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New in November

November 1, 2008

Something about the crisp Fall air always makes me optimistic.  It makes me think of new ideas, new approaches, and getting together with friends over a cup of hot cider.

We here at the blog live too far apart to just drop by, but I’d like to invite you all to an online open house.  Drop in on your coffee break now and then, tell us about an exciting opportunity or two, and come back later to see what else is opening up across the country (and the world!).

During the month of November, we’ll be making a special effort to publicize opportunities for planetary scientists, and we want you to help us find them.  Are you looking for a new postdoc?  Have you seen an open position announcement on another list?  Are you putting together a special session at a conference?  Is a space opening up on a mission team that you’re involved with, or is there a Participating Scientist opportunity on the horizon?

This is an opportunity for you to make a difference to another woman in the field, and to publicize your own open opportunities as well.

Send me your open position announcements, teaming opportunities, and conference announcements and I’ll post them during November!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. MummyCha permalink
    December 30, 2008 3:17 am

    I forgot to mention that you can find information on potential advisers, and the science research done at JPL in general, at

    All scientists are not represented on that website, but this is a start. You can also ask the program representatives on the JPL education website for further information. Same thing if you are interested in an internship focused on mission architecture, instrument development, navigation, etc.
    If you are a foreign national (no green card), you may not be eligible for some of the programs, and it may not be possible for you to participate in mission projects and technology-focused internshipa. If you have a green card, this should be possible in most cases.
    If you have questions, you can contact me at I will be happy to put you in touch with potential advisers or to give you some advice for choosing the right program, etc.

  2. MummyCha permalink
    December 30, 2008 3:03 am


    This is an update: the AOs for student internships at JPL have just been released. You can find information on the many programs at

    JPL welcomes hundreds of students, from high school to grad school every year. Most of the internships start mid-June for a six- to ten- week training periods. I think the application deadlines for most programs are in February, but you should get in touch with the programs representatives mentioned on that website for more details.

    Potential advisers have been asked to provide Announcements of Opportunities by mid-January. I will let you know where the AOs are going to be posted. I recommend to prospective interns to get in touch with potential advisers ahead of time. If you know someone at JPL you would like to work with, just contact her/him to make sure that she posts an AO of interest to you. It is possible for the same adviser to host several students.

    Good luck!

  3. MummyCha permalink
    November 3, 2008 6:33 pm


    This is a great idea! I have no special announcement to post for November, but in December I will forward the call for the various student programs available at JPL.

    Also, job openings at JPL can be found at and open positions at Caltech are posted on

    I am always available if people want information about JPL, Caltech, and Pasadena!


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