities are primarily in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Selected interns are paid a competitive stipend award amount based on their academic level.

    Application deadline: February 2, 2014
    Access to program website and additional details: http://afrlscholars.usra.edu/

  46. November 25, 2013 11:33 am

    Post-Doctoral Positions at the University of Arizona

    http://www.lpi.usra.edu/planetary_news/2013/11/24/post-doctoral-positions-at-the-university-of-arizona/

  47. November 17, 2013 3:25 pm

    GRADUATE AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN EXPLORATION

    Invitations are now being accepted for Undergraduate Student, Graduate
    Student (MSc and PhD) and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Exploration.
    These positions are funded through a 6-year NSERC CREATE project
    entitled “Technologies and Techniques for Earth and Space Exploration”,
    led by the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration at The
    University of Western Ontario, Canada. Collaborating institutions are
    the University of British Columbia, Memorial University of
    Newfoundland, Queen’s University, University of Toronto, and York
    University. Positions may be tenable at any of these 6 universities.

    This program provides interdisciplinary training and opportunities
    in 4 key areas of research:

    1) Earth and Planetary Materials Research
    2) Mechatronic Tools
    3) Imaging and Analysis Instrumentation
    4) Exploration Surface Systems

    Fellows will benefit from participation in cutting-edge short courses,
    research, and internships with industry and government.

    A full description of this program and details in the application
    process can be found at:

    http://create.uwo.ca

    Applications are due by January 17, 2012

  48. November 17, 2013 3:24 pm

    POSTDOC ADVERTISEMENT

    The Caltech Postdoctoral Scholars Program at the Jet Propulsion
    Laboratory (JPL) invites applications for a postdoctoral research
    position in JPL’s Planetary Science Section.

    The research will involve selection of landing sites for the 2016
    InSight Discovery and 2020 Mars Rover Missions. Dr. Matt Golombek will
    serve as JPL postdoctoral advisor to the selected candidate who will
    carry out research in collaboration with the advisor, resulting in
    publications.

    Further information is available at:

    http://postdocs.jpl.nasa.gov/researchapplicants/jobpostings/index.cfm?

    FuseAction=ShowJobPosting&JobPostingID=474

  49. November 15, 2013 12:09 pm

    STEVE FOSSETT POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP
    IN EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE
    WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN SAINT LOUIS

    The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in Saint Louis invites applications for the Steve Fossett Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Department seeks outstanding candidates who will strengthen and complement existing areas of study, including both terrestrial and planetary geology, geochemistry, geophysics, and geobiology. Candidates will be encouraged to collaborate directly with Faculty and students within the Department, and will be invited to lead a seminar in their area of expertise. Ideal candidates will have trans-disciplinary interests, and will interact scientifically with a broad spectrum of the Department’s members. This competitive postdoc is awarded for a one-year period, which may be extended to a second year. The annual salary is $58,000 with additional research funds of $5,000 per year. Applicants
    should contact a potential Faculty sponsor to discuss additional arrangements.
    More info at: http://eps.wustl.edu/sfpf2014

  50. November 10, 2013 1:10 pm

    Advice on NSF graduate research fellowship program applications: http://grfpessayinsights.missouri.edu/

    –> deadline has passed for this year, but might be useful for the future…!

  51. November 8, 2013 12:00 pm

    From: WIPHYS, November 7, 2013

    The American Physical Society (APS), with support from NSF, will host two Professional Skills Development Workshops in 2014 for female physicists. Postdoctoral associates and early to mid-career faculty and scientists are invited to apply. Senior graduate students (defined as a student graduating within the next six months), recent graduates, and physicists in-between careers are also welcome to apply.

    Applicants affiliated with a US institution/facility are eligible for travel and lodging funding consideration. Those needing funding assistance are encouraged to apply early. The deadlines for the workshops and a link to the online application can be found here:

    http://www.aps.org/programs/women/workshops/skills/index.cfm

  52. November 5, 2013 9:09 am

    2014 CIDER Summer Program: application now open!

    The 2014 CIDER summer program will be held at the KITP in Santa Barbara (CA) from June 22- Aug 1, 2014, on the theme: “Dynamics of Planetary Interiors”.
    Weeks 1-2 (June 22-July 5) of this six week program will provide the opportunity for groups of scientists to interact freely. Weeks 3-6 (July 6 to Aug 1) is a tutorial and workshop program for advanced graduate students and post-docs. Senior scientists are welcome at any point in the program, but priority will be given to those that stay for at least 2 weeks.

    More information, as well as the on-line application form can be found at:

    http://www.deep-earth.org/summer14.shtml

    Application deadline: January 31, 2014
    The CIDER program is sponsored by the NSF/FESD program.

  53. October 20, 2013 2:04 pm

    2014 PIERAZZO INTERNATIONAL STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD DEADLINE APPROACHING

    This award is established by the Planetary Science Institute in memory
    of Senior Scientist Betty Pierazzo to support and encourage graduate
    students to build international collaborations and relationships in
    planetary science. Two awards will be made each year, contingent upon
    there being meritorious applications. One will be awarded to a graduate
    student working on his or her Ph.D. at an institution within the U.S.
    This is to support travel to a planetary science related meeting
    (conferences and workshops) outside of the U.S. The second award will
    be to a graduate student working on his or her Ph.D. at an institution
    outside of the U.S. This is to support travel to a planetary science
    related meeting within the U.S. These include general meetings that
    have planetary-focused sessions such as the AGU, GSA, EGU and IAG.

    The award will consist of a certificate and up to $2000US.

    Additional information and application materials are available at:

    http://www.psi.edu/pista

    Because of the recent U.S. government shutdown, the deadline has been
    extended to November 15. Awards will be announced on or about December
    15.

  54. October 13, 2013 10:23 am

    ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY – SESE EXPLORATION POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS
    AVAILABLE

    The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State
    University invites applications for the Exploration Postdoctoral
    Fellowship Program. This program provides opportunities for
    postdoctoral research emphasizing inter-disciplinary collaboration.
    Research areas within SESE encompass astronomy, cosmology,
    astrobiology, earth sciences, climate science, planetary sciences,
    exploration systems engineering, instrumentation for exploration, and
    science education.

    Applications must include a research proposal that has been discussed
    with prospective faculty mentors at ASU. Potential research topics
    span the full range of research interests of our faculty

    http://sese.asu.edu/opportunities

  55. October 12, 2013 7:57 am

    As of September 16, 2013 applications are accepted for the 2014 Ford Foundation Fellowships Programs for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching. Full eligibility information and online applications are available on our website at: http://nationalacademies.org/ford

    Application Deadline Dates:

    * Predoctoral: November 20, 2013
    * Dissertation: November 15, 2013
    * Postdoctoral: November 15, 2013

  56. September 30, 2013 1:40 pm

    We are excited to announce a new FameLab: Exploring Earth and Beyond competition at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting this December 8th in San Francisco!

    All information is on our website, at http://famelab-eeb.arc.nasa.gov/competitions/2013-agu-december/

    If you want to compete, please register via the website! Once you register, I will follow up with more details as they emerge. You do NOT have to register for the AGU conference in order to compete in FameLab.

  57. September 23, 2013 9:29 am

    NASA is seeking applications from U.S. graduate students for the agency’s Space Technology Research Fellowships. The research grants, worth as much as $68,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2014 fall term.

    Applications will be accepted from students pursuing or planning to pursue master’s or doctorate degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. The grants will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s strategic space technology objectives through their studies. To date, NASA has awarded grants to 193 student researchers from 68 universities located in 33 states and one U.S. territory.
    The deadline for submitting applications is Nov. 13. For more information and instructions on how to submit applications, visit:

    http://tinyurl.com/NSTRF14

  58. September 15, 2013 8:18 pm

    DPS 2013: STUDENT/POST-DOC RECEPTION

    Sun. 6 Oct. 2013, 4:30-6:00pm. DPS meetings are great places for
    students to network among other scientists, to learn about how other
    scientists encounter scientific problems, and get new ideas. However,
    there are so many great presentations, talks, events, and information
    in a short time that the students rarely find time to network among
    other students and get advice close to their own level. This event will
    help students meet other students, in particular those who work on
    similar topics, to discuss their scientific views and general issues,
    and encourages the students to participate in brain storming
    conversations and joint projects. Since the post-docs were graduate
    students not so long ago, their advise and experience is valuable to
    graduate students, and for that reason this event will include post-
    docs as well. With these grounds, the goal of the student and post-doc
    reception is to prepare an icebreaker environment for students and
    post-docs to get familiar with each other on the first day of the
    meeting and use the rest of the meeting to enhance those connections
    and get involved with other activities.

    Contact:
    Al Khayat
    khayat_at_ifa.hawaii.edu

  59. September 9, 2013 4:12 pm

    Job Opportunity: ISSI Post-Doctoral Positions

    The International Space Science Institute invites applications for two Post-Doctoral Positions for a two-year period starting in January 2014 or by agreement. One of the two positions is in Space Sciences, the other is in Earth Sciences. The successful candidates should have received a Ph.D. within the last five years in a field relating to either Space or Earth Sciences in general. All applications must be received by ISSI no later than October 31st, 2013. http://www.issibern.ch/spotlight/PostDoc13.pdf

  60. August 23, 2013 10:49 pm

    Applications for the GSA Planetary Science Division’s Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award are due September 11, 2013.

    The Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award is for undergraduate or graduate students, of any nationality, working in any country, in the disciplines of geology, geophysics, geochemistry, astronomy, or biology. The award, which will include $2500, is to be applied for the study of impact craters, either on Earth or on the other solid bodies in the solar system. Areas of study may include but shall not necessarily be limited to impact cratering processes; the bodies (asteroidal or cometary) that make the impacts; or the geological, chemical, or biological results of impact cratering. Details about the award as well as an application form for interested students can be found at

    http://www.lpi.usra.edu/science/kring/Awards/Shoemaker_Award/

  61. July 22, 2013 6:55 pm

    POST DOC AVAILABLE RESEARCHING PLUTO’S EXTENDED ATMOSPHERE

    The University of Texas Center for Aeromechanics Research has a postdoctoral research position available to develop a three dimensional DSMC simulation of Pluto’s extended atmosphere in anticipation of the New Horizons arrival. A researcher in the field of planetary atmospheres with a background in programming and outer solar system physics is desired. Knowledge of the direct simulation Monte Carlo method
    or related stochastic modeling would be very helpful. Candidates should have a PhD in a relevant discipline and a strong interest in upper atmospheric physics. Position is available immediately.
    Initial appointment is for one year but is renewable for an additional year

    To apply, please contact Prof. David Goldstein at david (at) ices.utexas.edu.

  62. July 12, 2013 4:36 pm

    NASA is accepting applications for the Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Award. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are members of an underrepresented group (including women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities) majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) discipline.

    The Award provides:
    – $10,000 tuition offset
    – $27,000 stipend for PhD students, $22,000 stipend for Masters students
    – $8,000 for research experience at a NASA Center or the Jet Propulsion Lab
    Funding is provided for up to three years.

    For more information, see http://www.uncfsp.org/NASA/Jenkins

    Applications should be submitted through the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative at http://intern.nasa.gov/. Applicants should be sure to select “fellowship” for the type of application.

    Note that:
    – Phase I Application Deadline (Abstract Only): July 26, 2013
    – Phase II Application Deadline (Full Proposal): August 23, 2013
    – Fellowship Start Date: September 30, 2013

  63. July 4, 2013 2:56 pm

    B) ESA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN SPACE SCIENCE

    The European Space Agency awards several postdoctoral fellowships each
    year. The aim of these fellowships is to provide young scientists, holding
    a PhD or the equivalent degree, with the means of performing space science
    research in fields related to the ESA Science and Robotic Exploration
    Programmes. Areas of research include planetary science, astronomy and
    astrophysics, solar and solar-terrestrial science, plasma physics and
    fundamental physics. The fellowships have a duration of two years and are
    tenable at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in
    Noordwijk, Netherlands, or at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC)
    in Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain.

    Applications are now solicited for fellowships in space science to begin
    in the fall of 2014. Preference will be given to applications submitted by
    candidates within five years of receiving their PhD. Candidates not
    holding a PhD yet are encouraged to apply, but they must provide evidence
    of receiving their degree before starting the fellowship.

    ESA fellows are enrolled in ESA’s Social Security Scheme, which covers
    medical expenses, invalidity and death benefits. A monthly deduction
    covers these short-term and long-term risks.

    The deadline for applications is 1 October 2013.

    More information on the ESA Research Fellowship programme in Space
    Science, on the conditions and eligibility, as well as the application
    form can be found on the world-wide web at this address:

    http://www.rssd.esa.int/fellowship

  64. June 21, 2013 2:30 pm

    The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is currently accepting applications for its Fall 2013 Student Volunteer Program. Deadline: 28 June 2013.

    http://aas.org/posts/opportunity/2013/06/applications-welcome-ostp-student-volunteer-program

  65. June 20, 2013 8:35 am

    CPSX – 2013 PS Short Course
    September 2nd-8th, 2013
    This is an intensive 7-day short course for graduate students, researchers, industry and government employees on planetary science. The focus of the course will be on the fundamental processes that have shaped the terrestrial planets and their moons, and asteroids. Particular emphasis will be placed on investigations of the Moon, Mars, and asteroids, which represent the highest priority targets for the Canadian planetary science community and the Canadian Space Agency.

    http://cpsx.uwo.ca/study/courses/2013-short-course

  66. June 20, 2013 8:34 am

    Sudbury Field Camp – Field Training at the Sudbury Impact Structure
    Sunday,September 29, 2013–Friday, October 4, 2013

    http://www.lpi.usra.edu/nlsi/sudbury/

    Applications due Friday, July 5, 2013

  67. June 7, 2013 1:37 pm

    Hello all,

    Anyone students (undergrad, grad) or post docs interested in Lunar Science is encouraged to participate in this upcoming conference. Please let me know if you have any questions.

    –Heidi Fuqua
    ——————

    LUNGRADCON 2013 VIRTUAL WORKSHOP – REGISTRATION DEADLINE APPROACHING

    The abstract submission and registration deadline is approaching for LunGradCon! Participants must register by June 15th, 2013. The 4th Annual Lunar Graduate Conference (LunGradCon 2013) is to be held on Wednesday, July 10th, prior to the NASA Lunar Science Forum. This year LunGradCon will be an entirely virtual one day workshop. Participants can choose to join in using Adobe Connect, Google+ HangOuts, or a call-in polycom system. LunGradCon is organized to provide an opportunity for graduate students and early-career postdocs to present their research in a low-stress, friendly environment, being critiqued only by their peers. In keeping with the future direction of the NLSI, we encourage participation from all students and postdocs investigating the Moon, Near Earth Asteroids, Phobos and Deimos, and the near space environments of these target bodies.

    For more details, please visit:

    http://lasp.colorado.edu/ccldas/lgc2013

    or email any questions to: lungradcon@gmail.com

    The abstract submission and registration deadline is Saturday, June 15th, 2013.

  68. May 20, 2013 11:20 am

    UPDATE – LUNGRADCON 2013 – VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

    Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Lunar Graduate Conference (LunGradCon 2013) to be held on Wednesday, July 10th, prior to the NASA Lunar Science Forum. This year LunGradCon will be entirely virtual and held from 9:00AM-2:00PM PDT (tentative). Participants can choose to join in using Adobe Connect, Google+ HangOuts, or a call-in polycom system. LunGradCon is organized to provide an opportunity for graduate students and early-career postdocs to present their research in a low-stress, friendly environment, being critiqued only by their peers. In keeping with the future direction of the NLSI, we encourage participation from all students and postdocs investigating the Moon, Near Earth Asteroids, Phobos and Deimos, and the near space environments of these target bodies.

    For more details, please visit:

    http://lasp.colorado.edu/ccldas/lgc2013

    or email any questions to: lungradcon@gmail.com

    The abstract submission and registration deadline is Saturday, June 15th, 2013.

  69. May 15, 2013 11:35 am

    Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships Autumn 2013

    The goal of the Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internship is to provide promising undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to work in the area of civil space research policy in the nation’s capital, under the aegis of the National Research Council’s Space Science Board. The autumn program is open to undergraduate and graduate students. The deadline for applications is 7 June. Candidate(s) selected will be contacted no later than 5 July.

    Additional information about the program, including the application procedure, can be found at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/SSB/ssb_052239

  70. May 13, 2013 5:33 pm

    astrobiology related postdocs:
    —-
    A Post-Doctoral Research Associate position in the areas of Prebiotic Chemistry/Origin of Life/Astrobiology is available immediately in the research group of Prof. Nita Sahai. Our research interests are to examine the potential role of minerals in the evolutionary selection of model lipid protocells, in eneregy transduction as prebiotic enzymes and in promoting RNA nucleotide formation and replication. The ideal candidate should have expertise in working with lipid/amphiphile vesicles, including but not limited to, fluorescence microscopy, quantitative fluorometry, nanoparticle characterization, working in a glove bag controlled atmosphere, HPLC and the usual other wet chemistry techniques. The initial appointment is for one year with possibility for extension up to two more years, based on performance and funding. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, statement of research interests, recent relevant publications and three recommendation letters to: Prof. Nita Sahai, Department of Polymer Science and Integrated Bioscience Program, University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-3909; email: sahai at uakron.edu
    —-
    Simons Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity – Request for Applications
    Application Deadline: May 31, 2013

    The Simons Foundation, a private nonprofit foundation based in New York City, sponsors a range of programs that aim to promote a deeper understanding of our world. The foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences. The collaboration is now inviting applications for postdoctoral fellowships to support independent research on topics related to the origins of life at one or more laboratories or research institutions in any country.

    For information on how to apply visit: https://simonsfoundation.org/funding/funding-opportunities/life-sciences/simons-collaboration-on-the-origins-of-life/simons-collaboration-on-the-origins-of-life-postdoctoral-fellowship-request-for-applications/

  71. May 9, 2013 2:30 pm

    The University of Hawaii node of the NAI is pleased to announce that it is hosting another astrobiology winter school on the topic of “Water and the Evolution of Life in the Universe” to be held in January 2014 on the island of Hawaii.

    This educational experience is aimed at early career scientists. It features world class speakers, unique field-trips and an opportunity to meet and interact with a cohort of like-minded young scientists:

    Applications are via the web, and the deadline is May 31st

    http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/UHNAI/2014winterschool

  72. May 8, 2013 11:22 am

    New travel award for grad students in honor of Dr. Betty Pierazzo!
    THE PIERAZZO INTERNATIONAL STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD

    http://www.psi.edu/pista

  73. lovenstars permalink
    April 25, 2013 7:59 am

    The University of Michigan Engineering is hosting the NextProf Workshop this year on September 25-27. This workshop is designed to encourage women in engineering and science to consider academia as an exciting and rewarding career. Participants will develop strategies to strengthen their ability to pursue an academic career in the engineering field.

    Please distribute the news to your Ph.D. students, post-docs and recent graduates, and nominate them for this workshop (Deadline is June 3, 2013). For more details, here is a link to the workshop website: http://www.nextprof2013.engin.umich.edu

  74. April 4, 2013 11:35 am

    The Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the first of two 2013 Travel Grant application opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in fields of space science and engineering.

    The Travel Grants, in the amount of $500, enable student recipients to attend professional meetings to present their research. The first 2013 Travel Grant application deadline is April 15, 2013. Jerry Soffen, a biologist by training, led a distinguished career in NASA, including serving as the Project Scientist for Viking and as an architect for the NASA Astrobiology Institute. The Travel Grant continues Jerry’s dedication to educating and involving future generations in space science and engineering pursuits. The electronic application materials and instructions are located on the Soffen Fund website:

    http://SoffenFund.org

  75. March 15, 2013 5:06 pm

    AGU Seminar:
    Managing the Two-Body Challenge: Two Partners, Two Careers, One Happy Life

    You and your partner can both have fulfilling and exciting careers, and it can be done in the same location. In this webinar, we discuss the elements of the classic “two-body challenge” and how to look for, create, and negotiate for opportunities that meet both of your career goals.

    Date: Tuesday, 19 March
    Time: 3:00 to 4:00 P.M. U.S. Eastern Time
    Reserve your webinar seat now! https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/590774049

  76. March 7, 2013 8:20 pm

    Postdoc – Boston University – Venus and Mars ionospheres

    The Center for Space Physics at Boston University invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher position supervised by Professor Paul Withers. The research will involve the analysis of observations from the ionospheres of Venus and Mars, supplemented by numerical simulations.

    Candidates should possess a PhD degree in a relevant field. Experience conducting research on planetary ionospheres is desirable. The salary offered will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Funding is available for two years with the possibility of extension. The appointment is expected to begin as soon as possible after 1 June 2013.
    Please contact Paul Withers (withers@bu.edu) for further information.

    Applications should be sent by email to Paul Withers (withers@bu.edu).
    The application should be submitted in PDF format and contain a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and contact information for three referees. Review of applications will begin on 30 April 2013. Women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Boston University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

  77. March 7, 2013 3:01 pm

    NASA Planetary Science Summer School Applications

    NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students for its 25th Annual Planetary Science Summer School, which will hold two separate sessions this summer (July 29-August 2 and August 12-16) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. During the program and pre-session webinars, student teams will carry out the equivalent of an early mission concept study, prepare a proposal authorization review presentation, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. By the end of the session, students will have a clearer understanding of the life cycle of a space mission; relationships between mission design, cost, and schedule; and the tradeoffs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the quality of science. Applications are due April 5, 2013. Partial financial support is available for a limited number of individuals. Further information is available at http://pscischool.jpl.nasa.gov.

  78. March 4, 2013 11:50 am

    Dear Graduate Students,

    You are invited to come and present your research at the Lunar Graduate Student Conference 2013:

    Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Lunar Graduate Conference (LunGradCon 2013) to be held prior to the NASA Lunar Science Forum on July 13 and 14 at NASA Ames Research Center. LunGradCon provides an opportunity for grad students and early-career postdocs to present their research in a low-stress, friendly environment, being critiqued only by their peers. In addition to oral presentations, the conference presents opportunities for professional development and networking with fellow grad students and postdocs, as well as senior members of the NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI). In keeping with the future direction of the NLSI, we encourage participation from all students and postdocs investigating the Moon, Near Earth Asteroids, Phobos and Deimos, and the near space environments of these target bodies. A limited amount of funding will be provided for travel and lodging costs.

    For more details, please visit:

    http://lasp.colorado.edu/ccldas/lgc2013

    or email any questions to: lungradcon@gmail.com

    Abstract submission is open until Saturday, June 15th, 2013.

  79. February 26, 2013 2:29 pm

    The Communicating Science 2013 workshop will be held in Cambridge, MA, June 13-15 2013. This interdisciplinary workshop will give participants the chance to hear from expert communicators including journalists, press officers, educators, and authors about how they express complex ideas to their peers, experts in other fields, and the general public. More than 20 such expert panelists will be in attendance, including Emily Lakdawalla, Alyssa Goodman, Marcia Bartusiak, Kelle Cruz, David Aguilar, Christine Jones, and Rick Fienberg. Workshop participants will also produce an original written piece and interact directly with these professional science communicators to receive feedback. Additionally, there will be a technical session on the last day of the workshop for graduate student communicators from around the country to interact with each other and spawn new communication projects. To learn more about the panel discussions and activities planned for the workshop, visit the workshop website.

    http://workshop.astrobites.com/

    Applications due March 1st!

  80. February 26, 2013 11:50 am

    NASA U Hawaii Planetary Volcanology Field Workshop: http://www.higp.hawaii.edu/~harold/volcano_wkshop/

  81. February 17, 2013 4:23 pm

    IRISH RESEARCH COUNCIL POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP

    The Irish Research Council has advertised Postdoctoral funding
    opportunities. For information, see:

    http://www.irchss.ie/funding/postdoctoral-funding

    Please contact Dr. Mary C. Bourke regarding potential projects on
    Planetary and Earth geomorphology.

    Mary C. Bourke (BOURKEM4 at tcd.ie)
    Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

  82. February 6, 2013 7:31 pm

    DEADLINE APPROACHING: **March 1, 2013**
    APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE
    LUNAR EXPLORATION SUMMER INTERN PROGRAM
    http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lunar_intern/

  83. January 28, 2013 1:08 pm

    Greetings from FameLab: Exploring Earth and Beyond!

    We are announcing a new preliminary competition at the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston in March, 2013! As of this moment, the exact dates of the FameLab events during the conference are still unconfirmed, but our plan is to hold the morning competition rounds and afternoon workshop on Sunday, March 17th, and the evening competition round on Wednesday, March 20th…I will send an update when we have confirmation. More info below…sign up here: http://famelab-eeb.arc.nasa.gov/

  84. January 25, 2013 6:04 pm

    BLAUSTEIN Postdoctoral Scholar in Earth and Planetary Sciences

    The Johns Hopkins University invites applications for the Morton K. Blaustein Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS). We seek an outstanding individual with a recent Ph.D. in any area of Earth and Planetary sciences. The successful candidate will be free to pursue his/her independent research interests. Projects that complement our existing research programs and that involve two or more of the faculty from EPS and other Hopkins departments will be given preference.

    Information on our department and its research activities can be found at http://www.eps.jhu.edu. Applicants should contact faculty with whom they are interested in working. The duration of the fellowship is one year with an anticipated extension for a second year. The position carries a competitive salary and fringe benefits, includes an annual stipend for travel and research expenses, and provides eligibility to participate in the Johns Hopkins University health plans.

    Consideration of applications will begin February 15, 2013. Applications can only be submitted electronically through Interfolio https://secure.interfolio.com/apply/21050.

    To apply, please submit your curriculum vitae (with your email address), names and emails of three or more references, and a brief research plan.

    Johns Hopkins University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

    • January 25, 2013 6:08 pm

      This fellowship allows one to work with researchers from more than one Johns Hopkins department/division. There are a few planetary scientists with appointments in the EPS department who also work full time at APL, so it could be a good option for someone who wants to work with folks who have both terrestrial and planetary expertise and wants to make APL contacts…..

  85. January 24, 2013 3:39 pm

    NASA Planetary Science Summer School Applications

    NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students for its 25th Annual Planetary Science Summer School, which will hold two separate sessions this summer (July 29-August 2 and August 12-16) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. During the program and pre-session webinars, student teams will carry out the equivalent of an early mission concept study, prepare a proposal authorization review presentation, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. By the end of the session, students will have a clearer understanding of the life cycle of a space mission; relationships between mission design, cost, and schedule; and the tradeoffs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the quality of science. Applications are due April 5, 2013. Partial financial support is available for a limited number of individuals. Further information is available at http://pscischool.jpl.nasa.gov.

  86. January 24, 2013 3:27 pm

    SCIENCE WRITING SUMMER INTERNSHIP EARTH MAGAZINE

    http://www.earthmagazine.org/article/earth-internship-opportunity

    Applications due March 8th, 2013

  87. January 18, 2013 2:35 pm

    ASP’s 125th Annual Meeting, July 20-24 in San Jose, CA, featuring the triennial Cosmos in the Classroom conference (I went last time and it was great!) and the annual Education & Public Outreach conference (Susan had a poster in this part of the meeting a few years ago), running concurrently this year and available to all participants registering for either conference. More details and links are below, including info about a new, “super-early-bird” registration rate available for a limited time…

    http://astrosociety.org/education/asp-annual-meeting/

  88. January 18, 2013 2:34 pm

    Astrobiology summer courses, workshops and meetings!
    “Summer course “Molecules in space” – Onsala Space Observatory, Sweden, 25 June – 2 July 2013

    http://www.nordicastrobiology.net/Isotopes2013/

    Isotopes as diagnostic tools in astronomy, geology and biology – Åkersberg Stiftsgård, Höör, Sweden, 11 – 14 June 2013

    http://www.nordicastrobiology.net/Isotopes2013/

    First International Workshop on Education in Astrobiology – Höör, Sweden, 6 – 9 June 2013

    http://www.nordicastrobiology.net/IWEA/

    “Summer course “Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Life”- Kuressaare, Estonia, 16 – 25 August 2013

    http://www.nordicastrobiology.net/Impacts2013/

  89. January 12, 2013 10:52 am

    Astrobiology Program Early Career Collaboration Award
    The NASA Astrobiology Program Early Career Collaboration Award offers research-related travel support for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Applicants are encouraged to use these resources to circulate among two or more research teams, however any travel that is critical for the applicant’s research will be considered. Travelers must be formally affiliated with a U.S. institution. Requests are limited to $5,000. The next deadline is April 1, 2013

    For more information, see http://astrobiology2.arc.nasa.gov/nai/funding/astrobiology-program-travel-awards/

  90. December 18, 2012 3:26 pm

    Applications are invited for two postdoctoral positions at the National Air and Space Museum’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies.

    Research areas for the first position include analysis of (1) radar data for Venus and integration with geologic mapping, (2) lunar radar images for studies of impact melt and other deposits, (3) SHARAD sounding data for Mars with an emphasis on polar deposits. Skills in quantitative remote sensing analysis, planetary mapping and tectonics, GIS integration of remote sensing data, and electromagnetic modeling are potentially relevant.

    Research areas for the second position include (1) landscape evolution modeling of cratered highlands on Mars, (2) estimation of the volume of material eroded, (3) analysis of stratigraphy exposed on crater floors, and (4) field study of terrestrial analogs to Martian fluvial landforms. A background in quantitative terrestrial or planetary geomorphology and experience with GIS analysis of imaging and topography are desired.

    Please apply by January 15, 2013 through the Smithsonian SOLAA site, SOLAA.si.edu, and select the Earth and Planetary Sciences Fellowship program under the National Air and Space Museum.

  91. December 2, 2012 11:07 am

    POSTDOCTORAL OPPORTUNITY IN PLANETARY SCIENCE AT UNIVERSITY OF
    MINNESOTA DULUTH

    The Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Minnesota
    Duluth seeks a full time Postdoctoral Associate to conduct original
    geological mapping and research of Venus with the goal to understand
    regional- to global-scale geohistories, and implications for geodynamic
    processes and Venus evolution. Requirements include: a recent Ph.D.
    (or foreign equivalent) in geology, geophysics, or related field, and
    experience in geologic mapping and GIS. Candidates with a strong
    field-based geologic mapping experience and/or geologic mapping using
    remote sensing data. The appointment is for up to 3 years, and includes
    healthcare, and salary commensurate with experience. Preferred start
    date: Jan. 2, 2013. For more details, or questions, please contact
    Vicki Hansen (218-726-8628; or vhansen@d.umn.edu).

    The University of Minnesota requires that you apply online for this
    position (requisition number: 181894).

    https://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=219524

    Applications should include: a cover letter with current contact
    information; CV; summary of research experience, skills, and interests;
    unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references.

  92. lovenstars permalink
    November 26, 2012 3:30 pm

    2 opportunities!

    1- Opportunity for Early Career Scientists to Participate in the Astrobiology Grand Tour to Western Australia
    Application Deadline: December 1, 2012

    The NAI is accepting applications from early career astrobiologists (graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or others within 5 years of their Ph.D) to participate in an 11-day tour of astrobiology-relevant field sites in Western Australia in June 2013. Included will be the extant stromatolites of Shark Bay, the banded iron formations and iron ore mines of the Hamersley Basin, the putatively cyanobacterial stromatolites of the 2.7 Ga Fortescue Group, and the 3.35-3.49 Ga fossiliferous and other units of the Pilbara Craton with what is arguably the oldest convincing evidence of life on Earth.

    The tour, from June 18 to June 28, 2013, will be led by Professor Malcolm Walter of the University of New South Wales, the founding director of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology (ACA). The trip is designed for scientists interested in the earliest life on Earth and early Earth environments. Additional information is available athttp://aca.unsw.edu.au/node/78

    The NAI will provide partial support for up to five individuals, including 1/2 of the tour cost, plus airfare from the US to Perth and from Port Hedland to the US, as well as up to 2 additional days lodging and per diem. Participants will be responsible for reserving a place on the tour, including a $400 deposit and the remaining 1/2 of the tour cost.

    Applicants should provide:
    * a short description of how participation in this trip will contribute to your research or training in astrobiology
    * a letter of support from your advisor/principal investigator Applications are due by December 1, 2012 to Dr. Edward Goolish, Deputy Director of the NAI, edward.goolish@nasa.gov.

    2- MSc, PhD, Post Doctoral Fellow Positions Available in 2013 with the Canadian Astrobiology Training Program
    Application Deadline: January 18, 2013

    Astrobiology is broadly defined as the scientific study of the origin, evolution, distribution, conditions and destiny of life in the universe. This new, transdisciplinary science is based on two scientific revolutions – the recent realization that microbial life is extremely hardy and can thrive in very harsh environments previously thought uninhabitable on Earth and the explosion of space technologies that are driving the robotic exploration of Mars and other planets in the search for life in our solar system. The Canadian Astrobiology Training Program (CATP) is the first Canadian cross-disciplinary, multi-institutional undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral training program in Astrobiology and is a NSERC–funded Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program (CREATE) (2009-2015) located at McGill University, McMaster University, University of Western Ontario, University of Toronto, and the University of Winnipeg. CATP by its very nature will be accomplished through collaborative and integrative research approaches containing elements of geology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, microbiology, and robotics. CATP trainees (~70 graduate & undergraduate students, PDFs over the next 5 years) will be exposed to innovative research and training approaches, combining fieldwork at unique Canadian analogue sites, including those in the high Arctic, with laboratory work at cutting edge analytical facilities at participating university, government, and industry partners. Shared expertise within and among institutions will be provided by means of course and seminar videoconferencing, and interdisciplinary supervision. Professional training will be enhanced by training rotations with our collaborators at CSA, MDA Space Missions, and our international partners, including NASA Ames. CATP HQP trained in various aspects of astrobiology will be at the forefront of the search for life beyond the Earth. Indeed, CATP will address the recognized lack of HQP in space science and lead to new scientific opportunities and promote Canadian participation in future missions to Mars. The skills acquired through this program will be directly transferable to various other disciplines, such as Earth and environmental sciences, robotics, medicine, and astronomy.

    We are presently seeking applicants for Graduate Student Fellowship (MSc and PhD) and Post Doctoral Fellow (PDF) positions available in 2013.

    Successful applicants will have a strong interest in astrobiology and have an excellent background in microbiology/ molecular biology, geology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and/or robotics or other related disciplines. There are no restrictions on the nationality of the applicant. Applications will be received until January 18, 2013.

    For detailed information on the CATP and how to apply, please visit the CATP website http://create-astrobiology.mcgill.ca/ or please directly contact:

    Ms Yella Jovich-Zahirovich,NSERC CREATE CATP Project Coordinator
    McGill University, Telephone: 514-398-7824, Email: catp.create@mcgill.ca

  93. November 15, 2012 9:32 am

    Elsevier’s Postdoc Free Access Passport
    The Postdoc Free Access Passport program provides unlimited access to books and journals on ScienceDirect for up to six months to young scholars who do not have a research position. The program’s mission is to help postdocs stay abreast of new science and maintain their interest in advancing their field as the markets improve. The program provides an opportunity to invest in the future of science by keeping promising young scientists current who would otherwise be without access to content. Applications will be accepted until December 15, 2012.

  94. November 3, 2012 9:28 pm

    The Amelia Earhart Fellowship program awards 35 women of any nationality $10,000 for pursuits of a Ph.D degree in aerospace-related sciences. Fellows have gone on to become astronomers, astronauts, professors, business owners, heads of companies, etc. Applications are due by November 15, 2012. To read more on the requirements, please see

    http://www.zonta.org/WhatWeDo/InternationalPrograms/AmeliaEarhartFellowship.aspx

  95. October 30, 2012 12:33 pm

    The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is accepting applications for the new Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year. The scholarship will be awarded to a thesis-based, full time female student pursuing either a Master’s or a Doctoral degree in the geosciences, and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship is merit-based, and applicants will be evaluated on the probability of successfully completing their geoscience graduate program and transitioning into the geoscience workforce following graduation.
    http://www.agiweb.org/scholarships/wallace/

  96. October 28, 2012 4:57 pm

    The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University invites applications for the Exploration Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The mission of the program is to provide opportunities for conducting postdoctoral research on cutting-edge topics and to foster inter-disciplinary collaboration. Potential research topics span the full range of research interests of our faculty (http://sese.asu.edu/focus_areas). Research foci within SESE encompass theoretical and observational astrophysics, cosmology, earth sciences, climate science, planetary science, astrobiology, exploration systems engineering, development of instrumentation for exploration, and science education.

  97. October 20, 2012 12:56 pm

    W. M. Keck Institute for Space Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship

    http://kiss.caltech.edu/postdoc2012/index.html

    Applications Due Date: NOON – 28 November 2012

  98. October 20, 2012 12:54 pm

    The American Astronomical Society has an exciting new program designed especially for you! It’s called Astronomy Ambassadors, and we hope you will take part.

    We know that junior members are often very excited about doing astronomy outreach within their community and can serve as excellent role models for K-12 students and their families. The AAS is partnering with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the Center for Astronomy Education, and other organizations to provide tools and techniques for effective outreach, beginning with a weekend workshop preceding the AAS meeting in Long Beach, Jan. 5-6.

    The workshop is free of charge, and the AAS will provide travel stipends to defray the cost of your hotel accommodations for the weekend. Details are here: http://aas.org/education/ambassadors

    You won’t be on your own after the workshop. We will build an online forum for communication among the Astronomy Ambassadors, and with your trainers, to exchange ideas, resources, and experiences.

    Applications are due Oct. 24 and require an endorsement from your department chair or another appropriate manager: http://aas.org/meetings/aas221/ambassadors_application

    Please consider coming to our inaugural Astronomy Ambassadors workshop and helping to put a face on science for your community! Note that we especially encourage participation by members of groups that are currently underrepresented in science. And please pass this message to your friends in case they might be interested but are not (yet) AAS members.

  99. October 11, 2012 1:41 pm

    CALLING ALL EARLY CAREER SCIENTISTS! PASSIONATE ABOUT SCIENCE? LOVE TO COMMUNICATE?

    You are wholeheartedly invited to participate in FameLab: Exploring Earth and Beyond!

    FameLab is something like American Idol for scientists… Sponsored by NASA and National Geographic, it’s a fun-filled day of competition, coaching, and camaraderie that’s all about science communication! At regional heats held across the US over the next 18 months—starting with the AGU Fall meeting in December—early career scientists from diverse scientific disciplines craft a 3-minute, powerpoint-free talk on their research or a related topic and deliver it in a supportive environment to judges who give only constructive feedback. No slides, no charts—just the power of words and any prop you can hold in your hands. The heart of the whole thing is a workshop conducted by communication professionals to help participants enrich their skills. So unlike American Idol, everyone wins!

    Winners from the regional competitions advance to the Final at National Geographic in DC in April, 2014, and the winner there goes on to compete with peers from around the world at the FameLab International Final in the UK in June, 2014…it’s quite the global sensation.

    Even if you’re not planning to attend AGU, you’re welcome to participate. This will be the one competition we plan to schedule in the Bay Area, but we’ll also be announcing future competitions as they emerge in the coming months. Register or sign up for our mailing list to stay in the loop: http://famelab-eeb.arc.nasa.gov/.

  100. October 4, 2012 8:51 pm

    Hi! Does anyone know of any dissertation scholarships that can be applied for, for the summer or Fall 2013? I’m hoping to finish by Fall of 2013 at the latest but don’t have funding for Summer 2013 or Fall 2013. Thanks!

    • October 11, 2012 1:41 pm

      I hope you find something! The only ones I know of are specific to my school…

      • lovenstars permalink
        October 11, 2012 1:48 pm

        Thanks Kelsi, no luck yet. Hope you’re having a great semester so far!

  101. September 28, 2012 3:30 pm

    The Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the last 2012 Travel Grant application opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in fields of space science and engineering.

    The Travel Grants, in the amount of $500, enable student recipients to attend professional meetings to present their research. The Fall 2012 Travel Grant application deadline is October 15, 2012. http://SoffenFund.org

  102. September 2, 2012 10:53 pm

    GSA INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR TWO STUDENT AWARDS

    1. The Planetary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America
    invites applications for two student awards with upcoming deadlines.

    The 2012 Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award is offered to
    undergraduate or graduate students, of any nationality, working in
    any country, in the disciplines of geology, geophysics, geochemistry,
    astronomy, or biology. The award, which will include $2500, is to be
    applied for the study of impact craters, either on Earth or on the
    other solid bodies in the solar system. For more information and
    application procedures, please see the PGD website:

    http://www.geosociety.org/pgd/awards.html#_shoemaker

    The application deadline is 14 September 2012.

    2. Students who are current members of PGD, and who are presenting an
    abstract at the GSA Annual Meeting, are eligible to apply for a $500
    Student Travel Grant to help offset the cost of attending the GSA
    meeting. We award up to two of these grants each year on a competitive
    basis. For application details, please see the PGD website:

    http://www.geosociety.org/pgd/awards.html#_travel

  103. September 2, 2012 10:50 pm

    POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN EXOPLANET ATMOSPHERES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF
    ARIZONA

    The Department of Planetary Sciences/Lunar and Planetary Laboratory of
    the University of Arizona has an opening for a Post Doctoral Research
    Associate in the field of exoplanet atmospheres. The successful
    applicant will work with the exoplanet group at LPL in the development
    of models for the thermal structure of exoplanet atmospheres and in
    the comparison of models with available observations. Applicants
    should have a PhD or equivalent in Planetary Science, Astrophysics, or
    Physics and extensive experience with numerical computation using the
    Fortran programming language. Applicants should also be familiar with
    radiative transfer calculations. The appointment is for two years,
    dependent upon the availability of funding. A curriculum vitae and
    the names of 3 references should be sent to Dr. Roger Yelle
    (yelle@lpl.arizona.edu).

  104. August 20, 2012 12:41 pm

    The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute announces the 2013 Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and solicits applications for fellowships to begin in the fall of 2013. The application deadline is Thursday, November 1, 2012.

    http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/funding/

  105. Maggie D. permalink
    August 13, 2012 2:03 pm

    Hi! I’m Maggie and I am a senior at Colgate University. My major is astrogeophysics and I am looking at graduate schools to apply to for planetary science. Do any of you have any advice for me? Thanks and this is an awesome website!

    • August 18, 2012 4:55 pm

      Hi Maggie,
      Nice to meet you and if you have specific questions feel free to e-mail me at ksinger (at) levee.wustl.edu. Also, if you look up the page (or search for “Planetary Science Schools (Grad and Undergrad)” you will see a partial list of places you might apply for grad school. There are certainly more than that, but it can give you something to start from. The best advice is to get a lot of advice from a lot of different people. People have had different experiences and will give you different advice. :)
      ~Kelsi

  106. June 29, 2012 1:28 pm

    Calling All Designers, Directors, and Artists!

    Submit your creations to AGU’s Student Video and Student T-Shirt Design Competitions. Winners will be awarded free 2012 Fall Meeting registration!

    Describe your field of research in an entertaining video aimed at a non-scientific audience. Tell an interesting geophysical career path story, or even perform a song or skit!
    Show off your awesome graphic design talents by creating a one-of-a-kind t-shirt with an Earth and space theme. The winning design will appear on t-shirts sold at the Fall Meeting, and proceeds from all t-shirt sales will be donated to the Student Travel Grant Fund.

    http://membership.agu.org/students/

  107. June 29, 2012 1:26 pm

    The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers atparticipating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 – $75,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience. Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S.Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.

    Detailed program information, including online applications, instructions on how to apply and a list of participating laboratories, is available on the NRC Research Associateship Programs Website (see link above).

  108. May 25, 2012 12:36 pm

    Free webinar on “Everything you wanted to know about physics grad
    school”
    From: WIPHYS, May 23, 2012

    In this webinar on Tuesday, June 12 from 3:00pm-4:00pm ET,
    undergraduates will have an opportunity to have an open, candid
    discussion with a panel of Graduate Students about their
    experiences. Topics will include the grad school selection and
    application process, financial support through teaching and research
    grants, coursework and qualifying exams, and research and thesis
    writing. For more info and to register:

    https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/203033558

  109. May 7, 2012 12:35 pm

    Marie Curie Fellowship
    Have you ever wanted to do research in Europe? Apply for a Marie Curie Fellowship. The goal of the Marie Curie Fellowship is to strengthen the human potential in research and technology by stimulating people to enter into the profession of research and attracting researchers from the entire world to Europe. This Fellowship addresses researchers at all stages of their careers, in the public and private sectors, from initial research training, specifically intended for young people, to life long learning and career development. Proposals are welcomed from all areas of scientific and technological research and the fellowship covers your salary plus your research expenses. To apply, you must have either a doctoral degree or at least 4 years’ full-time equivalent research experience, after obtaining a degree permitting you to embark on a doctorate.

  110. May 7, 2012 12:33 pm

    The ETS and the Council of Graduate Students produced this document on best practices for “Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers” http://pathwaysreport.org/rsc/pdf/19089_PathwaysRept_Links.pdf

  111. May 1, 2012 6:37 pm

    NSF: Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring
    The National Science Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2013 PAESMEM Awards. This program seeks to identify outstanding individual mentoring efforts or organizational programs designed to enhance the participation and retention of individuals who might not otherwise have considered or had access to opportunities in STEM fields. The awardees serve as exemplars to their colleagues and are leaders in the national effort to develop more fully the nation’s human resources in STEM. Nominations are due June 6, 2012.

  112. April 26, 2012 10:39 am

    Space Telescope Science Institute is hiring this year. We’re especially interested in Solar System scientists with some instrumentation background. Please share with your colleagues. http://jobregister.aas.org/job_view?JobID=41941 Note that the deadline is May 15, 2012.

  113. April 10, 2012 3:20 pm

    Call for Applications for the JAXA International Top Young Fellowship 2012

    The ITYF is designed to attract outstanding, highly motivated, young researchers in any of the space science fields covered by ISAS/JAXA to work in Japan for 3 (extendable to 5) years. The excellent remuneration package includes research budget and travel support so that the Fellow can extend their international profile, as well as developing collaborations within Japan.
    Please visit these sites for details of the fellowship and the application process:

    http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/e/researchers/young-fellowship/index.shtml

    http://www.jaxa.jp/employ/index_e.html

    The deadline for applications is 30 April 2012.

  114. April 4, 2012 1:41 pm

    The Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the first of two 2012 Travel Grant application opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in fields of space science and engineering.

    The Travel Grants, in the amount of $500, enable student recipients to attend professional meetings to present their research. The first 2012 Travel Grant application deadline is April 15, 2012. Jerry Soffen, a biologist by training, led a distinguished career in NASA, including serving as the Project Scientist for Viking and as an architect for the NASA Astrobiology Institute. The Travel Grant continues Jerry’s dedication to educating and involving future generations in space science and engineering pursuits. The electronic application materials and instructions are located on the Soffen Fund website:

    http://SoffenFund.org

  115. March 27, 2012 2:47 pm

    NASA Planetary Science Summer School Applications-APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 3, 2012.

    NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students for its 24th Annual Planetary Science Summer School, which will hold two separate sessions this summer (18-22 June and 16-20 July) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. During the program and pre-session webinars, student teams will carry out the equivalent of an early mission concept study, prepare a proposal authorization review presentation, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. By the end of the session, students will have a clearer understanding of the life cycle of a space mission; relationships between mission design, cost, and schedule; and the tradeoffs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the quality of science. Applications are due April 3, 2012. Partial financial support is available for a limited number of individuals. Further information is available at http://pscischool.jpl.nasa.gov.

  116. March 15, 2012 10:39 am

    The AGU Mineral and Rock Physics focus group seeks nominations for its Mineral and Rock Physics Graduate Research Award (formerly Mineral and Rock Physics Outstanding Student Research Award). This award recognizes one or more promising young scientists for outstanding contributions achieved during their Ph.D. research. Nominees may be members of any AGU section. They should be engaged in experimental and/or theoretical studies of Earth and planetary materials with the purpose of unraveling the physics and chemistry that govern their origin and physical properties. The award consists of $500 for support of travel or other professional expenses, a certificate, and public recognition at the annual Mineral and Rock Physics reception at the AGU Fall Meeting. Contributions by AGU members in the Mineral and Rock Physics community finance the award.

    Information can also be accessed on the MRP Focus Group Web site.http://www.agu.org/focus_group/MRP/

  117. Heidi Fuqua permalink
    March 9, 2012 11:59 am

    LUNGRADCON 2012

    Registration is now open for the 3nd Annual Lunar Graduate Conference (LunGradCon 2012) to be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, 2012 at the NASA Ames Research Center (ARC), preceding the NASA Lunar Science Forum. LunGradCon provides an opportunity for grad students and early-career postdocs to present their research on lunar science in a low-stress, friendly environment, being critiqued only by their peers. In addition to oral presentations, the conference presents opportunities for professional development and networking with fellow grad students and postdocs, as well as senior members of the NASA Lunar Science Institute. A limited amount of funding will be provided for travel and lodging costs.

    For more details, please visit:

    http://lasp.colorado.edu/ccldas/lgc2012

    or email any questions to: lungradcon@gmail.com

    • Heidi permalink
      May 1, 2012 11:53 am

      Just a reminder that the deadline for abstracts is coming up. Register now for LGC2012! Hope to see you there.

      –Heidi

  118. March 5, 2012 2:53 pm

    2012 Astrobiology Graduate Student Conference
    The 2012 Astrobiology Graduate Student Conference (AbGradCon) will be held on August 27 – 30, 2012, preceded by the Research Focus Group splinter, August 24-26. The science program for the conference will be held at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), with an outreach event at the University of Southern California (USC), and a field-trip to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The conference will consist of three days of scientific sessions, two evenings of public outreach and education activities, and a one day field trip to JPL. Approximately 100 participants consisting of graduate students and early career postdocs are expected from both the US and abroad. The talks and poster sessions will draw on the success of past AbGradCons as a venue for early career astrobiologists to expand their horizons by forming collaborations and sharing their work and ideas with their contemporaries. By incorporating organized outreach events, we will highlight the importance of education and communication within our field and provide a venue for public involvement with the astrobiology community. The JPL tour is a unique aspect of this year’s meeting, and comes at an especially exciting time for the lab, just after the Curiosity rover’s (MSL) landing at Mars. At JPL participants will view active laboratories and mission development relevant to astrobiology.

    For more information, please visit our website: http://abgradcon.org or email 2012abgradcon2012@gmail.com.

  119. March 5, 2012 2:53 pm

    2012 Santander Summer School
    The 2012 International Astrobiology Summer School will be held at the summer campus of the Spanish National University (UIMP), Palacio de la Magdalena, Santander, Spain on June 18-22. This year’s theme is “Origins of the Building Blocks for Life.” Confirmed lecturers include: George Cody, Carnegie Institution of Washington; Jamie Elsila, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Karen Meech, University of Hawaii; and Alessandro Morbidelli, Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, Nice.

    Additional information about the school and applications for student scholarships are available at the school website.

    The school is co-sponsored by the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) and the Spanish Centro de Astrobiología (CAB), with additional support from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and the Astrobiology Society.

    For more information: http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/nai/UIMP/2012

  120. March 5, 2012 2:53 pm

    Barringer Grant Applications for 2012 Now Being Accepted
    Graduate Students and Postdocs,

    This year’s application deadline for grants from the Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research is April 6, 2012. This program provides 3 to 5 competitive grants each year in the range of $2500 to $5000 USD for support of field research at known or suspected impact sites worldwide. Grant funds may be used to assist with travel and subsistence costs, as well as laboratory and computer analysis of research samples and findings. Masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students enrolled in formal university programs are eligible. Over the past 10 years, 34 research projects have been supported. For additional details and an application, please go to http://www.lpi.usra.edu/science/kring/Awards/Barringer_Fund/index.html.

  121. February 29, 2012 12:30 pm

    The Department of Earth and Space Sciences at UCLA invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the field of planetary science. The postdoc will be expected to participate in the analysis of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment observations of the Moon, and produce a set of improved mapped data products. See http://diviner.ucla.edu for more information. Applicants with a background in planetary surfaces, remote sensing, computer science, large datasets, parallel computing, Fortran, and Unix are encouraged to apply.

  122. February 28, 2012 3:58 pm

    The Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR) invites undergraduate and graduate level students to experience cutting-edge research in nuclear power and propulsion technologies through our prestigious Summer Fellowship Program. As a CSNR Summer Fellow, you will work as part of a team of students and with scientists at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to complete a research project of current interest to NASA in potential nuclear technology performance. The Summer Fellows program allows participants to experience a real research environment, to learn from top-notch nuclear scientists, and to preview careers in research. http://www.csnr.usra.edu/

  123. February 21, 2012 7:45 pm

    Stanford Graduate School of Business Summer Institute for Entrepreneurship (SIE) ( http://gsb.stanford.edu/sie) I request your help reaching out to your graduate student population with backgrounds in engineering, medicine, science, and humanities to inform them of the opportunity to spend a month at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business learning management skills critical to entrepreneurship and building a successful venture.
    Application will close on March 15, 2012

  124. February 18, 2012 7:20 pm

    CHRISTINE MIRZAYAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM ANNOUNCES ITS 2012 FALL SESSION AND CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

    This Graduate Fellowship Program of the National Academies—consisting of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council—is an early career educational and training opportunity. It is designed to engage its Fellows in the analytical process that informs U.S. science and technology policy. Fellows develop basic skills essential to working or participating in science policy at the federal, state, or local levels.

    more info: http://www.national-academies.org/policyfellows

    Submission Deadline for Application Materials
    References Due: April 27, 2012
    Applications Due: May 1, 2012

    A stipend grant award of $8,240 will be provided for the 12-week session to offset expenses.

  125. February 9, 2012 11:40 am

    The Universities Space Research Association’s Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), in Houston Texas, invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in planetary geophysics.

    The successful candidate will work with Dr. Walter Kiefer on a NASA-funded project studying the nature of mantle convection on Mars and its effects on the thermal evolution and volcanic history of the planet. The candidate will also have the opportunity to conduct research in planetary geophysics of his or her own choosing.

    The position requires a Ph.D. in Planetary Science or Geophysics with experience in computer programming and numerical modeling methods, particularly finite elements. Experience with parallel computing in a Linux environment will be an asset. The position will be offered for an initial period of two years with a possible extension to a maximum of three years.

    Applicants should send a letter of interest, a curriculum vita with a list of relevant publications, a brief (maximum three pages) statement of research interests, and a list of three references to resume@lpi.usra.edu. Review of candidates will begin on March 15, 2012, with a hiring decision as soon as possible thereafter. Further information on current research and facilities at the LPI can be found on our website http://www.lpi.usra.edu.

  126. January 30, 2012 1:54 pm

    PELLAS-RYDER BEST STUDENT PAPER AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE

    Just a reminder that nominations for the Pellas-Ryder Best Student
    Paper Award are due next Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Please send your
    nomination to P-R Nominations Committee Chair David Williams
    (David.Williams@asu.edu).

    The award is limited to undergraduate and graduate students who are
    first authors of a paper published in peer-reviewed scientific
    journals between January 1 – December 31, 2011. For full details on
    eligibility, go to this website:

    http://rock.geosociety.org/pgd/awards.html#_pellas-ryder

  127. January 23, 2012 7:42 pm

    Just as a reminder, to get e-mails about opportunities you should also consider signing up for the sign up for the PEN and DPS newsletters if you have not already :).

  128. January 23, 2012 7:33 pm

    NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students for its 24th Annual Planetary Science Summer School, which will hold two separate sessions this summer (18-22 June and 16-20 July) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Partial financial support is available for a limited number of individuals. Further information is available at http://pscischool.jpl.nasa.gov/

  129. January 18, 2012 6:31 pm

    The Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR) invites undergraduate and graduate level students to experience cutting-edge research in nuclear power and propulsion technologies through our prestigious Summer Fellowship Program. As a CSNR Summer Fellow, you will work as part of a team of students and with scientists at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to complete a research project of current interest to NASA in potential nuclear technology performance. The Summer Fellows program allows participants to experience a real research environment, to learn from top-notch nuclear scientists, and to preview careers in research.

    Summer 2012 topics: 1. Mars Hopper prototype development 2. Nuclear Thermal Rocket 3. Interplanetary Railroad 4. Low mass power source

    Application Deadline is March 9, 2012. The application form can be downloaded from:

    http://www.csnr.usra.edu/

  130. January 18, 2012 1:56 pm

    Announcement for the Fiscal Year 2013 USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program.
    The application deadline is February 21, 2012. The earliest that Fiscal Year 2013 appointments can start is October 1, 2012.
    For examples of recent research under the Mendenhall Program, please visit: http://geology.usgs.gov/postdoc/profiles/index.html.

  131. January 17, 2012 8:16 pm

    Paid Internships in Geoscience and Policy in Washington DC – Apply Now

    > The American Geosciences Institute’s Government Affairs Program offers summer and semester internship opportunities for geoscience students (undergraduates and/or Masters students) with an interest in public policy and in how Washington impacts the geoscience community. Interns gain a first-hand understanding of the legislative process and the operation of executive branch agencies while enhancing their writing, research, and web publishing skills. The deadline for online submission of application is March 15, 2012 for the summer interns, April 15, 2012 for the fall intern and October 15, 2012 for the spring 2013 intern.

    > Stipends for the interns are generously supported by AGI, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the American Institute of Professional Geologists Foundation.

    > The American Geophysical Union, the Soil Science Society of America, the American Institute of Physics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society offer similar internships that may be of interest to geoscience students. Please visit their web sites for more information.

  132. January 13, 2012 5:24 pm

    Graduate Students and Postdocs,
    This year’s application deadline for grants from the Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research is April 6, 2012. This program provides 3 to 5 competitive grants each year in the range of $2500 to $5000 USD for support of field research at known or suspected impact sites worldwide. Grant funds may be used to assist with travel and subsistence costs, as well as laboratory and computer analysis of research samples and findings. Masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students enrolled in formal university programs are eligible. Over the past 10 years, 34 research projects have been supported. For additional details and an application, please go to

    http://www.lpi.usra.edu/science/kring/Awards/Barringer_Fund/index.html.

  133. January 4, 2012 3:54 pm

    This year’s CIDER summer program main theme is:
    “Deep Time: How did early Earth become our modern world?”

    > Advanced graduate students and post-docs: Come to the CIDER 2012 summer lecture and tutorial program: July 15th- August 10th to improve your understanding of geoscience disciplines other than your specialty and engage in multi-disciplinary research. Lectures
    > Researchers at more senior levels: Come to any part of the summer program, interact with colleagues from other disciplines; bring your collaborators to work on burgeoning plans to develop collaborative projects in a stimulating environment away from your office and everyday woes.
    Apply NOW: http://www.deep-earth.org/summer12.shtml
    ****Application deadline: February 1, 2012*****

  134. January 3, 2012 6:22 pm

    CRESST Summer Internship Program

    The Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology (CRESST) partnership at the NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, is planning to select between six and fifteen students, on a competitive basis, to participate in summer internships on-site at GSFC for the summer of 2012. These are nominally 10-week paid internships ($5,000 for undergrads and $6,000 for graduate-level students), primarily but not exclusively for undergraduate level college students. It is expected all students would be attending U.S. universities.
    For more information, see http://cresst.umd.edu/Opportunities/internship2012.html
    Deadline for applications for the summer 2012 period is February 1, 2012

  135. umang permalink
    December 30, 2011 7:04 am

    I want to follow my dream.at least i can give a try…help me out…thanks

  136. umang permalink
    December 30, 2011 7:02 am

    HI I am Umang

    I am a electrical engg. right now working in a MNC.I was always interested in planetary science.But because of limited knowledge I was not able to do wat i wanted.can u suggest me some universities in india and abroad that offer such courses.

    Luking forward for ur reply

    • January 3, 2012 6:24 pm

      Hi Umang, I do not personally know of programs abroad, but hopefully someone who does will reply to you. I am sure you have already tried this, but of course an internet search might help you find some schools in the locations you are looking for. Or if there is anyone at your current institution who is even slightly related to space sciences, you might ask them for suggestions. It doesn’t hurt to ask advice from many different people. Good luck!

  137. lovenstars permalink
    December 28, 2011 5:51 pm

    Postdoctoral Position in Planetary Science

    The planetary sciences group in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at
    the University of British Columbia, Vancouver invites applications for a
    postdoctoral position in planetary geophysics. Candidates should have a Ph.D in
    geophysics or planetary physics. Areas of particular interest are characterization
    and modeling of planetary magnetic fields, interior structure of the terrestrial
    planets, geophysical studies of Mercury using MESSENGER data, and impact
    processes.

    The initial appointment is for one year, but the appointment is renewable for an
    additional year. The position will be available beginning in May 2012 or as
    mutually acceptable. Review of applications will begin in January 2012 and the
    position will remain open until filled.

    Applicants should send (1) a current CV with a list of publications, (2) a list of
    names, addresses and e-mail addresses of at least 3 references, and (3) a 1-2
    page summary of current and proposed research to:

    Professor Catherine Johnson
    cjohnson@eos.ubc.ca
    Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
    University of British Columbia
    6339 Stores Road
    Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
    CANADA

    http://www.eos.ubc.ca/about/faculty/C.Johnson.html

  138. December 20, 2011 11:52 pm

    AWIS (Association for Women in Science) has awards for female STEM researchers – up to $3k for travel, including conferences. Any woman with at least a bachelor’s degree is eligible (grad, post-doc, professor, etc).
    The due date is Dec 31, and there will also be a second cycle in 2012.
    more info: http://www.awis.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=511

  139. December 20, 2011 11:46 pm

    CPS 9th International School of Planetary Sciences
    24-29 June 2012 in Kobe, Japan
    Topic: Across the Earth into Exoplanets
    Recommendation Letters Due: 07 February 2012
    More info at: https://www.cps-jp.org/~pschool/pub/2012-06-24/index.html

  140. December 20, 2011 11:42 pm

    NASA Astrobiology Famelab competition

    http://astrobiologyfamelab.arc.nasa.gov/

    FameLab Astrobiology is a science communication skills-building event! Via four preliminaries and one final competition—spanning January thru April 2012—we invite you to compete to convey your own research or related science concepts. Each contestant has only three minutes….no slides, no charts—just the power of words and anything you can hold in your hands. A panel of experts in both science and science communication will do the judging.

  141. December 14, 2011 5:23 pm

    Applications for the Nordic-NASA Summer School “Water, Ice and the Origin of Life in the Universe”, (held 2-15 July 2012) are open. Applications are due January 31st. This school is open to early career scientists.

    More info: http://www.nordicastrobiology.net/Iceland2012/

  142. December 14, 2011 5:14 pm

    Wanted: Students to Write on Women in Science for Scientista Foundation
    From: WIPHYS, November 30, 2011

    Apply to be a writer for the Scientista Foundation’s online magazine! They are seeking talented writers from across universities. For more information, visit this website:

    http://www.scientistafoundation.com/12/post/2011/10/join-wise-words-writing-national-and-school-branch.html

  143. December 12, 2011 2:07 pm

    The Space Studies Board’s Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships are offered twice annually. The summer program is restricted to undergraduates, and the autumn program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The deadline for applications for the summer 2012 program is February 3, 2012. Successful candidates will be contacted by March 2, 2012. Applications for the autumn 2012 program will be accepted from April 1, 2012 until June 1, 2012. Successful candidates will be contacted by July 6, 2012. Additional information about the program, including application procedure, can be found at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/SSB/ssb_052239

  144. December 7, 2011 2:41 am

    The 2012 NASA Academy Application is now open!

    The Academy is not a 9-5 summer research internship program. It is a rigorous, immersive experience that will challenge you and push you outside of your comfort zones. It offers participants an intense learning experience that is either Space- or Aeronautics-based. All academy students will be immersed in a NASA environment where they will experience the agency from both inside and outside perspectives. Additionally, added interaction with NASA collaborators in industry and academia will provide unique, exciting and unforgettable summer experience designed to engage and capture students within the NASA family.

    The deadline is January 23, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

    You may access it at http://AcademyApp.com

  145. December 5, 2011 4:40 pm

    Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research (GESTAR), a cooperative agreement between USRA and GSFC, is offering a Graduate Research Assistants Program in conjunction with its university partners, Morgan State University and Johns Hopkins University. The program would provide graduate students access to MSU and JHU faculty as well as the opportunity to work alongside scientists at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Additional information may be found at http://gestar.usra.edu/students/.

  146. November 9, 2011 2:02 am

    PROPOSAL WRITING WORKSHOP

    Most planetary scientists depend on competitive NASA research grants
    from the Planetary Science Division (PSD) to fund their work, and each
    year NASA receives thousands of proposals and selects only ~1/3 of
    them. How will you fare in this competition? Do you know how to write
    a NASA proposal? Do you know where to submit it? Do you know the
    lessons your competitors have gleaned after years of writing their
    own proposals?

    If you are unsure of the answers to any of these questions please
    plan on attending an upcoming Proposal Writing Workshop. The workshop
    is sponsored by the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the
    Carnegie Institution for Science and will be given by Curt Niebur,
    a program scientist in the PSD at NASA Headquarters. The workshop
    is open to all and will focus on understanding NASA’s research
    programs, including information on how to write a research proposal,
    where to apply for funding, and pathways for participation on missions.

    Workshop details:

    Tuesday, December 13, 1:00 to 5:00 pm

    Carnegie’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism
    5241 Broad Branch Rd. NW
    Washington DC 20015

    Please RSVP to Jan Dunlap (dunlap at dtm.ciw.edu) to reserve a place
    and get other logistics details.

  147. November 4, 2011 3:12 pm

    The Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University is pleased to announce the 2011 application opportunity for the Nininger Meteorite Award for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing research in meteoritical sciences.

    The Nininger Meteorite Award recognizes outstanding student achievement in the meteoritical sciences as embodied by an original research paper. Papers must cover original research conducted by the student and must have been written, submitted, or published between November 16, 2010, and December 15, 2011.

    http://meteorites.asu.edu/nininger

  148. November 1, 2011 12:49 pm

    NASA announces a call for graduate fellowship proposals to the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program for the 2012-2013 academic year. This call for fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities.

    The deadline for NEW applications is February 1, 2012, and the deadline for RENEWAL applications is March 15, 2012.

    The NESSF call for proposals and submission instructions are located at the NESSF 12 solicitation index page at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ – click on “Solicitations” then click on “Open Solicitations” then select the “NESSF 12″ announcement. Also refer to “Proposal Submission Instructions” and “Frequently Asked Questions” listed under “Other Documents” on the NESSF 12 solicitation index page.

  149. lovenstars permalink
    October 20, 2011 12:11 pm

    The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is hosting a special summer intern program to evaluate possible landing sites for robotic and human exploration missions. The LPI invites applications from graduate students in geology, planetary science, and related programs. The program is also open to undergraduate students in geology, astronomy, chemistry, and physics with at least 50 semester hours of credit so that they, too, can participate in lunar exploration activities. The goal of this program is to integrate NASA’s lunar science priorities with the exploration components of the new exploration program that takes us beyond low-Earth orbit. This will be a unique team activity that should foster extensive discussions among students and senior science team members.

    The 10-week program runs from May 29, 2012, through August 3, 2012. Selected interns will receive a $5000.00 stipend to cover the costs associated with being in Houston for the duration of the program. Additionally, U.S. citizens will receive up to $1000.00 in travel expense reimbursement, and foreign nationals will receive up to $1500.00 in travel expense reimbursement.

    Please pass this information on to any students who might be interested.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 20, 2012

    Applications are only accepted using the electronic application form found at the LPI’s
    Lunar Exploration Summer Intern website:

    http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lunar_intern/

    For more information, contact:
    Julie Tygielski
    Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program
    lunarintern@lpi.usra.edu

  150. lovenstars permalink
    October 15, 2011 3:24 pm

    Another great graduate student opportunity, but with a deadline fast approaching!

    The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) goals are to introduce U.S. graduate students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting, and to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts. Selected students participate in research experiences at host laboratories in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan. All institutes, except Japan, last approximately 8 weeks from June to August. Japan lasts approximately 10 weeks from
    June to August.

    http://www.nsfsi.org/

  151. September 28, 2011 2:35 pm

    The Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the final 2011 Travel Grant application opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in fields of space science and engineering.

    The Travel Grants, in the amount of $500, enable student recipients to attend professional meetings to present their research. The Fall 2011 Travel Grant application deadline is October 15, 2011. More info: http://nasa-academy.org/soffen/travelgrant/

  152. Catherine permalink
    September 14, 2011 2:19 pm

    Does anyone have any suggestions how to make a good conference poster? I’ve given a couple talks in the past, but I’m about to sit down and make my first poster for DPS, and I never paid much attention in the past to what separates the good posters from the not quite as good.

    • September 20, 2011 10:40 am

      Catherine – Three words: keep it simple. Don’t go crazy with colors and backgrounds and crazy fonts. I tend to do a darker background and have the content separated into individual “boxes” on the poster to provide a little contrast (but be careful of mixing reds, blues, and greens because that will make the poster difficult for color-blind people to view). Stick to an easily-read font for the text, like Arial or Helvetica, and you can go a little crazy on the title. Try to keep the text to a minimum – of course, there will be some necessary text, but remember – you want to give the reader a basic idea so that s/he will then actually TALK to you about your research. As a rule, I never have text on my poster that is smaller than 18 point and most of the time, I actually use 20 – 24 point (you want to be able to read the poster easily from about 6 feet away). …again, it all comes down to keeping it simple. Good luck and most importantly, have fun!

  153. September 13, 2011 12:47 pm

    AGI Geoscience & Public Policy Internships

    AGI’s Government Affairs Program offers summer and semester internship
    opportunities for geoscience students (undergraduates and Masters
    students) with an interest in public policy and in how Washington
    impacts the geoscience community. Interns gain a first-hand
    understanding of the legislative process and the operation of executive
    branch agencies. They also hone writing, research, and web publishing
    skills. Stipends for the interns are generously supported by AGI, the
    American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the American Institute
    of Professional Geologists Foundation. Interns have the opportunity to
    write articles for other publications such as The Professional
    Geologist.

    Check out the past interns database for biographies,
    publications, and other information at:

    http://www.agiweb.org/gap/interns/database/

  154. September 12, 2011 2:05 pm

    Thanks to Ryan Clegg for forwarding this:
    SMART SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SMART STUDENTS

    A tremendous scholarship-for-service opportunity is available to fully fund students’ undergraduate or graduate education. The American Society for Engineering Education’s SMART (Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation) program will pay for all educational expenses for a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. program, and then provide scholars unique opportunities to work as research scientists or engineers in world-class Department of Defense facilities. This is a highly competitive national program, open to U.S. citizens only. The SMART program will pay all educational costs and a stipend while recipients are in school from as little as 1 term up to 5 years.

    The application deadline is 1 December 2011. For more information, including a list of DoD research facilities, visit http://smart.asee.org/

  155. August 31, 2011 5:04 pm

    I am currently a Masters student at Swinburne University’s Astronomy Online program, having just completed the Graduate Certificate of Science in Astronomy. I am interested in any online research opportunities as well as science writing positions (including freelancing). I was a journalism major and have been a writer for a long time who has now decided I want to write about planetary science, including but not limited to, climate change on Earth.

  156. Aishwarya permalink
    July 14, 2011 2:59 pm

    @ Kristin Block,

    Im also a M.S student in UA. Im planning for my Phd in Planetary science. May I know in which stream are u doing ur M.S in UA?

    Thank you,
    Aishwarya.

  157. July 5, 2011 1:09 pm

    Fulbright Canada offers a wide range of residential exchange opportunities for American undergraduates, graduate students, and scholars. Of particular interest, I would like to draw your attention to the new program: the Fulbright Canada Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Awards. The STEM Awards, provided in co-operation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and six of Canada’s leading research universities, offer US students the opportunity to complete a PhD in science, technology, engineering, or math in Canada. This award, valued at $120K over three years (including tuition, fees, and an annual stipend of $20,000), represents a tremendous opportunity for science, engineering and math students seeking a challenging, world-class academic opportunity.

    http://www.fulbright.ca/programs/american-students/uploads/pdfs/2012-13%20STEM%20Application%20Package.pdf

  158. June 15, 2011 11:17 am

    APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE NASA POSTDOCTORAL PROGRAM

    The next deadline to apply for a NASA Postdoctoral Program fellowship
    is July 1, 2011. These competitive one- to three-year fellowship
    appointments advance NASA’s missions in space science, Earth science,
    aeronautics, space operations, exploration systems and astrobiology.

    Applications for the NASA Postdoctoral Program are accepted three times
    each year: March 1, July 1, and November 1.

    For further information about this opportunity and to apply online,
    visit: http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc/description/index.htm

  159. June 15, 2011 11:14 am

    Last year, the NASA Lunar Science Institute and the LPI-JSC NLSI team
    sponsored a Field Training and Research Program for graduate students at
    Meteor Crater.

    We are pleased to announce that the program will be repeated in late
    September 2011. For those who are interested, more details about the
    opportunity are available at http://www.lpi.usra.edu/nlsi/mcFieldCamp/.
    Applications for the program are due by Friday, July 15, 2011.
    sponsored a Field Training and Research Program for graduate students at
    Meteor Crater.

  160. Purva permalink
    June 8, 2011 4:44 pm

    Hi!!

    I am pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering in India. I am very much interested in pursuing MS and/or Post-doc in this field. I wanted to know if that is suitable considering that I’ll be getting a B.E. degree in Computer Engineering.

    Thanks!!

    • June 16, 2011 12:48 pm

      Hi Purva, A lot of people come into planetary science from different fields, and computer engineering is not a bad field to have as a background for a future in planetary science. Your programming skills will serve you well. As has been talked about a bit in some post above this one, everyone has to learn things when they come to grad school in planetary science, so you might have to learn a lot about astronomy and geology, but at least you will have lots of computer skills to help you with your research.

      ~Kelsi

  161. May 23, 2011 2:57 pm

    IPAC/NExScI visiting graduate student program

    Applications are invited for graduate students from outside of Caltech to visit IPAC/NExScI to work on one of a series of projects being offered this year. Research projects cover a wide range of topics from work on extrasolar planets, studies of the early stages of star formation in dark clouds, to nearby and distant galaxies with Spitzer, WISE, Herschel and Planck. The student would work with a member of the IPAC/NExScI staff starting anytime from September 2011 until January 2012 and would stay for 6 months. More information about the program and a list of available projects is provided at the wiki page:

    https://nhscsci.ipac.caltech.edu/sc/index.php/Main/IVGRF11

    The deadline is July 15 2011.

  162. April 12, 2011 1:26 am

    Hi everyone!
    I wanted to point out that University of Central Florida has a Planetary Science group that offers a planetary science track for graduate students in the physics department.

    http://planets.ucf.edu/academics

  163. Lavanya permalink
    April 10, 2011 1:32 pm

    Hi

    I am doing my master of science(by research) in planetary remote sensing. I have done my undergraduate course in engineering (remote sensing) and wish to pursue my research in planetary science. Since i am not a science person lacking the background of physics, astronomy or geology i am afraid to choose planetary science as my career path
    Can a person from engineering background of remote sensing start a research career in planetary science ?
    Please help

    • Kate Craft permalink
      April 10, 2011 9:51 pm

      Hi Lavanya,
      I did a MS degree in Aerospace Engineering before switching over to geophysics. I’m now working on my PhD in geophysics with a focus on planetary science. Like you, I did not have much of a science background but have found by studying the geophysics aspect of planetary science, the math background from my engineering has helped a lot. Also, I had a little programming experience that I found was useful for some of my course work and research. And the rest of the science I’ve been able to catch up on through course work. So, although it has been a little harder probably than coming in with a science undergrad degree, I think that for an engineer to go into planetary science by studying the geophysics side of things at least, is definitely do able.

      Also, I think there are definitely a lot of planetary scientists who analyze remote sensing data for their research and so I would imagine that your background in remote sensing would be a good background to have for certain research topics!

      Good luck! :)

      • Lavanya permalink
        April 17, 2011 10:26 am

        Thanks Kate and Lillian for sharing your experience. well i could now venture more into planetary science studies without deceptive thoughts.
        Thanks again

    • Lillian Ostrach permalink
      April 11, 2011 12:03 am

      Hi Lavanya,

      I absolutely agree with Kate’s response! Although I’ve been a (planetary) geologist throughout my career, I have met and worked with many who did not work in the planetary geology field until their graduate work. The most helpful advice I’ve heard from these students is to either enroll in an intro-level planetary geology course and/or purchase an intro-level book to peruse in their own time and to not be embarrassed to ask for help from other students and/or professors – especially regarding reference material. There is no reason for you to struggle with not knowing when there are plenty of wonderful publications out there to teach you the basics so that you can move on to more advanced things.

      Like Kate said, many people use remote sensing to complete their planetary research – although you may think that you are “behind” in your geology knowledge, I bet that you could teach the rest of us a thing or two about remote sensing!

  164. April 5, 2011 2:04 pm

    1. Field Camp Excellence Award
    New award for geology field camp instructors. One field camp leader will receive an award of $10,000 to assist with their summer field season.
    This award will be based on safety awareness, diversity, and technical excellence.

    Who can apply? Any GSA member, but the award is to be used only for a 2011 Geology Field Camp.
    Deadline to apply? Friday, 15 April, 2011

    Visit https://rock.geosociety.org/ExxonMobilAward/FieldCampExcellence/2011/index.asp for more information and to apply.

  165. March 28, 2011 12:58 pm

    From Gina Brissenden at CAE (Center for Astronomy Education):

    We at CAE believe that Earth and Space Science graduate students and
    postdocs (this includes astrophysics, astronomy, planetary science,
    geosciences, etc.) are underserved when it comes to professional development
    about teaching. We also believe that ESS graduate students and postdocs are
    destined to play a vital role in increasing the participation in, and
    diversity of, the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
    workforce and in improving our nation’s science literacy.

    CAE needs your assistance in locating and contacting ESS graduate students
    and postdocs to let them know about a very special CAE workshop created
    specifically to 1) improve their knowledge and abilities regarding
    implementing of proven instructional strategies; and 2) better prepare them
    for the job market that awaits them.

    Since graduate students and postdocs rarely receive funding to participate
    in professional development, we are offering travel support for about 30
    participants to attend a new CAE Legacy workshop designed specifically for
    their needs. This intensive two-day professional development workshop will
    be held 23-24 July on the Big Island of Hawai’i. This unique location will
    be able to provide workshop participants access to both the Mauna Kea
    Observatories and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

    Because there are a limited number of funded opportunities available, and we
    require participants to complete an application by the 20 April deadline, we
    urge you to please forward the attached announcement to graduate students
    and postdocs in your department (or other departments at you college) ASAP
    so that they can participate in this very special event.

    And if you, yourself, are a graduate student or postdoc, please apply!

    http://astronomy101.jpl.nasa.gov/workshopdetails/index.cfm?workshopID=89

  166. March 24, 2011 2:19 pm

    Astrobiology is a new and rapidly expanding field of science that aims to understand the origin, evolution and diversity of life on Earth, and investigate possible emergence of life elsewhere in the Universe. The newly founded Stockholm University Astrobiology Centre announces 4 graduate students position in physics and astronomy. The students will be working in the following projects:

    · To find life at large distances – biomarkers (Astronomy)
    · Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in space (Physics)
    · Negative ions in the universe (Physics)
    · Complex molecules in the interstellar medium (Physics)

    Students excited by the prospect of working in a dynamic multidisciplinary environment are invited to apply. Successful applicants will enter PhD programmes (4 years full-time).

    The deadline for application is May 2nd 2011 23:59 GMT. Further information about the individual research programmes for the four positions and instructions on how to apply can be found at

    http://www.astrobiology.physto.se

  167. Myriam Telus permalink
    March 18, 2011 9:47 pm

    Hi folks!

    LPSC was loads of fun!

  168. March 18, 2011 11:54 am

    This is in astronomy but might still be useful: This website has an interactive tool that allows you to get rankings of graduate school programs, based on a variety of priority settings:

    http://graduate-school.phds.org/rankings/astronomy

    For example, scroll down and set Diversity to 5, leave all else the same, and see what you get. You can also go to “More options” under “Diversity” and set Female faculty to 5.

    Data come from the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council, and the National Center for Education Statistics. The graduate school rankings have been made possible by grants from The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and The Burroughs Welcome Fund. The National Postdoctoral Association and The Center for Science and the Media have served as the project’s fiscal sponsors.

  169. March 18, 2011 10:41 am

    The Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the first of two 2011 Travel Grant application opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in fields of space science and engineering.

    The Travel Grants, in the amount of $500, enable student recipients to attend professional meetings to present their research. The first 2011 Travel Grant application deadline is April 15, 2011. Jerry Soffen, a biologist by training, led a distinguished career in NASA, including serving as the Project Scientist for Viking and as an architect for the NASA Astrobiology Institute. The Travel Grant continues Jerry’s dedication to educating and involving future generations in space science and engineering pursuits. The electronic application materials and instructions are located on the Soffen Fund website:

    http://nasa-academy.org/soffen/travelgrant/

  170. March 3, 2011 5:44 pm

    Hello all grad students,

    I would like to invite you all to participate in the Lunar Grad Con this summer at NASA Ames, details below. Please let me know if you have any questions.

    :)Heidi

    The 2nd Annual Lunar Graduate Conference (LunGradCon 2011) will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at the NASA Ames Research Center (ARC), preceeding the NASA Lunar Science Forum. LunGradCon provides an opportunity for grad students and early-career postdocs to present their research on lunar science in a low-stress, friendly environment, being critiqued only by their peers. In addition to oral presentations, the conference presents opportunities for networking with fellow grad students and postdocs, as well as senior members of the NASA Lunar Science Institute. A limited amount of funding will be provided for travel and lodging costs.

    For more details, please visit:

    http://lasp.colorado.edu/ccldas/lgc2011

    or email any questions to: lungradcon@gmail.com

    • May 22, 2011 5:35 pm

      Upcoming Deadline – LunGradCon 2011

      If you’ve already submitted an abstract for the NASA Lunar Science Forum, it’s not to late to do so for LunGradCon 2011, too! The 2nd Annual Lunar Graduate Conference (LunGradCon 2011) will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at the NASA Ames Research Center (ARC), prior to the NASA Lunar Science Forum. LunGradCon provides an opportunity for grad students and early-career postdocs to present their research on lunar science in a low-stress, constructive, friendly environment of their peers. In addition gaining experience with oral presentations, the conference presents opportunities for networking with fellow grad students, postdocs, and senior members of the NASA Lunar Science Institute. A limited amount of funding (~$400) will be provided for travel and lodging costs. The astract submission deadline is May 31, 2011.

      For more details, please visit:

      http://lasp.colorado.edu/ccldas/lgc2011

      or email any questions to: lungradcon@gmail.com

  171. March 3, 2011 2:38 pm

    FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT – LUNGRADCON 2011

    The 2nd Annual Lunar Graduate Conference (LunGradCon 2011) will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at the NASA Ames Research Center (ARC), preceeding the NASA Lunar Science Forum. LunGradCon provides an opportunity for grad students and early-career postdocs to present their research on lunar science in a low-stress, friendly environment, being critiqued only by their peers. In addition to oral presentations, the conference presents opportunities for networking with fellow grad students and postdocs, as well as senior members of the NASA Lunar Science Institute. A limited amount of funding will be provided for travel and lodging costs.

    For more details, please visit:

    http://lasp.colorado.edu/ccldas/lgc2011

  172. March 1, 2011 3:24 pm

    2011 Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop: Exploring Exoplanets with Microlensing – July 25-29, 2011

    Applications for financial assistance for students and postdocs to attend are due this Friday, March 4!

    Registration and financial assistance application now available on-line along with agenda updated with speaker names!

    The 2011 Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop: “Exploring Exoplanets with Microlensing”, will take place on the Caltech campus July 25-29. This timely workshop comes on the heels of the ASTRO 2010 Decadal report endorsing microlensing as an important technique in the exoplanet field. Limited financial assistance for travel and accommodations will be available for successful applicants.

    More information, including an agenda and instructions on applying for financial assistance to attend the workshop (applications due March 4), can be found on the workshop website: http://nexsci.caltech.edu/workshop/2011/

  173. February 23, 2011 6:01 pm

    NASA Planetary Science Summer School Applications

    NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students for its 23rd Annual Planetary Science Summer School, which will hold two separate sessions this summer (18-22 July and 1-5 August) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. During the program and pre-session webinars, student teams will carry out the equivalent of an early mission concept study, prepare a proposal authorization review presentation, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. By the end of the session, students will have a clearer understanding of the life cycle of a space mission; relationships between mission design, cost, and schedule; and the tradeoffs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the quality of science. Applications are due April 1st, 2011. Partial financial support is available for a limited number of individuals. Further information is available at

    http://pscischool.jpl.nasa.gov

  174. January 28, 2011 3:40 pm

    2011 Santander Summer School: Mars Exploration: Unveiling a Habitable Planet

    Location: Palacio de Magdalena, Santander, Cantabria, Spain
    Dates: June 27 – July 1, 2011
    Application Deadline: March 14, 2011

    http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/nai/UIMP/2011/

  175. Kelsi permalink*
    January 6, 2011 1:07 am

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters has released a solicitation, entitled NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) – Fall 2011 Fellowship Start, on December 29, 2010. The solicitation is available by opening the NASA Research Opportunities homepage athttp://nspires.nasaprs.com/ , selecting “Solicitations,” then selecting “Open Solicitations,” and, finally, selecting “NSTRF11.”

    All applications must be submitted electronically through NSPIRES by an authorized organizational representative. Applications are due on or before February 23, 2011. Detailed submission instructions (for the faculty advisor, student and authorized organizational representative) are provided under “Other Documents” on the NSPIRES webpage associated with the NSTRF11 solicitation. Potential applicants, their advisors and proposing organizations are urged to access the electronic proposal system well in advance of the proposal due date to familiarize themselves with its structure and to enter the requested information.

  176. November 19, 2010 2:19 pm

    NASA Academy Summer Program

    The 10-week NASA Academy summer program is now taking applications from undergraduate and beginning graduate students in the sciences, math, and engineering. Deadline: January 18, 2011.

    The Academies are intensive educational programs emphasizing group activities, teamwork, research, and creativity. The curriculum balances direct contact with science and engineering R & D with an awareness of the managerial, political, financial, social and human issues faced by aerospace professionals. Included are seminars, informal discussions, evening lectures, supervised research, visits to other NASA Centers and facilities, group project/s, tours, posters/presentations, and assessment. Additionally, most weekends are filled with group activities, team building and off-site trips. One free weekend is scheduled.

    The Academy is not a 9-5 summer research internship program. It is a rigorous, immersive experience that will challenge you. The academy is a space-themed program of high learning about NASA, its projects and collaborations with aerospace industry, and academia, with very little down time, but a busy, exciting summer that you will not forget.

    https://academyapp.com/

    The Academies have separate focus areas of leadership, robotics, aeronatics, space and planetary science, and propulsion. Please see the website to learn more about the Academies at each center: Ames (CA), Marshall (AL), Glenn (OH), and Goddard (MD).

  177. November 8, 2010 11:01 pm

    The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is proud to announce its fourth LPI Career Development Award, which is open to both U.S. and non-U.S. applicants. This award will be given to graduate students who have submitted a first-author abstract for presentation at the 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC).

    A travel stipend of $800.00 will be awarded to the top applicants to help cover their travel expenses for attending the LPSC in March.

    The application deadline for the LPI Career Development Award is January 7, 2011. Applications should be directed to

    Dr. Stephen Mackwell
    c/o Claudia Quintana
    3600 Bay Area Boulevard
    Houston TX 77058-1113
    cquintana (at) hou.usra.edu

    Awards will be based on a review of the application materials by a panel of lunar and planetary scientists. Applications must include:

    * Letter outlining why the applicant would like to participate at the LPSC and what he or she will contribute to the conference
    * Letter of recommendation from his or her research advisor
    * Copy of the first-author abstract
    * Curriculum Vita for the applicant

    The 42nd LPSC will be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center in The Woodlands, Texas. An average of 1500 participants from all over the world gather each year for the annual meeting, which has gained the reputation of being the premiere gathering place for lunar and planetary scientists.

    The LPI maintains a highly focused education effort chartered to engage, excite, and educate the public about lunar and planetary science and invests in the development of future generations of scientists. The LPI Career Development Award has been provided from the generous endowments that the LPI has received over the past year from those in the community who are equally committed to the education of students in lunar and planetary science.

  178. veronica permalink
    October 11, 2010 5:33 pm

    Hi, I just came across this website and I think it’s a great opportunity for women all over the globe to share ideas and seek various opportunities through this forum!
    A little bit about me: I graduated this past may from University of Alabama’s Public Policy Graduate Program. I currently work on space policy related research and at the same time looking for opportunities to pursue a PhD degree next fall. I have a number of publications on the theme of U.S. European cooperation in space and transatlantic partnership in space.
    I’d be happy to receive any feedback, ideas, and advice on this matter from current or past PhD students and professors.
    Best wishers,
    Veronica

  179. Prabhjot permalink
    October 4, 2010 7:17 am

    Hii. this website is a great idea. i m Prabhjot.. working as a research fellow in India… presently working on lunar surface mineralogy… and finally aim is to do P.hD in planetary geology.. so looking for some good opportunities in this field.. Hope i will get a ton of knowledge nd good ideas for u all followers of his great site…

  180. September 27, 2010 11:20 am

    from LPI, 9/27/10:

    OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS

    The Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University is pleased to announce the 2010 application opportunity for the Nininger Meteorite Award for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing research in meteoritical sciences.

    The Nininger Meteorite Award recognizes outstanding student achievement in the meteoritical sciences as embodied by an original research paper. Papers must cover original research conducted by the student and must have been written, submitted or published between November 13, 2009 and November 15, 2010.

    The 2010 Nininger Award application deadline is November 15, 2010. Applicants must be the first, but not sole, author of the paper and must be studying at an educational institution in the United States.

    The Nininger Award recipient receives $1000 and an engraved plaque commemorating the honor. Further information about the Nininger Award and paper submission instructions are located on the Center for Meteorite Studies website:

    http://meteorites.asu.edu/nininger

    Questions regarding the application or application process may be sent to:

    nininger@asu.edu

  181. September 13, 2010 7:12 pm

    National Academies Policy Fellowship Call for Applications

    This Graduate Fellowship Program of the National Academies—consisting of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council—is designed to engage its Fellows in the analytical process that informs U.S. science and technology policy. Fellows develop basic skills essential to working or participating in science policy at the federal, state, or local levels.

    For more info on eligibility, dates of the program, and how to apply visit: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/policyfellows/index.htm

    Deadline for winter/spring session is Oct. 15
    * There will be two 12-week sessions in 2011: Winter/January and Fall/September.
    * There will be no summer session in 2011
    * The stipend/grant will be $8,240 for the Fellowship session.

  182. September 13, 2010 7:08 pm

    NASA Astrobiology Institute Research Scholarships

    The NAI Research Scholarship Program offers research-related travel support for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Applicants are encouraged to use these resources to circulate among two or more NAI Teams, or participating institutions of the NAI, however any travel that is critical for the applicant’s research will be considered. Travelers must be formally affiliated with a U.S. institution. Requests are limited to $5,000, and are accepted with deadlines of April 1 and October 1.

    For more info and how to apply, visit http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/nai/funding/nai-research-scholarships

  183. Jacqueline permalink
    September 1, 2010 3:39 pm

    i am currently attending a community college in Hattisburg. i am VREY intrested in plantary science. what are step i need to take to presue this career? also, after i complete college, am i guaranteed a job in studing space? any advice would be helpful!

    • September 5, 2010 1:26 am

      Hi Jacqueline! Nice to meet you. It is great you want to get involved with planetary science. Many people in this field come from astronomy, geology or physics backgrounds, and that is what they studied in undergrad, often with an internship or other research experience in planetary science either over the summer or even during the school year at their undergrad institution with a professor there. There are a few schools where you can take classes specifically in planetary science as well. Most people get their undergraduate degree in one of these fields, then go to graduate school for planetary science to get their Ph.D.

      Of course no one is ever guaranteed a job in any field, but if you study to become a planetary scientist you will gain many skills along the way, that will end up being useful even if you decide to pursue a different path in the end.

    • Lynnae permalink
      September 8, 2010 11:00 am

      Jacqueline,

      I agree with Kelsi. While you are studying at community college, try to take math and science courses and really find out what field of science interests you, whether it be physics, chemistry, geology, environmental science, or engineering (or even a little astronomy!). All of these fields serve as a good basis for planetary science and would be good to get a B.S. in. As Kelsi mentioned, going to graduate school in geology or planetary science is usually the norm. However, there are a few folks that do planetary science work who have graduate degrees in chemistry, physics or another area related to planetary science. The key right now might be for you to figure out which scientific discipline you enjoy best, start taking some courses in it now, and work toward a B.S. in that. Keep your eyes open for internships in planetary science too!

  184. August 11, 2010 2:50 pm

    Hi,

    I’m Aishwarya currenlty doing my final year B.E Geo-Informatics. I’m presently working on VIRTIS data. I’m deeply confused in the data download process. Can someone help me ?

    Thank you,
    Aishwarya.

    • August 29, 2010 7:27 am

      Aishwarya, I asked around on FB for someone to help you, and I’m afraid I didn’t find anyone. Have you emailed the contact person on the website where you got your data?

  185. branding consulting branding marketing permalink
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  186. May 17, 2010 5:42 pm

    2011 Astrobiology Winter School

    The University of Hawaii branch of the NASA Astrobiology Institute will host a winter school on the theme of “water and the evolution of life in the cosmos,” from Monday January 3rd to Monday January 17th 2011. This school will provide approximately 40 post-graduate participants with a broad but high-level introduction into astrobiology, emphasizing the origin and role of water in the emergence of life on our planet, and in the search for life elsewhere. It will be truly multidisciplinary, bringing together students and researchers from the diverse scientific backgrounds that contribute to our understanding here. Hawaii offers ideal resources for this training opportunity, from world-leading astronomical observing facilities through state of the art cosmochemistry simulation equipment to unique geologic environments in which extremophile life exists. Applications are invited from all graduate and post-doctoral students whose research interests intersect with astrobiology.

    http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/UHNAI/2011winterschool/

  187. May 17, 2010 5:42 pm

    The LPI-JSC Center for Lunar Science and Exploration is excited to announce a new student field camp opportunity coming this fall! The Field Training and Research Program at Meteor Crater is being organized under the auspices of the NASA Lunar Science Institute, which is designed, in part, to train a new generation of explorers for the Moon and beyond.

    The Field Training and Research Program at Meteor Crater is a week-long geology field class and research project based at Barringer Meteorite Crater, Arizona, more popularly known as Meteor Crater. The goal will be to introduce students to impact cratering processes and provide an opportunity to assist with a research project at the crater. Skills developed during the field camp should better prepare students for their own thesis studies in impact cratered terrains, whether they be on Earth, the Moon, Mars, or some other solar system planetary surface.

    The field camp is designed for graduate college students in geology and planetary science programs, although advanced undergraduate students will be considered if they have successfully completed a summer field geology program and have a demonstrated interest in impact cratering processes. The field camp is offered October 17-23, 2010, and limited to twenty-four participants. Interested candidates should apply by June 11, 2010, to be considered.

    For more information, please visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/nlsi/mcFieldCamp/.

  188. May 17, 2010 5:40 pm

    LLOYD V. BERKNER
    SPACE POLICY INTERNSHIPS

    * * * CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE AUTUMN 2010 PROGRAM * * *

    * * * APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 14, 2010 * * *

    The goal of the Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internship program is to provide promising undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to work in the area of civil space research policy in the nation’s capital, under the aegis of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council’s (NAS/NRC’s) Space Studies Board (SSB).

    Established in 1958 to serve as the focus of the interests and responsibilities in space research for the NAS/NRC, the SSB provides an independent, authoritative forum for information and advice on all aspects of space science and applications, and it serves as the focal point within the NAS/NRC for activities on space research. It oversees advisory studies (including the on-going decadal surveys in astronomy and astrophysics, planetary science, life and microgravity sciences, and solar and space physics) and program assessments, facilitates international research coordination, and promotes communications on space science and science policy between the research community, the federal government, and the interested public. The SSB also serves as the U.S. National Committee for the International Council for Science Committee on Space Research (COSPAR).

    The Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships, named after the first chair of the SSB, are offered twice annually. The SSB is now accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students for its autumn 2010 program. The deadline for applications is June 14, 2010. Successful candidates will be contacted no later than July 2, 2010.

    Visit http://sites.nationalacademies.org/SSB/ssb_052239 to learn more about the program and to get application information.

  189. Becky Solon permalink
    April 22, 2010 4:27 pm

    I’m the Program Chairperson for the Sedona Gem & Mineral Club, Sedona, AZ 86336.

    I would like to know the name of the woman meteorite expert who was interviewed on recent shows of the “Meteorite Men” who used the lab at ASU to have their meteorites analyzed and evaluated. Please get back to me right away if possible. The woman who was interviewed was probably in her 30s and had long dark hair.

    Becky Solon
    Program and Speaker Series
    Sedona Gem & Mineral Club

    928-282-8501

  190. Amanda Damptz permalink
    April 20, 2010 11:13 am

    NASA Space Science Student Ambassadors Program
    Deadline: April 29th, 2010

    NASA is seeking to engage university students, both undergraduate and graduate students, to conduct activities that are designed to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to participate in NASA’s Space Science educational activities and to help generate excitement about NASA scientific discoveries in space science (astrophysics, planetary science and heliophysics).

    Requirements
    • Must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old as of January 1, 2010, and in an institution of higher learning that is a member of the state Space Grant Consortium http://national.spacegrant.org/info/web.html
    • Full time student- graduate or undergraduate

    Awards
    • Up to 50 students will be selected for a one-year award.
    • A stipend of $2,000 will be provided for conducting the recipient’s proposed activities
    • A reimbursement of up to $600 will be provided for materials, supplies, and travel expenses for the execution of their activities.

    Visit the NASA Space Science Stuent Ambassadors Program for more information:

    http://www.spacegrant.org/nssa/

  191. Leila permalink
    April 13, 2010 3:17 am

    Hi,

    It is the first time I’ve come across this blog and it seems really fascinating! I have a BS in physics and an MS in Astronomy from the “Swinbure Astronomy Online” program. My main subject of interest is extrasolar planets. My Master’s degree is course based and I am currently trying to enter a research program in a local university therefore I am afraid leaving the country to take part in any of the above programs is not currently an option for me. So i was wondering if you possibly new of any online opportunities as well?

    Thanks a lot,

    Leila

    • April 13, 2010 2:47 pm

      Hi Leila,

      I don’t know of any online research opportunities for grad students off the top of my head but it is a good question so hopefully someone else knows.

      ~Kelsi

  192. April 6, 2010 2:23 pm

    NASA Planetary Science Summer School

    NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students for its 22nd Annual Planetary Science Summer School, which will hold two separate sessions this summer (19-23 July and 2-6 August) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. During the program, student teams will carry out the equivalent of an early mission concept study, prepare a proposal authorization review presentation, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. At the end of the week, students will have a clearer understanding of the life cycle of a robotic space mission; relationships between mission design, cost, and schedule; and the tradeoffs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the quality of science. Applications are due 1 May 2010. Partial financial support is available for a limited number of individuals. Further information is available at http://pscischool.jpl.nasa.gov .

  193. Samantha permalink
    March 24, 2010 4:22 pm

    Hello there!
    My name is Samantha Smith and I’m a graduate student at Texas Christian University. It was my first time to go to LPSC and I had a great time. I really enjoyed the Women in Planetary Science breakfast. Glad to hear about this website!

  194. March 16, 2010 3:37 pm

    NASA Planetary Science Summer School

    NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students for its 22nd Annual Planetary Science Summer School, which will hold two separate sessions this summer (19-23 July and 2-6 August) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. During the program, student teams will carry out the equivalent of an early mission concept study, prepare a proposal authorization review presentation, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. At the end of the week, students will have a clearer understanding of the life cycle of a robotic space mission; relationships between mission design, cost, and schedule; and the tradeoffs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the quality of science. Applications are due 1 May 2010. Partial financial support is available for a limited number of individuals. Further information is available at http://pscischool.jpl.nasa.gov .

  195. February 20, 2010 12:01 pm

    Graduate students — I’m interviewing a number of planetary scientists for a research project on flight missions at LPSC and allowing a limited number of graduate students to sit with us during the interviews. You’ll be introduced to and sit with real experts — an excellent way to learn more about career path options and work on missions. If you’re interested in being one of those graduate students, drop me an email and we can talk about your interests.

    Thanks!
    Susan Niebur

  196. February 9, 2010 1:57 pm

    The Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research provides a small number (3 to 5) of competitive grants each year in the range of $2500.00 to $5000.00 (USD) for support of field research at known or suspected impact sites worldwide. Grant funds may be used to assist with travel and subsistence costs, as well as laboratory and computer analysis of research samples and findings. Masters, doctoral, and postdoctoral students enrolled in formal university programs in any country are eligible.

    Applications to the Fund will be due by April 9, 2010, with notification of grant awards by June 8, 2010.

    Additional details of the awards and the application process, as well as a flyer that can be posted at your institution, are available at

    http://www.lpi.usra.edu/science/kring/Awards/Barringer_Fund/index.html

  197. February 1, 2010 6:23 pm

    The American Geological Institute has a variety of summer internships they sponsor, including (but probably not limited to):
    – Geoscience and Public Policy Internships
    – Science Writing Internships
    – Geoscience Outreach Internships
    – Geoscience Workforce Program Internship

    Check out the fliers below for more info:

    http://epsc.wustl.edu/~ksinger/AGI2010Internships.pdf

    Most are for undergrads, but some are for masters students or recent graduates in geosciences…

  198. January 8, 2010 11:07 pm

    GWIS, Graduate Women in Science, also has some fellowships/scholarships:

    http://www.gwis.org/

    (the big one is due Jan. 15th…)

  199. January 8, 2010 11:05 pm

    If you are on the geology side of things, AWG, the Association for Women Geoscientists, offers some scholarships and travel fellowships:

    http://www.awg.org/EAS/awards.html

    http://www.awg.org/EAS/scholarships.html

    And a list of student opportunities:

    http://www.awg.org/EAS/jobweb.html#studentops

  200. January 8, 2010 10:58 pm

    The Systems Teaching Institute (STI) is offering a 10-12 week summer research program for graduate students in fields relevant to NASA Ames research. Selected students will gain hands-on experience working with cutting-edge research and development teams, an increased understanding of the NASA mission, and mentoring in research management skills. Students will be selected based on their research interests and career goals and how well they complement existing NASA projects. Potential research projects are in the areas of Nanotechnology, Information Technology and Computer Science, Aerospace Systems, Earth Sciences, Biotechnology and Fundamental Space Biology.

    Deadline – Janurary 31, 2010

    Eligibility:
    – Undergraduates accepted into a Master’s or Doctoral program
    – Acquired skills that might be of special interest
    – Prior educational background that shows interdisciplinary knowledge
    – Specialized career goals directly related to NASA’s mission

    Benefits:
    – Pay/Salary: $19- $25 an hour, commensurate with tasks and experience.
    – Lodging: The STI offers a stipend which covers 50 – 100% of the lodging expenses for up to 12 weeks.

    What you will need to prepare:
    – Official academic transcripts or letter of acceptance from your graduate institution
    – Official academic transcripts from your undergraduate institution
    – A completed application form
    – One letter of recommendation from a professor or research advisor
    – A cover letter that includes a description of your career goals, interests, and/or special skills

    For more information, please visit the STI Internship Program website:

    http://uarc.ucsc.edu/sti/grad_10.shtml

  201. Lynnae permalink
    December 24, 2009 6:50 pm

    I’ll have to add my department: Johns Hopkins’ Earth and Planetary Sciences department. The planetary sciene program here is one that has recently partnered with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), which has a fairly large Planetary Exploration group specializing in studies of Mercury, Mars, Galilean Satellites, Titan, Enceladus, Lunar Studies, Asteroids, Comets, Meteorites, Planetary Impact Processes, Spectroscopy of Planetary Surfaces, Planet Formation, etc., etc., etc., etc., etc…..

    • December 26, 2009 10:47 pm

      thanks, I don’t know how I missed putting John Hopkins on the list, which reminds me that University of Virginia should be on the list too…

  202. Katie permalink
    December 17, 2009 7:07 pm

    Kelsi, I want to suggest adding the University of Arkansas to the list. It has a graduate program (MS and PhD) in Space and Planetary Sciences through the Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences. (http://spacecenter.uark.edu). The Center also has a summer REU program.

    • Kelsi permalink*
      December 18, 2009 2:14 pm

      great! thanks for the information!

  203. December 4, 2009 12:40 pm

    Hi All,

    I am moving this over from a blog posting a while ago on the home page… This is not an exhaustive list, so please feel free to suggest more schools that should be on here. This list includes departments where the word “planetary” is featured somewhere, if we included every school with a geology or physics/astronomy department the list would be a lot longer, but be aware these departments may have planetary faculty as well! :)

    Planetary Science Schools (Grad and Undergrad)

    Washington University in St. Louis – Earth and Planetary Sciences
    Brown University – Geological Sciences
    University of Arizona – Planetary Sciences
    Arizona State University – School of Earth and Space Exploration
    University of Colorado – Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
    California Institute of Technology – Geological and Planetary Science
    University of California, Los Angeles – Earth and Space Sciences
    Columbia University – Interdepartmental Committee on Atmospheric and Planetary Science
    Northwestern University – Earth and Planetary Sciences
    Western Connecticut State University – Physics, Astronomy & Meteorology (Undergrad and M.A. in Earth and Planetary Sciences)
    Wheaton College (Norton, Massachusetts) – Astronomy and Physics, (Undergrad only)
    The University of Western Ontario – Planetary Science (Collaborative program)
    Harvard University – Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
    University of Hawaii – Geology and Geophysics, Institute for Astronomy
    University of Illinois – Geology Department
    University of Idaho – Department of Geological Sciences
    Cornell University – Astronomy
    Berkeley – Earth and Planetary Sciences, Astronomy

    • William Moore permalink
      March 8, 2010 1:06 pm

      Kelsi, It was great to meet you at LPSC last week, and if you’re still building this list, please add Hampton University Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Science to the list. We are a grad-only program (MS & PhD).

      • March 9, 2010 12:06 pm

        Thanks, Bill! We’ll add it to the list! — and feel free to send your students here; we post early career advice on the main page and specific grad or undergrad opportunities on these pages.

      • March 16, 2010 9:51 am

        Thanks Bill, will do!

    • September 17, 2013 1:01 pm

      Also add Purdue -Department of Earth, Atmosphere, and Planetary Sciences

  204. December 1, 2009 11:55 pm

    Good article on getting letters of recommendation (undergrad, grad, post-doc etc.):

    http://chronicle.com/article/Getting-Great-Letters-of-Re/45570/

    Also see “Tomorrow’s Professor” page and sign up for newsletter if interested

    http://ctl.stanford.edu/Tomprof/index.shtml

  205. November 17, 2009 3:37 pm

    This is also somewhat tangential, but perhaps someone who is on the engineering side might be interested…
    ———————————————————————-
    Released: August 27, 2009

    Beth Dickey
    Headquarters, Washington
    202-358-2087
    beth.dickey-1@nasa.gov
    RELEASE: 09-199

    NASA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR AERONAUTICS SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

    WASHINGTON — NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate will
    begin accepting scholarship applications on Sept. 1, 2009, for the
    2010 academic year. The application deadline is Jan. 11, 2010.

    NASA expects to award 20 undergraduate and five graduate scholarships
    to students in aeronautics or related fields. Undergraduate students
    entering their second year of study will receive up to $15,000 per
    year for two years and the opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend
    by interning at a NASA research center during the summer. Graduate
    students will receive up to $35,000 per annually for up to three
    years, with an opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend interning at
    a NASA research center up to two consecutive summers.

    For details about this scholarship program, including how to apply,
    visit:

    http://asee.org/nasaasp

    For more information about NASA’s aeronautics programs, visit:

    http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov

    For information about NASA and agency programs, visit:

    http://www.nasa.gov

  206. November 17, 2009 3:33 pm

    This might be kind of a long shot, but L’Oreal has some fellowships for postdocs (and researchers).

    http://www.lorealusa.com/_en/_us/index.aspx

  207. November 14, 2009 11:09 am

    The NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) is seeking candidates for the Summer 2010 internship session. The NASA USRP program is a mentored internship for undergraduate students that are offered at all 12 NASA Centers and research support facilities across the United States. Students majoring in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics will have the opportunity to gain hands-on technical research experiences. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to participate and work with a NASA mentor on a research project from NASA’s core workforce competency needs. USRP research projects are premier research and development projects that are aligned with NASA’s research focus areas.

    In order to qualify students must be enrolled at a university and in their sophomore, junior or senior year. Students also must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and be a U.S. Citizen.

    Summer 2010 Deadline – January 22, 2010

    To apply and learn more simply log on to the USRP web site at http://usrp.usra.edu

    USRA Point of Contact:
    Anthony Zippay
    NASA USRP Co-Project Administrator
    O: 281-483-2509
    John.A.Zippay@nasa.gov

  208. November 7, 2009 3:39 pm

    Fellowship/Scholarships at AAUW (formerly known as American Association of University Women)

    2010-2011 Academic Year

    Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship $30,000
    Dissertation Fellowship $20,000
    Summer/Short-Term
    Research Publication Grant $6,000

    Applications available* Aug. 1-Nov. 15, 2009
    Application deadline November 15, 2009

    Fellowship year July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011

    Check http://www.aauw.org/education/fga/fellowships_grants/american.cfm for more info.

  209. November 6, 2009 1:53 pm

    Astrobiology Graduate Conference (AbGradCon) 2010
    Tällberg, Sweden – June 14-18, 2010.

    In 2010, AbGradCon, the foremost astrobiology meeting for early-career
    researchers, will be held in Europe for the first time in its history. Graduate
    students and early-career postdocs from all over the world will come together to
    present their research in a comfortable environment, to learn of the latest
    developments in astrobiology, to network and to forge new collaborations. The
    meeting will comprise oral and poster presentations, half-day workshops and a
    one-day field trip to geologically instructive sites in the astrobiologically
    interesting Siljan impact crater. Attendees are encouraged from the very wide
    range of subjects pertinent to astrobiology. Financial assistance will be
    available to invited attendees.

    Abstract deadline: 28th of February 2010
    Registration deadline: 1th of May 2010

    Further information is available at the conference website:
    http://www.abgradcon2010.org. Any questions can be sent to abgradcon10@gmail.com

  210. November 4, 2009 10:09 pm

    NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program

    NASA announces a call for graduate fellowship proposals to the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program for the 2010-2011 academic year. This call for fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities.

    The deadline for NEW applications is February 1, 2010, and the deadline for RENEWAL applications is March 15, 2010.

    The NESSF call for proposals and submission instructions are located at the NESSF 09 solicitation index page at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ – click on “Solicitations” then click on “Open Solicitations” then select the “NESSF 10″ announcement. Also refer to “Proposal Submission Instructions” listed under “Other Documents” on the NESSF 10 solicitation index page.

    All proposals must be submitted in electronic format only through the NASA NSPIRES system. The advisor has an active role in the submission of the fellowship proposal. To use the NSPIRES system, the advisor, the student, and the university must all register. Extended instructions on how to submit an electronic proposal package are posted on the NESSF 10 solicitation index page listed above. You can register in NSPIRES at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/.

    For further information contact Russell Deyoung, Program Administrator for NESSF Earth Science Research, Telephone: (757) 864-1472, E-mail: larc-nessf-Earth@lists.nasa.gov or Dolores Holland, Program Administrator for NESSF Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research, and Astrophysics Research, Telephone: (202) 358-0734, E-mail: hq-nessf-Space@nasa.gov.

  211. Kelsi permalink*
    October 27, 2009 12:43 pm

    The Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University encourages undergraduate and graduate students pursuing research in meteoritical sciences to apply for the2009 Nininger Meteorite Award.
    The Nininger Meteorite Award recognizes outstanding student achievement in the meteoritical sciences as embodied by an original research paper. Papers must cover original research conducted by the student and must have been written, submitted or published between November 15, 2008 and November 13, 2009. The 2009 Nininger Award application deadline is November 13, 2009. Applicants must be the first, but not sole, author of the paper and must be studying at an educational institution in the United States. The Nininger Award recipient receives $1000 and an engraved plaque commemorating the honor. Further information about the Nininger Award and paper submission instructions are located on the Center for Meteorite Studies website:

    http://meteorites.asu.edu/nininger

    Questions regarding the application or application process may be sent to:
    nininger@asu.edu

  212. Kelsi permalink*
    October 21, 2009 2:10 pm

    AWIS – Association for Women in Science, has some fellowships available: http://www.awis.affiniscape.com/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=67

  213. Lynnae permalink
    August 21, 2009 11:18 pm

    Hi Everyone! I’m Lynnae, a graduate student finishing up an M.S. in Physics at Catholic University in Washington, DC, soon to be a Ph.D. student in Planetary Scences at Johns Hopkins next semester. This is a wonderful site! I think advice on finishing the Ph.D., including choosing a thesis topic, and a forum for graduate students would be very helpful. Looking forward to communicating with everyone!

  214. Bhairavi Shankar permalink
    July 7, 2009 12:24 pm

    Hi,
    I’m also a doctorate student (starting 2nd yr) at the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. It’s wonderful to come across a site specifically for us women in Science. Looking forward to corresponding with all of you!
    PS: anyone attending the upcoming Lunar Forum at NASA Ames in 2 weeks? Any women in planetary science activities planned??

  215. January 18, 2009 3:27 pm

    Hi, Joice, and welcome!

  216. joice permalink
    January 14, 2009 4:32 am

    hi
    my name is Joice a student in University Of Nairobi, In Kenya ,East Africa studying Biomedical Technology i think the site is a wonderful idea especially the idea of meeting women older in the field .

  217. sandrift permalink*
    December 12, 2008 3:45 pm

    Jamie – Start here. Ask questions that are as specific as you can be, and let us know what are your specific research interests and career goals. Are you looking to enroll in Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Geology, etc? What is your background? Etc.

  218. December 2, 2008 11:52 am

    To all you students (and potential students) out there- I have a NASA-funded project in need of a Ph.D. student if anyone is interested… the goal of the project is to measure gas hydrate formation and dissociation rates at conditions relevant to Mars and other planetary bodies.

    If you’re interested, check out my research website at the University of Oklahoma and send me an email…

    http://faculty-staff.ou.edu/E/Megan.E.Elwood.Madden-1/

  219. Jamie permalink
    November 17, 2008 10:10 pm

    Hello there – I am not yet a PhD candidate, but am applying for programs right now. I sure can use some advice on schools. Where/when do we get to ask those of you with more experience questions?

  220. November 1, 2008 10:53 am

    Hmmm… let’s get a graduate student contributor for the site, shall we? I’ll contact those of you who have expressed interest already, but if there are others interested, please leave a comment here!

  221. Alyssa permalink
    October 13, 2008 4:53 pm

    Hello! I’m a PhD candidate at The University of Western Ontario in London, ON, and will be finishing up within the next year. I also run two outreach programs: one general science and one specifically for astronomy. I just heard about this site today at the DPS Women’s lunch and think it’s great!

    I really like the idea of having a forum where we could ask advice from the more senior members – be it about finishing up the PhD, the job market, or the balance between family and career.

    I’d love to see this site to be very active, so if you ever need contributors, I’d be glad to help.

  222. July 24, 2008 4:12 pm

    Kelsi (and all!)

    Welcome. I’d be happy to have you and some other women set up a graduate student portion of this site, if you like, or help you set up your own site. There are a few resources out there (physics students can join the APS Forum on Graduate Student Affairs, for example; all can use the NAGPS online resources), but nothing specifically that I know of for planetary science.

    Welcome!

  223. Kelsi permalink*
    June 21, 2008 11:39 pm

    HI! Sorry to be late in joining the discussion. I am a second year (going for phd) at Washington University in St. Louis. I have been thinking for a long time that we planetary science graduate students needed our own forum. I would be happy to be the one who sets it up, after August when I take my qualifying exams… On that note, I could definitely use help/advice on setting one up. I have been responsible for setting up some websites, but nothing like a forum.

    However, it seems like this forum would still be the better one to get advice from those ahead of us in the process. I imagine it would be more well attended by a wider range of people in different stages of their careers, and not just academia.

    And I agree, all of the topics listed at the top sound good to me.

  224. sandrift permalink*
    May 20, 2008 12:13 pm

    I’m sure that several of us would be happy to provide insight into the transition from grad student to professional. However, that’s a really broad subject – there are multiple aspects (personal and professional) of that transition to comment on. If you are a student and have specific questions, get them out to us so we can talk about them!

  225. Sharyl Byram permalink
    April 2, 2008 1:26 pm

    All of those ideas sound great to me!

    I’d also like to see content on transitioning from being a student into a professional from women who have already done it and from women in the process.

    Sharyl Byram
    PhD Candidate
    Aerospace Engineering
    University of Michigan

  226. Kate Craft permalink
    March 31, 2008 10:26 am

    Hi! This is a wonderful idea. I missed the LPSC meeting so it’s great to still hear about this through the Planetary Exploration Newsletter (if you’re interested in this see http://planetarynews.org/). It would be great to see a place that maybe we could post questions/concerns that women working in the field could give us advice on. I think that would be helpful to many of us. A way to network between students would be great too.

    Thanks a bunch!
    Kate – Georgia Tech Geophysics

  227. Kristin Block permalink
    March 19, 2008 12:47 pm

    Hi everyone. I’d actually like to see all of the above suggested topics on this page!

    And in keeping with the intro-type responses, I’m an MS student (recently switched from PhD) at The University of Arizona/LPL. Thanks to those who put this together!

    • August 21, 2010 4:32 pm

      Hi,

      I’m Aishwarya pursuing my final year B. E Geo-Informatics Engineering in India. I’m presently working in Planetary Remote Sensing. I would like to pursue my M.S in the same domain. Can someone suggest me a few universities which offer M.S in Planetary sciences, Typically i would like to research in Planetary atmospheres. Also I would be delighted to know about the summer internships 2011 in this field.

      Any suggestions can be highly helpful to me .

      Thank you,
      Aishwarya.

  228. Kate Coleman permalink
    March 14, 2008 4:24 pm

    Hi, I’m Kate Coleman, also from the Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences at the University of Arkansas. I thinks the website is a great idea. Thanks for getting this set up for us to use.

  229. Katie Bryson permalink
    March 12, 2008 7:48 pm

    I will follow up here then as well. Hi, my name is Katie Bryson, and am a graduate student in the Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences at the University of Arkansas. I like this website as well.

  230. March 12, 2008 5:28 pm

    Hello fellow graduate students! I thought I’d break the ice here; my name is Tanya Harrison and I’m a graduate student at Wesleyan University. I think this website is a wonderful idea, so thank you to those who created it.

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