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Welcome to the Undergraduate Student section of the Women in Planetary Science Blog! This is a forum where undergraduate women pursuing careers in planetary science can share opportunities, ask questions, and have an open space to discuss issues that are pertinent to young women in this field. We will continually update the page with opportunities such as scholarships, internships and research programs. Women should feel free to contribute, asking questions and bringing up new topic points for discussion, we are here to support each other and make sure that we get the most out of our planetary passions!

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  1. September 6, 2016 9:28 pm

    PH. D. POSITIONS IN SOLAR SYSTEM SCIENCE
    International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science
    Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
    Gottingen, Germany

    https://dps.aas.org/content/phd-positions-solar-system-science-göttingen-germany-deadline-15-november-2016

  2. August 16, 2016 2:48 pm

    The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Geoscience Department is seeking applicants for its MS and PhD programs for Spring and Fall of 2017. Applications are due October 1, 2016 for spring 2017 and February 1, 2017 for fall 2017. More information can be found here about the department: https://geoscience.unlv.edu/ and the admissions process: https://geoscience.unlv.edu/academics/graduate-program/. For questions please contact the Graduate Admissions Coordinator Dr. Elisabeth Hausrath Elisabeth.Hausrath@unlv.edu.

  3. January 28, 2016 11:53 am

    Seeking Students to Participate in a New Research Project on Inclusive Geoscience Field Experiences: Are you interested in participating in both national and international field-based research? Current geoscience students are being recruited to participate in a new research project.

    Geoscience students with mobility disabilities are especially encouraged to participate!
    http://www.theiagd.org/GEOPATH/
    Application deadline Jan 31st

  4. January 18, 2016 8:35 am

    The Department of Astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin, in conjunction with McDonald Observatory is pleased to announce that it will host its first annual summer undergraduate research experience for undergraduate astronomy and/or physics students in the summer of 2016. TAURUS, or Texas Astronomy: University Research experience for Undergraduate Students, is a nine week program that will introduce undergraduate students to basics of astronomical research through individually designed projects and one-on-one mentorship.
    http://www.as.utexas.edu/~taurus/

  5. January 14, 2016 1:09 pm

    SUMMER INTERNSHIPS IN RADIO ASTRONOMY, SOLAR
    SYSTEM STUDIES & ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES
    ARECIBO OBSERVATORY

    http://dps.aas.org/content/summer-internships-radio-astronomy-solar-system-studies-atmospheric-sciences-arecibo

  6. January 3, 2016 11:08 am

    PH.D SCHOLARSHIP: MARS

    Fully funded 3-year Ph.D in ‘Aeolian Dune Field Dynamics on Mars’
    is available at the University of Ulster, UK.

    Details at:

    http://www.science.ulster.ac.uk/gradschool/environmental/

    Closing date: February 26th, 2016

  7. December 20, 2015 3:02 pm

    POSTDOC AT LIEGE UNIVERSITY, BELGIUM

    A two-year research contract will start in early 2016 at the Laboratoire
    de Physique Atmosphérique et Planétaire (Liège University, Belgium).
    We are looking for a postdoc to work on a new project on the Martian
    atmosphere in relation with the Mars Express and the upcoming
    TGO/EXOMARS ESA’s missions. The candidate should be familiar with
    analysis of optical observations related to emission and absorption of
    radiation in terrestrial planets’ atmospheres. If you know of researcher(s)
    who could be interested by this position, please contact JC Gerard
    (at jc.gerard at ulg.ac.be).

  8. December 1, 2015 9:21 am

    LLOYD V. BERKNER SPACE POLICY INTERNSHIPS – SUMMER 2016

    The goal of the Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internship is to provide
    promising students with the opportunity to work in the area of civil
    space research policy in the nation’s capital, under the aegis of the
    Space Science Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering,
    and Medicine. The summer 2016 program is only open to undergraduates.
    The deadline for applications is February 5. Candidate(s) selected for
    will be contacted no later than March 4. Additional information about
    the program, including application procedure, can be found at:

    http://sites.nationalacademies.org/SSB/ssb_052239

  9. December 1, 2015 9:11 am

    The department of Earth Systems Analysis, ITC Netherlands, has a PhD position in TIR spectroscopy at the moment. We invite applications for a fully-funded 4-year PhD position to study the Influence of geologic sample surfaces on TIR spectroscopy.
    The research is going to study sample preparation, sample orientation as well as crystallographic orientations in the sample, and their influences on TIR spectroscopic results.
    Interested candidates are invited to apply before January 1st 2016. The selection criteria and the employment conditions as well as instructions on how to apply can be found here:
    https://www.utwente.nl/en/organization/careers/vacancies/!/vacature/563832

    PhD’s (2) on climate extremes and hazards
    https://www.utwente.nl/en/organization/careers/vacancies/!/vacature/563593
    https://www.utwente.nl/en/organization/careers/vacancies/!/vacature/563675

    PhD post disaster mapping
    https://www.utwente.nl/en/organization/careers/vacancies/!/vacature/563659

  10. October 28, 2015 11:42 am

    MS and PhD student opportunities in volcano seismo-acoustics at the University of California, Santa Barbara
    From: Robin Matoza
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    The Department of Earth Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara is accepting applications to the graduate geophysics program in the areas of volcano seismology, infrasound, and seismo-acoustics to begin Fall 2016. Research will involve the collection, analysis, and data-driven modeling of seismic and acoustic waveform datasets at multiple volcanoes. Successful applicants will be guaranteed 5 years (PhD) and 2 years (MS) of support through TA and research activities, contingent on satisfactory progress. For more information and to discuss potential projects, please contact Prof. Robin Matoza (matoza@geol.ucsb.edu). The application deadline is 3 January.
    http://www.geol.ucsb.edu/education/graduate/admissions

  11. October 26, 2015 10:44 am

    MS student opportunity at Central Washington University – ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism
    From: Chris Mattinson
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    Hi all,

    I am seeking good students for NSF-funded MS work on ultrahigh-pressure eclogites from North Qaidam, western China. The research will involve zircon U-Pb geochronology + trace element analysis, P-T estimation using combined trace element (Zr-in-rutile thermometer), thermodynamic modeling, and conventional approaches, and trace element analyses of major minerals to connect P-T to age. Please encourage students with a strong interest and background in petrology and tectonics to apply to CWU (Feb. 1 application deadline); interested students should contact me for more information (mattinson@geology.cwu.edu). I will be at GSA this year and would be happy to meet with interested students.

    Best regards,
    Chris

  12. October 9, 2015 11:45 am

    LPI Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science
    Application Deadline: January 8, 2016

    The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invites undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit to experience cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences.

    The deadline for application is January 8, 2016.

    Summer interns will work one-on-one with a scientist at the LPI or at the NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in lunar and planetary science. Furthermore, they will participate in peer-reviewed research, learn from top-notch planetary scientists, and preview various careers in science.

    The 10-week program begins June 6, 2016, and ends on August 12, 2016. Selected students will receive a $5675.00 stipend; in addition, U.S. students will receive a $1000.00 travel stipend, and foreign nationals will receive a $1500.00 foreign travel reimbursement.

    Applications are only accepted via the electronic application form found at the LPI’s intern website:

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

  13. September 24, 2015 2:42 pm

    The Blue Marble undergraduate essay contest for 2015 is nearing a close, with submissions due this September 30th. See details below and at http://www.bmsis.org/essaycontest.
    Undergrad and passionate about space exploration? Give it a shot!

    Mars is on the horizon for future space explorers, with national space agencies as well as private corporations making plans to send humans to the red planet in the coming decades. Meanwhile, remote exploration of Mercury, Venus, and the asteroid belt continues to escalate, which provides insight into the history and resources of the inner solar system. Our planetary neighbors are closer to our reach than ever before, but the long-term exploration of space remains expensive, risky, and uncertain.
    The Blue Marble Space Institute of Science invites undergraduate students to address this theme by responding to the question: How can human civilization develop a successful strategy for the sustained exploration of the inner solar system for the next 200 years? The purpose of the essay contest is to stimulate creative thinking that explores how human space exploration will affect humanity’s future.
    We invite essays from undergraduate students between the ages of 18 to 30. To be eligible, each applicant must have been enrolled in a degree program at a qualified educational institution (2-year or 4-year college/university) in at least one term during the 2015 calendar year. Applicants should limit their essays to 1500 words or less. The deadline for essay submission is 30 September 2015 at 5:00 PM US Pacific time. Essays will be assessed based on scientific accuracy, originality, and writing style.
    The author of the winning essay will receive a $500 prize and will be invited to present his or her ideas in an episode of the “BlueSciCon” podcast series as well as lead a discussion on SAGANet.org. The winning essay will also be considered for publication in a scientific journal or magazine with a commentary by an acclaimed journalist and author. Two honorable mention prizes of $200 each will also be awarded.
    Essays will be judged by an expert panel of BMSIS research scientists as well as a group of outside judges of esteemed scientists and writers. Essay winners will be announced on 17 December 2015.
    Submit your essay to: essaycontest@bmsis.org

  14. September 18, 2015 11:20 am

    https://www.usajobs.gov
    position GS15I0013

    Second position at Goddard’s Wallops Flight Facility, VA.
    https://www.usajobs.gov
    position GS15I0014

    * Note the positions will be listed for business and related majors and will not be visible until Sept 21.

    General position description: NASA invites students working towards degrees in journalism, communications, media relations, science/technology writing, interactive media, or broadcast journalism, to participate in our science storytelling program – before you graduate. You’ll gain on the job experience as you work with a leading team of writers and multimedia producers to create and share content from some of NASA’s most exciting missions: mind-blowing results from the Hubble Space Telescope; breaking solar storm news and the emerging field of space weather; new views of the moon from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter; and stories of our changing planet from NASA’s Earth observing fleet of satellites. Our internships are designed to give students broad exposure to the many moving parts of our busy newsroom. Students wishing to explore the intersection between print, web, broadcast journalism and social media environments are particularly encouraged to apply.

    Duties: Writing, editing, pitching, recording, creating, crunching, captioning, surfing, shooting, feeding, porting, posting, designing, updating, networking, texting, tweeting, tracking, designing, building, playing, mashing, and exploring. Students will service as reporters and will collaborate on sophisticated communications campaigns as they create signature content such as web features, press releases, newsletter articles, press conferences, media interviews, social media events, satellite media tours, and video news releases.

    About the Pathways Program: The NASA Pathways Intern Program provides students with the opportunity to explore NASA careers and gain meaningful developmental work experience. The Goddard Space Flight Center’s Pathways Intern Program uses a cooperative education model — a work/study program where students can gain valuable work experience while completing your degree requirements.

    How to Apply: One of the unusual things about this position is it is a federal position and requires application through USA jobs. You basically fill out an online form and attach your resume. These slots are listed as “business student trainee” and are part of a group of student positions. Note detailed descriptions of the work are not posted on the site. To apply, follow the link, carefully check out the requirements (e.g. must maintain GPA of 2.9 on 4.0 scale), fill out the online form and upload your resume. For best consideration, please make sure to include detailed information about (and links to) your relevant work. If you are not familiar with the USA jobs site, give yourself a couple of hours to fill out the application. Don’t wait till the last minute.

  15. August 31, 2015 12:15 pm

    PhD Position at the DLR in Germany – Evaluating new spectral analysis techniques to study the hot surface of Mercury with MERTIS on BepiColombo

    https://www.daad.de/medien/deutschland/stipendien/formulare/233_dlr-daad_mertis_phd_2015.pdf

  16. August 23, 2015 8:58 pm

    PHD POSITION ON UV EFFECTS ON CARBON IN METEORITES

    A 4-year PhD position is open at the Institute of Marine and
    Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU) and the Department of Earth
    Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. The goal is to
    investigate the full life cycle of meteoritic carbon under irradiation
    with high energy UV light. Measurements will be carried out using
    analytical techniques including NanoSIMS, SEM, CRDS, IRMS and other
    gas chromatographic techniques. Therefore the project requires a
    scientist with extraordinary experimental skills and interest and the
    capabilities to evaluate and interpret the results from multiple
    different analytical instruments.

    Apply at:
    http://www.peoplexs.com/Peoplexs22/CandidatesPortalNoLogin/Vacancy.cfm
    ?PortalID=4124&VacatureID=759084

    Qualifications:
    – MSc degree in physics, chemistry or geosciences
    – Fluent in English
    – Particular interest and skills in experimental work
    – Experience in data analysis
    – Strong interest in astrobiology and/or meteorites.

    Offer:
    – Full-time 4-year position at IMAU.
    – Salary 2,125-2,717 Euro/month.
    – Holiday bonus 8%; end-of-year bonus of 8.3% per year. Pension
    scheme, partially paid parental leave, flexible employment
    conditions.

    Application deadline:
    September 15, 2015

    More information:
    Prof. Dr Thomas Röckmann (T.Roeckmann at uu.nl) or Dr. Inge Loes ten Kate
    (i.l.tenkate at uu.nl)

  17. August 23, 2015 8:57 pm

    PHD POSITION IN PLANETARY SCIENCE – VU UNIVERSITY AMSTERDAM

    The Department of Earth and Life Sciences at VU University Amsterdam,
    is offering a fully funded four-year PhD studentship focused on
    providing new constraints on the structure and evolution of the crust
    of Mars. 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 University of Lyon, the University of Toulouse
    and at the IPGP (Institut de Physique du Globe) in Paris, France.
    Candidates need to have completed a MSc degree in the field of
    planetary science, physics, geophysics, geology, or similar relevant
    field. There is no constrain on citizenship, all applications are
    welcomed.

    More information can be found here:

    https://www.vu.nl/en/employment/vacancies/2015/15232.asp

    Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Prof. Gareth Davies,
    Prof. Wim van Westrenen and Dr. Jessica Flahaut for additional
    information (e-mails: g.r.davies at vu.nl; w.van.westrenen@vu.nl;
    jessica.flahaut@ens-lyon.org). To apply, email the department’s
    secretary Mrs. Fenny Bosse (f.bosse at vu.nl) with the subject “Vacancy
    #15232”. Please provide a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact
    information of at least two references. Deadline for applications is
    September 30, 2015.

  18. July 28, 2015 8:28 am

    PHD STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI

    A 4-year PhD position in impact modeling is open at the Department of
    Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland as a part of the Academy of
    Finland funded project entitled: “Composition of dark asteroids – are
    asteroid collisions responsible for observed compositional mismatch in
    main asteroid belt?Ӭ

    Requirements:

    – MSc or equivalent in geology, (geo)physics, or planetary science no
    later than September 1, 2015.
    – Fluent English.
    – Previous numerical modeling experience.
    – Experience with impact modeling and knowledge of iSALE code is an
    advantage.

    Benefits:

    – Work in a young enthusiastic team at one of the leading Nordic
    universities.
    – Opportunity to conduct state-of-art research in planetary science.
    – Full social benefits according to the Finnish social care system.
    – Salary in the range of EUR 2500-2900.

    How to apply:

    Send the following items to PI Tomas Kohout (tomas.kohout at helsinki.fi)
    no later than August 2, 2015:
    – Motivation letter describing your research interests and previous
    study/research history.
    – CV and publication list.
    – Copy of MSc thesis and MSc diploma.

    Successful candidate will be informed latest August 6. The appointment
    will start on September 1, 2015.

  19. June 8, 2015 2:31 pm

    2016 Vatican Observatory Summer School in Castel Gandolfo is focused on Water in the Solar System and Beyond, and is aimed at upper-level undergraduates and “early” graduate students. Applications due late October.

    http://www.vaticanobservatory.va/content/specolavaticana/en/summer-schools–voss-/voss2016.html

  20. May 31, 2015 8:32 am

    STUDENT TRAVEL GRANTS FOR IAU IN HONOLULU, HI

    The SETI Institute, with support of the NASA Astrobiology Institute,
    offers travel grants for undergraduate and graduate students to attend
    the IAU 2015 meeting in Honolulu, HI. Awards limited to students
    making oral or poster presentations on themes related to the search
    for life in the universe: astrobiology, exoplanets, planetary systems,
    and bioastronomy. To apply, go to:

    http://www.seti.org/seti-institute/forms/iauaas-student-travel-grant-application

    Deadline: June 15, 2015.

  21. May 12, 2015 3:32 pm

    Student Opportunity: Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internship 2015

    Berkner Autumn Program 2015 (Undergraduate and Graduate Students)
    – Application Deadline: June 5, 2015

    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 and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. The autumn program is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Candidate(s) selected for the summer and autumn programs will be contacted no later than 3 July, respectively. Additional information about the program, including application procedure, can be found at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/SSB/ssb_052239.

  22. May 11, 2015 3:49 pm

    USRA is now accepting applications for the 2015 USRA Undergraduate Scholarship Awards.

    These are awards made to undergraduate students who have shown a career interest in science or engineering with an emphasis on space research or space science education. These Scholarship Awards have been established to honor individuals who have made contributions to science, the US Space Program, and to the education of young scientists and engineers in space science related fields.

    Up to four Scholarship Awards are available in amounts of $2000 each. Awards are for one year only, but recipients may re-apply for a second year. All scholarship awards will be paid directly to the recipients. Applicants must be undergraduates within two years of receiving a B.S. in a field of science and engineering, including life science and science education, by the time the award is received in the Fall of 2015.

    Additional information and a link to the online application form are available at http://www.usra.edu/about/outreach/scholarship/.

    Applications for Fall 2015 Awards will be accepted up until July 31, 2015.

  23. April 27, 2015 8:59 am

    SUMMER INTERNSHIP: MERCURY GEOLOGICAL MAPPING

    The Space Exploration Sector at the Johns Hopkins University’s Applied
    Physics Laboratory in Maryland is a world-class center of planetary and
    space research and robotic space exploration. We are seeking a student
    intern to help with a Mercury global mapping project this summer, using
    MESSENGER data. The successful candidate must be a self-starter with
    excellent ArcGIS mapping skills.

    Program details:
    – 10 week summer program (June 1 – August 8, 2015)
    – Candidate requirements:
    * GPA of 3.0 or above
    * US Citizenship
    * Must be a sophomore, junior, senior, or first or second year
    graduate student as of Fall 2015
    – Students will receive a stipend and will be provided with housing and
    meals for the duration of the program.

    This is a short-notice opportunity – if interested, please send the
    following NO LATER THAN 12 noon EST, Wednesday, April 29, 2015 to
    Dr. Louise Prockter at Louise.Prockter at jhuapl.edu:

    (1) a resume
    (2) a one-paragraph summary describing your qualifications and why you
    would like the position
    (3) a contact phone number

    We need to fill this position by April 30.

  24. April 15, 2015 12:18 pm

    PhD fellowship available in the field of the origin of planetary systems: “Investigating the formation conditions of Jupiter’s satellites in the context of the ESA L-class mission JUICE”

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    Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD fellowship based jointly at the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille (Aix-Marseille University, France), the Physikalisches Institute (Universität Bern, Switzerland) and the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (University of Paris 7, France). The position comes with a full salary and social security benefits for the duration of the fellowship, funded by Aix-Marseille University. There will also be funds available for travel and computing.

    The position is available immediately, but the start date can be extended to 15 October 2015 at the latest. Interested candidates are invited to apply by sending i) a one-page statement on their scientific interests and research experience, ii) a curriculum vitae and iii) a copy of academic transcripts to the email address olivier.mousis@lam.fr. Letters of recommendations are also welcome.

    The review of applications will begin on 1 April 2015, but late applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    Supervisors: Prof. Olivier Mousis (Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille/Aix-Marseille University), Prof. Peter Wurz (Physikalisches Institute/Universität Bern), Prof. Sébastien Charnoz (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris /University of Paris 7), Dr. Pierre Vernazza (CNRS Researcher – Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille/Aix-Marseille University).

    General Scientific Background: the JUICE mission has been selected in late 2013 by the European Space Agency as the next major exploration mission of the outer solar system. Because the launch of the JUICE mission is planned in 2022, the ESA member states, whose experiences have been selected as part of the payload, now initiate important collaborations to carry out their instrument developments. JUICE will aim to explore the system of Jupiter and its satellites to provide constraints on its formation conditions. In this context, we have established a collaboration centered around the instrument PEP (Particle Environment Package, Co-P.I. Peter Wurz) with the objective to determine i) the chemical composition of the volatile species and their abundances in the exospheres of satellites and ii) the isotopes of the main molecules. These data allow to infer the conditions of formation of these objects.

    Objectives of the thesis: We propose a thesis based on numerical modeling and whose aim is to compel the formation conditions of Jupiter’s moons via the supply of observational tests that will be measurable via mass spectrometry aboard JUICE. The origin of Jupiter’s moons, discovered by Galileo in 1610, still remains unknown. For example, we still don’t know if these satellites accreted from planetesimals condensed in the accretion disk (subnebula) formed around Jupiter during the last phase of its growth, or if they simply originate from the primitive nebula. The work will then consist in using existing numerical codes to mimic the thermodynamic conditions that would have happened in a subnebula from which the satellites of Jupiter have potentially formed. Once the subnebula model will be constructed, the equilibrium and non-equilibrium gas phase chemistries will be investigated in this environment to obtain constraints on the composition of planetesimals from which the satellites of Jupiter may have agglomerated. This work will be then used to calibrate the specifications of the mass spectrometer in the construction phase for JUICE to perform the critical measurements that will allow disentangling between the different scenarios. The PhD student will benefit from the expertise of Prof. Olivier Mousis and Prof. Sébastien Charnoz for modeling the appropriated thermodynamic, chemical and dynamical conditions in the Jovian subnebula and of Dr. Pierre Vernazza for the study of the origin of refractory materials in satellites. The PhD student will also interact closely with Prof. Peter Wurz to participate in the development of the specifications of the mass spectrometer of Bern and to devise the measurement objectives.

    Skills: The proposed topic includes an important modeling component. Good computer skills (FORTRAN programming, using UNIX shells, IDL for data processing, etc) are necessary. Candidate must have strong knowledge in thermodynamics, physics and numerical modeling. The work will be placed among collaborations in an international environment, so a good knowledge of English is required.

  25. April 2, 2015 1:12 pm

    Hampton University Dept. of Atmospheric and Planetary Science and NASA Exoplanet Systems Science (NExSS) seek energetic explorers looking to conduct cutting-edge research into the past, present and future of planetary atmospheres while pursuing advanced degrees (MS and PhD) in Planetary Science. Successful applicants (rolling deadline until June 1) will join the Living, Breathing Planet team which includes four university partners, NASA, and the National Institute of Aerospace. Our goal is to understand how planets interact with the space environment and parent stars to develop or lose habitable atmospheres over time. As part of NExSS, we are one of sixteen teams building the future of exoplanet studies, and you can be a part of that future. More information and application instructions at
    http://sol.hamptonu.edu/?project=the-living-breathing-planet

    Any interested student should contact the following faculty members:
    Bill Moore
    Kunio Sayanagi
    Nicholas Gray Heavens

  26. April 1, 2015 12:07 pm

    yearly announcement of a competitive opportunity for US students to work at the SCF_Lab on Satellite / Lunar Laser Ranging (SLR/LLR), as well as other laser ranging applications to the whole solar system.

    The deadline is May 3. In the past we hosted students from Colorado School of Mines and UC Berkeley.

    The relevant web pages site for the 2015 summer student internship (DoE-INFN program) at INFN-LNF are:

    1) http://www.lnf.infn.it/summer_student/: info on our SLR/LLR activities (ETRUSCO-GMES and MoonLIGHT-2 experiments @SCF_Lab)

    2) http://web2.infn.it/DOE-INFN-SSEP/ info on how to apply.

    If you have interested candidates please encourage to them to apply for the ETRUSCO-GMES and MoonLIGHT-2 experiments.

    The SCF_Lab website is: http://www.lnf.infn.it/esperimenti/etrusco/
    A descriptive brochure is: http://www.lnf.infn.it/esperimenti/etrusco/documentation/Brochure.pdf

    INFN is an Affiliate Partner of NASA-SSERVI. SCF_Lab activities are carried out also in collaboration with several US institutions.

    The SCF_Lab will host the 3rd European Lunar Symposium (ELS) on May 12-14: http://els2015.arc.nasa.gov

  27. March 23, 2015 10:42 pm

    The Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the first 2015 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 Spring 2015 Travel Grant application deadline is April 1, 2015. 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

  28. March 23, 2015 3:39 pm

    PhD Studentship in Laboratory Astrochemistry at UCL

    A fully-funded STFC PhD studentship in Laboratory Astrochemistry is available at UCL in the group of Professor Stephen Price. The proposal was funded as part of a successful consortium proposal in Laboratory Astrochemistry with the University of Sussex (Professor Wendy Brown) and Heriot-Watt University (Professor Martin McCoustra).

    The studentship is funded for 36 months and must start by 1 October 2015, but could begin earlier.

    The project will involve studying the surface reactions of atoms (e.g. H, O, N) with molecules at low temperatures (down to 15 K). These laboratory experiments aim to reveal and characterize the chemistry that is processing molecules on the surface of the dust grains in interstellar clouds. In recent years it has become apparent that such surface chemistry, in addition to gas-phase chemistry, in these interstellar environments plays an important role in synthesizing several of the molecules observed in the interstellar medium; see, for example, Faraday Discuss., (2014), 168, 9 [DOI: 10.1039/c4fd00140k].

    The studentship is open to all UK/EU resident students holding, or hoping to achieve, a First or Upper Second Class Masters in Chemistry, Physics or related disciplines before 1st September 2015. For such students the award will cover both UCL’s fees and provide a stipend of approximately £16,000 pa.

    For further information, or to start the application process, please contact Prof Stephen Price at UCL Chemistry:

    s.d.price at ucl.ac.uk

    http://www.ucl.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/academic_pages/stephen_price

  29. March 2, 2015 4:49 pm

    Education intern position – Maria Mitchell Association in Nantucket, MA:

    http://www.mariamitchell.org/get-involved/internships/education-internship/astronomy-education-instructor
    The deadline for applying is March 30th.

  30. February 22, 2015 5:30 pm

    PHD POSITION IN PLANETARY SCIENCE – MUENSTER UNIVERSITY

    The Institut fur Planetologie (IfP) at the Westfalische Wilhelms-
    Universitat Munster, is offering a three-year PhD position focused on
    the development of a database of planetary image data. Candidates need
    to have completed a MSc degree in the field of planetary science,
    geosciences, geoinformatics/geoinformation, geography, geology, or
    similar relevant fields. Starting date is June 1, 2015. There is no
    constraint on citizenship; all applications are welcome.

    More information can be found at:

    http://www.uni-muenster.de/imperia/md/content/planetology/news/
    announcement_phd_position.pdf

    http://www.uni-muenster.de/Rektorat/Stellen/ausschreibungen/
    st_20151702_sk3.html

    To apply, please send an email to Prof. Dr. Hiesinger
    (hiesinger at uni-muenster.de) with the subject “Vacancy DATABASE IFP”.

    Please provide a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact
    information of three references.

    If you have any questions, follow the links above, or directly
    contact Prof. Dr. Hiesinger (hiesinger at uni-muenster.de) or
    Dr. Erkeling (gino.erkeling at uni-muenster.de).

    Deadline for applications is March 06, 2015.

  31. February 11, 2015 9:31 am

    2015 LPSC Undergraduate Presenter’s Travel Stipend
    The Lunar and Planetary Institute invites undergraduate students presenting at the 2015 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference to apply for a travel stipend up to the amount of $500. Applicants must be 1) a current undergraduate student, 2) the first author on the abstract they are presenting (oral or poster), and 3) a U.S. citizen. Other eligibility requirements apply. Students presenting for the first time at a professional conference are encouraged to apply. These stipends are funded through the former NASA SMD Year of the Solar System Undergraduate Research Conference program.

    Interested students must complete the online application at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015UGTraStip. Along with the online application, a brief letter of recommendation (no more than one page) is required from an applicant’s academic/research advisor. Letters of recommendation should be on department/university letterhead and emailed to Andy Shaner at shaner@lpi.usra.edu.

    The online application closes at 5:00 pm Central Time, February 27, 2015. Letters of recommendation are also due February 27, 2015. Selected applicants will be notified no later than March 6, 2015. If you have questions, or would like more information, please contact Andy Shaner at 281-486-2163 or shaner@lpi.usra.edu.

  32. January 25, 2015 11:41 am

    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. Details are
    available at:

    http://aplnasaintern.jhuapl.edu

    The application deadline is February 28, 2015.

  33. January 25, 2015 11:38 am

    The Mineralogical Society of America announces the 2016 Grants for Student
    Research in Mineralogy and Petrology.

    The Grants for Student Research in Mineralogy and Petrology are funded by
    an endowment created by contributions from the MSA membership. The grant
    comprises two awards of up to $5,000 each for research in mineralogy and
    petrology. Students, including graduate and undergraduate students, are
    encouraged to apply. However, all proposals are considered together. The
    award selection will be based on the qualifications of the applicant, the
    quality, innovativeness, and scientific significance of the research, and
    the likelihood of success of the project. Applicants may not apply for both
    this and the MSA Grant for Research in Crystallography in the same year.
    The grant is for research-related expenses only.

    Proposal submissions for the grant are to be made online. Further
    information and application form are available at

    http://www.minsocam.org/MSA/Awards/Min_Pet_Award.html

    Completed applications must be returned to the MSA Business Office by June
    1, 2015.

  34. January 2, 2015 3:05 pm

    ** Intern Program Deadlines Approaching! **

    2015 LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science
    Application Deadline: Friday, January 9, 2015
    http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lpiintern

    2015 Exploration Science Summer Intern Program
    Application Deadline: Friday, January 23, 2015
    http://www.lpi.usra.edu/exploration_intern/

  35. October 26, 2014 2:18 pm

    Ph.D. Opportunities in Molecular Geomicrobiology at Michigan State University

    Application Deadline December 1, 2014

    Ph.D. opportunities are available in the molecular geomicrobiology of the deep biosphere in the lab of Matt Schrenk at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI). The research involves the characterization of microbial ecosystems associated with hydrogen and methane-rich groundwaters and involves multi-disciplinary, international research collaborations. Projects focus on advancing our understanding of the ecology and evolution of microbial communities in the deep biosphere using both molecular and cultivation-based approaches. Research combines bioinformatics analyses of (meta-)genomic and transcriptomic data with field work and laboratory characterization of novel extremophiles. Appropriate applicants with a background in Biology, Earth Sciences, Oceanography, or related disciplines are encouraged to apply. For more information, please see: http://www.schrenklab.com.

    Please contact Matt Schrenk (schrenkm at msu.edu) for further information.

  36. October 12, 2014 5:20 pm

    FULLY FUNDED PHD POSITION IN LUNAR SCIENCE – VU UNIVERSITY AMSTERDAM

    The Department of Earth Sciences at 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.
    The studentship is funded by an NWO User Support Programme Space
    Research grant. You will collaborate with researchers at ESA’s ESTEC
    (European Space Research and Technology Centre) in Noordwijk
    (Netherlands) and at the IPGP (Institut de Physique du Globe) in
    Paris. Candidates need to have completed a MSc degree in the field of
    planetary science, physics, geophysics, geology, or similar relevant
    field. Starting date is negotiable, preferably no later than January
    2015. There is no constraint on citizenship; all applications are
    welcomed.

    More information can be found at:

    http://www.vu.nl/en/employment/vacancies/2014/072.asp

    Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Prof. dr. Wim van
    Westrenen and Dr. Jessica Flahaut for additional information
    (w.van.westrenen at vu.nl; j.d.flahaut at vu.nl).

    To apply, email Mrs. Fenny Bosse (f.bosse at vu.nl) with the subject
    “Vacancy #14320”. Please provide a cover letter, CV, and the names and
    contact information of at least three references.

    Deadline for applications is October 30, 2014.

  37. October 10, 2014 5:27 pm

    Applications Now Being Accepted for
    2015 LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science
    Application Deadline: January 9, 2015
    http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lpiintern

  38. October 2, 2014 5:13 pm

    Apple Scholarships for underrepresented minorities in STEM
    http://www.apple.com/jobs/us/students.html

  39. May 7, 2014 10:49 am

    Opportunities for internships at the American Geophysical Union this summer! We are located in Washington, DC- a great place to network and spend a summer. Specifically, I am looking for an intern to help shape new student programs for Fall Meeting 2014. If you’ve ever thought, “I have a great idea for Fall Meeting,” here’s your chance to help create new initiatives and programs!

    Description of Summer Internship for the Science Department
    https://rew12.ultipro.com/AME1056/JobBoard/JobDetails.aspx?__ID=*143EF5BDF89ADF39

    Other Internships at AGU
    https://rew12.ultipro.com/AME1056/JobBoard/ListJobs.aspx?__vt=ExtCan

  40. lovenstars permalink
    April 2, 2014 6:20 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

  41. March 23, 2014 9:20 pm

    POSTGRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES IN PLANETARY GEOMORPHOLOGY

    Postgraduate opportunities in planetary geomorphology (aeolian, rock
    breakdown) are available at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

    Initial deadline is April 6th, 2014. Details are available at:

    http://earthandplanetary.wordpress.com/graduate-opportunities/

  42. March 11, 2014 11:22 am

    The RIS4E node of NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute
    has positions open for 5 undergraduate summer interns. Positions are
    available at Stony Brook University, the American Museum of Natural
    History, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Winnipeg. The
    internships pay a lump sum $8000 stipend for the summer. The application
    deadline is March 31, and we’re hoping to notify successful applicants in
    early April, so please let your students know about this opportunity right
    away. Details can be found at
    https://ris4e.labs.stonybrook.edu/jobs/.

  43. March 4, 2014 8:47 am

    From the AstroBetter blog:
    As one of the co-ordinators of the Astropy project, I am very happy to announce that Astropy will be participating in the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2014 edition! For anyone not familiar with GSoC, it is a program that allows students around the world to spend three months during the summer contributing to an open source project on a full-time basis (the students receive a generous $5,500 stipend from Google for their work). As last year, Astropy is participating in GSoC as a sub-organization in the Python Software Foundation organization. Last year we were able to accept two students to work on Astropy and we will hopefully be able to also take on at least two students this year!

    http://www.astrobetter.com/astropy-gsoc2014/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AstroBetter+%28AstroBetter%29

  44. February 2, 2014 9:04 pm

    Undergraduate Essay Contest on Preparing for the Distant Future of Civilization
    Application Deadline: April 22
    The Blue Marble Space Institute of Science invites participants to address this theme by responding to the question: In the next 100 years, how can human civilization prepare for the longterm changes to the Earth system that will occur over the coming millennium? The purpose of the essay contest is to stimulate creative thinking relating to space exploration and global issues by exploring how changes in the Earth system will affect humanity’s future.
    The author of the winning essay will receive a $500 prize and will be invited to present his or her ideas in an episode of the Beer with BMSIS podcast series. The winning essay will also be considered for publication in the journal Astrobiology with a commentary by journalist and author Lee Billings. Two honorable mention prizes of $200 each will also be awarded.
    Visit http://www.bmsis.org/essaycontest/ for more details.

  45. January 17, 2014 5:10 pm

    For the fourth consecutive year, the NASA-sponsored Undergraduate Research Conference will take place Sunday, March 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in conjunction with LPSC 2014 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

    More info and submit an indication of interest by Feb. 7th:
    https://www.lpi.usra.edu/meeting_portal/iofi/index.cfm?mtg=yssurc2014

    Submit abstract by Feb. 21st
    https://www.lpi.usra.edu/meeting_portal/abstract_submission/?mtg=474

  46. January 10, 2014 3:17 pm

    Undergraduate Interns for NASA History Program Office
    From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

    Undergraduate and graduate students of all majors are encouraged to apply for a summer or fall 2014 internship at the NASA History Program Office. Students would answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, educators, scholars, students, and others from around the world about the archival materials maintained at the History Program Office. Detailed prior knowledge of the aeronautics and space fields is not necessary. However, some basic familiarity and a keen interest with these topics are needed. Students need to have strong research, writing, and editing skills and should have experience with social media. The intern projects are flexible. A typical project may include one or more of the following:
    – handling information requests
    – conducting research
    – writing biographical sketches
    – identifying and captioning photos
    – writing posts for the NASA history twitter
    – writing posts for NASA history Facebook pages
    – editing historical manuscripts

    Applications are due Feb. 4 for summer internships and June 1 for fall internships. For more information, please see

    http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm

  47. January 10, 2014 3:16 pm

    LPI Summer Internship for Undergraduates

    The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invites undergraduates to apply for a summer internship (June 2 through August 8, 2014) where he/she will work one-on-one with a scientist at LPI or at NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in lunar and planetary science. Students need to have at least 0 semester hours of credit to participate. Interns will receive a stipend plus travel support. Application deadline is Janurary 17. To apply, please see:

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

  48. 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.

  49. 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/

  50. November 8, 2013 12:01 pm

    APS Minority Scholarships -From: WIPHYS, November 7, 2013

    Applications are being accepted for the American Physical Society (APS) Minority Scholarships! Undergrad physics majors need to apply by February 7, 2014. Please see

    http://go.aps.org/vVc8Gm

    • January 10, 2014 3:18 pm

      more info:
      APS/IBM Research Internships for Undergraduate Women
      From: WIPHYS, December 20, 2013

      Application deadline is February 1* for the APS and IBM co-sponsored two undergraduate research internship programs. One of the programs is for undergraduate women and another is for underrepresented minorities (African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans). A goal of the programs is to encourage women to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering. Both internship programs feature salaried positions at IBM research locations that are typically 10 weeks long and provide an opportunity for interns to work closely with an IBM mentor. The undergraduate women internships are at one of three IBM research locations (San Jose, CA, Austin, TX, or Yorktown Heights, NY). The research internships for underrepresented minorities are at IBM Almaden in San Jose, CA.

      To learn more, please see
      Women’s Internships: http://www.aps.org/programs/women/scholarships/ibm/index.cfm
      Underrepresented Minorities Internships: http://www.almaden.ibm.com/almaden/diversity/

  51. October 30, 2013 3:59 pm

    Applications Now Being Accepted for
    2014 LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science
    Application Deadline: January 17, 2014
    http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lpiintern

  52. Emily permalink
    October 18, 2013 9:55 am

    I am looking for a study abroad opportunity for undergraduate students for international space policy and law. Is there anything available out there? I’m international relations and Spanish so not very science oriented.

    • November 10, 2013 8:55 am

      Hi Emily, Sorry for the late reply, maybe you have already found the info you are looking for… I don’t know of any specific study abroad for undergrads – by I do know someone who went to the International Space University and did a masters in space policy, and George Washington Uni. in DC also has a masters program. I know the latter isn’t abroad, but that might be a good place to start and ask questions!

  53. September 23, 2013 9:30 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

  54. August 22, 2013 10:48 pm

    Interested in beginning degree program. how physically challenging is this field? I am currently working 11pm to 7 am, so nights are not a problem, but have arthritis, and won’t be able to do what I have been for much longer. Great interest in this field, and believe i have high aptitude for it. Also curious about avg. payscale. Make @ $90,000/yr. now.

  55. 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

  56. May 15, 2013 11:36 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

  57. ishita permalink
    May 10, 2013 12:21 am

    antiagingfoodsarticles.com
    This is a forum where undergraduate women pursuing careers in planetary science can share opportunities, ask questions, and have an open space to discuss issues that are pertinent to young women in this field.

  58. May 8, 2013 11:23 am

    USRA is accepting applications this summer for the 2013 USRA Undergraduate Scholarship Awards.
    -These are awards made to undergraduate students who have shown a career interest in science or engineering with an emphasis on space research or space science education.
    – Additional information and a Scholarship Award Information Packet containing an application form are available at http://www.usra.edu/about/outreach/scholarship.
    – Applications for Fall 2013 Awards will be accepted up until Aug 1, 2013.

  59. April 16, 2013 1:16 pm

    Help Wanted: Web Editor Intern
    The Planetary Society is looking for a bright, motivated college student with superb attentiveness to detail who wants hands-on web editing experience.

    It is a paid position for about 10 hours a week, the work to be done remotely and to be split over at least two days in the week. (The job cannot be done only on weekends.) Work is available immediately and runs through September 2013, with the possibility of renewal after that.
    More details at: http://www.planetary.org/about/help-wanted-web-editor-intern.html

  60. April 9, 2013 9:52 pm

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  61. 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

  62. February 17, 2013 4:22 pm

    PH.D. PROJECTS IN EARTH AND PLANETARY GEOMORPHOLOGY, TRINITY COLLEGE,
    UK

    There are several Ph.D. projects in Earth and Planetary Geomorphology
    available at the Department of Geography, Trinity College, Dublin,
    Ireland. These include:

    Aeolian Dynamics on Mars
    Rock Breakdown on Mars
    Carbon Dioxide as a Geomorphic Process on Mars
    Moisture and Salinity Cycling on Aeolian Dunes, Namibia
    Fluvial Geomorphology and Flood History in Irish Landscapes

    Please bring these opportunities to the attention of your talented
    students. For more information, see:

    http://www.tcd.ie/Geography/research/gradprojects/MB2.php

  63. 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/

  64. January 31, 2013 11:54 am

    Applications for the 2013 CSNR Summer Fellowship Program are now being accepted.

    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 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.

    The roughly 10-week program runs from May 2013 to August 2013.
    http://csnr.usra.edu/public/default.cfm?content=347

  65. January 27, 2013 9:21 pm

    NASA Pathways Intern Employment Program (IEP)
    http://nasajobs.nasa.gov/studentopps/employment/iep.htm

  66. January 27, 2013 9:14 pm

    cool summer job with the national parks service “astrocorps”🙂
    http://rock.geosociety.org/g_corps/2013/viewJob.asp?jobID=1124
    The application deadline is 2/4/13 at 12:00 p.m. – letters of rec must be submitted by this time as well…

  67. January 24, 2013 3:26 pm

    SCIENCE WRITING SUMMER INTERNSHIP – EARTH MAGAZINE
    http://www.earthmagazine.org/article/earth-internship-opportunity
    Applications due March 8th, 2013

  68. January 12, 2013 10:51 am

    NASA Year of the Solar System Undergraduate Planetary Science Research Conference
    Due to the popularity of last year’s conference, the NASA Year of the Solar System (YSS) Undergraduate Planetary Science Research Conference is again being hosted in conjunction with the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) March 18-22, 2013 in The Woodlands, Texas.

    The NASA YSS Undergraduate Planetary Science Research Conference will include:
    • Panels on “How to Choose the Grad School Right for You,” “Alternative Careers in Science,” and “Women in Planetary Science”
    • Poster sessions where students will present their posters to other students and to the scientific community
    • “Meeting Mentors,” which will pair students with a scientist for a portion of the LPSC meeting, so students can learn how to engage at a scientific conference
    • Opportunities to meet other undergraduate researchers, graduate students, and scientists

    Undergraduate students currently conducting research in planetary sciences, astrobiology, and lunar sciences are eligible.

    To apply, submit the indication of interest form, which serves as the registration form for the NASA YSS Undergraduate Conference. Applications are due by close of business February 8, 2013.

    For all the details visit: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2013/events/education/index.shtml#conference

  69. December 9, 2012 10:20 pm

    PLANETARY GRADUATE PROGRAM CLEARINGHOUSE

    The DPS Education & Public Outreach Subcommittee has assembled a listing of 68
    institutions offering graduate degrees with a focus on planetary science:

    http://dps.aas.org/education/graduate-schools

  70. December 2, 2012 11:07 am

    PHD OPPORTUNITY IN PHYSICAL VOLCANOLOGY (LAVA EROSION MODELING) AT
    ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

    I have funding for one Ph.D. student starting in the Fall 2013
    semester. This funding is for a research assistantship for at least
    2 years, and possibly up to 4 years (either teaching assistantship or
    research assistanship), to develop new mathematical computer models
    to investigate erosion by flowing lava on the Moon, Mars, and Earth.
    I am seeking a student interested in developing model(s) to focus on
    modeling mechanical erosion by lava in various planetary environments,
    and/or the case of erosion by dense submarine ultramafic komatiitic
    basalt lava flows that burrow into and thermo-mechanically erode
    water-saturated submarine sea-floor sediments.

    If you are interested in this project, I encourage you to apply to
    our graduate program. ASU Graduate School applications for the Fall
    2013 semester are due on December 15, 2012. For more information,
    please go to:

    http://sese.asu.edu/prospective_grads

    Interested potential applicants are encouraged to meet with me at the
    Fall AGU meeting in San Francisco next week. For further information,
    please contact Professor David Williams at: .

  71. October 22, 2012 2:36 pm

    Applications Now Being Accepted for
    2012 LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science
    Application Deadline: January 18, 2013

    The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invites undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit to experience research in the planetary sciences. As a summer intern, you will work one-on-one with a scientist either at the LPI or NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in planetary science. Furthermore, you will participate in peer-reviewed research, learn from top-notch planetary scientists, and preview various careers in science.

    The 10-week program begins June 3, 2013, and ends on August 9, 2013. Selected students will receive a $5000.00 stipend plus a travel stipend of $1000.00 (U.S. students) (foreign nationals will receive a $1500.00 foreign travel reimbursement).

    Applications are only accepted via the electronic application form found at the LPI’s Summer Intern Program website:

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

  72. 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

  73. January 30, 2012 1:43 pm

    The Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program (PGGURP) pairs qualified undergraduates with NASA-funded PIs for approximately 8 weeks during the summer.Preference is given to PIs with active funding from the Planetary Geology and Geophysics (PGG) program.

    http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~tgregg/pggurp_homepage.html.

  74. January 18, 2012 6:36 pm

    APOD Graduate Student Research Assistantship

    Applicants are sought for a graduate student research assistantship opening in the Department of Physics at Michigan Technological University. The successful applicant will be expected to complete courses and research for a Ph D. in astrophysics while supporting the production of the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) website. Attributes sought in applicants include a desire to produce original research and to effectively communicate science to the public.
    http://www.phy.mtu.edu/apod/GraduateStudentAssistantship.html

  75. 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/

  76. 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.

  77. Heather Meyer permalink
    January 5, 2012 1:26 am

    Does anyone know of any travel grants for Undergraduates for LPSC? This will be my first major conference as a first author, and I really want to go. If you ladies have any suggestions, please let me know!

    • January 5, 2012 1:38 pm

      Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see information about the Undergraduate Planetary Science Research Conference — Sunday, March 18, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2012/events/
      It says “Some travel support will be available to students who qualify.” plus it is a great program🙂.

      • Heather Meyer permalink
        January 5, 2012 3:11 pm

        On it. Thanks!!

  78. January 1, 2012 2:19 pm

    RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR UNDERGRADUATES IN ASTROBIOLOGY & PLANETARY
    SCIENCE
    The SETI Institute is pleased to announce that applications are now
    open for the 2012 REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program
    in Astrobiology and Planetary Science. Undergraduate students in fields
    such as astronomy, biology, geology, chemistry, and physics are invited
    to apply to spend 10 weeks in the San Francisco Bay area working on a
    scientific research project in the field of astrobiology or planetary
    science. Students receive a stipend, travel, and living expenses.
    Applications are due by February 1, 2012.
    For more information, visit
    http://www.seti.org/reu or contact Cynthia Phillips

  79. December 20, 2011 11:41 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.

  80. December 14, 2011 5:14 pm

    8. 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

  81. 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.

  82. December 7, 2011 2:42 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

  83. Deanne permalink
    December 1, 2011 10:36 am

    Graduate Student Opportunities at Stony Brook University

    The Department of Geosciences at Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY) invites applications to its graduate program for Fall 2012, for students wishing to pursue research in planetary science. Research opportunities in planetary geology span several disciplines, including remote sensing, experimental and theoretical geochemistry, experimental petrology, laboratory spectroscopy, and theoretical light scattering studies. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the magmatic evolution of Mars and the Moon and aqueous alteration of the Martian crust. Facilities and equipment available for pursuing planetary geology studies include a custom-built mid-IR emission spectrometer, a UV-visible-near-IR reflectance spectrometer, a micro-FTIR imaging spectrometer, a micro-Raman imaging spectrometer, a low-temperature experimental geochemistry laboratory, a fully-equipped experimental petrology laboratory capable of simulating conditions from deep within planetary interiors to the surface, a portable thermal imager for field studies, and an image processing facility. Remote sensing studies make use of a variety of instruments orbiting Mars and the Moon, as well as instruments carried on landed missions, notably the Mars Exploration Rovers. For application and program information, visit the following website: http://www.geosciences.stonybrook.edu. Applications are due by January 15, 2012.

  84. squawky permalink
    November 21, 2011 9:32 pm

    Hi Paulina – I don’t know if I can be very helpful, but I’d like to make a suggestion: if you have trouble finding someone to help you with a planetary science thesis topic, you could try to find a project that is more terrestrial, but could be used to understand another planet. For example, there are many scientists who have studied parts of the Atacama Desert as analogs for Mars.

    When you are ready to start applying to PhD programs, you would be able to explain in your application essay that you chose that thesis topic because it was relevant to planetary science. Your terrestrial experience should not be a drawback when you apply to graduate school – it shows that you can complete a research project and that you took the initiative to choose a thesis topic that is relevant to your goal to study the planets.
    (I hope I’ve kept my English clear – please comment if there is something confusing!)

  85. Paulina Cortez permalink
    November 17, 2011 10:43 am

    Hi! My name is Paulina Cortez, and i’m an undergraduate geology student in Chile. First of all, i would like to thank you for this blog, it’s really interesting and helpful, and the contact that can be established through this blog is remarkable.
    I’m actually a senior student (10th semester over 12th) and i’m interested in Planetary Science. But our studies in geology are basically terrestrial, and we lake of space knowledge. Actually, i’m attending to some basic courses of astrophysics (as occasional student). But, the possibilities of doing a thesis work in extraterrestrial field are very low, if not none, and i believe this is a very important key for the application to PhD in Planetary Science.
    So here is my question, and i hope you can help me a bit: is it possible in the U.S. to hire a chilean undergraduate student under an investigation project, in order to pass this project as a part of a thesis work? A thesis work is what i need to graduate, and i don’t know if the programs described above allow this (i read all of them), but anyway, i’m not a U.S. citizen.
    Any recommendations? I’m planning on doing my thesis in 2013, so i still have plenty of time to keep looking in other locations, but i’m really interested in the U.S, not only because of its wide experience in the planetary science field, but because of the opportunities that overcomes by studying there.
    Thank you very much for your help, and for the website😉

    Paulina
    PS: Hope my English isn’t too bad.

    • November 17, 2011 3:55 pm

      Hi Paulina🙂 You did a good job of describing your situation, I don’t personally know any fellowships that would work for your specific situation but I bet there are some out there. Hopefully someone who does will respond, but it is a great idea to try to do an internship in planetary science. Also, all of the background information you can learn in geology and physics etc. will still help you in the future. Especially a strong math is useful in our field, also programming. It helps if you can keep your goal of planetary science in mind though, and an internship or the like will help you realize how all these other subjects will be useful🙂.

      • Paulina Cortez permalink
        November 21, 2011 5:30 pm

        Hi Kelsi! Thank you very much for your answer, i’ll keep looking around in internet if i can find something, and, of course, i’ll keep an eye on this amazing blog. Thanks for the advices!🙂

    • November 21, 2011 5:50 pm

      Hi Paulina- there may be some options a little more locally for you as well. I know Cerro Tololo has a program especially for Chilean students to give them astronomy experience (http://www.ctio.noao.edu/PIA/) and some of the folks there work in the realm of extrasolar planets

  86. 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

  87. 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/

  88. Caroline Bell permalink
    September 25, 2011 2:18 pm

    Hello!!!! I’m a senior in High School, and I’m going to pursue a career in Astronomy, Physics, and Planetary Science….which will all go towards my main goal which is exploratory space science. And my question is are there any scholarships out there for me in Astronomy or Planetary Sciences? because I’m a (girl going to be woman) doing Astronomy etc. which is predominantly a male dominated career. Thank you so much!

    • September 26, 2011 1:14 pm

      Hi Caroline! It is great that you are thinking ahead about these things. I would say check the scholarships that have been posted here to see if they are still available, and also your undergraduate institution should have information about these resources. You might check the schools you are interested in ahead of time, and see if they have any programs for you to start doing research the summer before you even start. My undergraduate, University of Colorado, had such a program when I went. If you need more specific advice feel free to e-mail me at kelsi (dot) singer (at) gmail (dot) com.

  89. 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/

  90. August 14, 2011 3:49 am

    I was wondering if any of the planetary scientists on this site could give some advice regarding what classes are the most useful to take as an undergraduate. I’m currently a chemistry major so my big worry is that I will be at a big disadvantage compared to students with physics backgrounds. I just finished Calculus III, should I take differential equations, linear algebra, other? I’ve taken physics I and II, but are there any other physics courses I should try to take (although I may not have the pre-requisites so it may not be possible depending on the class). I’m also assuming an intro geology course would be very helpful.

    I just want to make sure I don’t feel behind in a graduate program. I definitely will be looking for faculty whose research is more on the chemistry side of things, so perhaps it won’t matter much?

  91. 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

  92. April 5, 2011 2:04 pm

    Field Camp Scholar Award
    New award for undergraduate GSA student members to attend summer field camp. Twelve students will be awarded $2,000 each to attend the field camp of their choice based on diversity, economic/financial need, and merit.

    Who can apply? Undergraduate geology GSA student members
    Deadline to apply? Friday, 15 April, 2011

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

  93. 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/

  94. March 3, 2011 2:21 am

    Hello everyone! I’m currently an undergraduate who would like to pursue a career in planetary sciences. I was wondering if anyone could provide me with some information about the career in terms of job outlook, salary, projections etc. I cannot seem to find any information on the internet. After you receive a PhD, is it easy to find a job? Are there many jobs available? What “types” of jobs can you find in the planetary sciences and what are their pros/cons? For example, working for a university vs working for NASA, etc. What are the disadvantages to finishing with a Masters as opposed to a PhD. Is it a good career for a woman? And any other information you would like to share! In terms of subject matter, I know planetary sciences would be a great fit because it is my passion. But I don’t know enough about the career to be able to explain to my parents why it could also be a “smart” career decision. They seem to have the idea that there are only about 5 jobs out there and you would be making pennies! Haha. I wish I had something to tell them, but I really am having trouble finding concrete information so any help would be appreciated!

  95. Rachel Bush permalink
    February 26, 2011 2:42 pm

    Hi, I’m an undergraduate student majoring in either physics or geology. This summer I’ll have completed the last of the courses that could work toward a degree in either field, and I was wondering which major it would be best for an aspiring planetary scientist to pursue. My plan is to take as many courses as possible in the one I minor in. Thanks!

    • March 1, 2011 3:32 pm

      Hi Rachel,

      That is a good question, but hard to answer! Either one as the actual major could serve you well in the future, but it is always hard to tell what exactly you will be doing in the future. 🙂 People do very different things in planetary science, some people do something that is more like chemistry or petrology working with rocks or geo-systems of some kind. Some people do remote sensing, which you still need to know about the materials you are remotely sensing, but physics helps here… for what I do, I need a lot of geology, a good grounding in relatively basic physics, and the more math the better. However, I do not use anything like quantum in my work, which is a higher level course included in physics majors. So at some point when you get to higher level classes they become more specific, and may or may not be useful as to you in the future. In general everything will come in handy in some way, like it might teach you how to use a tool that you will use for something else, so you can’t really go wrong. Someone else might have a different opinion, and if I do I hope they post it here!
      ~Kelsi

    • March 1, 2011 4:36 pm

      Hi Rachel,

      I’m a bit removed from undergrad, but I think you’d do well with either degree (Kelsi has some good advice) – I have a physics undergrad, but did geology for my graduate work. Having the physics helped a lot, and I was able to use some work with a planetary scientist to count for required research credits. Grad schools will look at your transcripts and not just your degrees, too.

      You should consider what upper level classes might be useful for you and what types of studies interest you in planetary science – I ended up working in spectroscopy/remote sensing, so a physics major (with the required computer programming course) was really useful. It might not have been if I had ended up wanted to look at geochemistry or geomorphologic mapping. If one of the majors has required research projects (and the other doesn’t), that one might be a better choice as well.

      There really isn’t a quick answer here – I think that’s the short version!

      • March 1, 2011 7:31 pm

        p.s. That is an extra good point about the computer programming, I wish I had more of that… you might even consider taking a class directly in that if they offer it at your institution🙂.

  96. 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/

  97. January 24, 2011 1:07 pm

    Some summer internships:

    Arecibo Observatory REU http://www.naic.edu/science/summer_set.htm
    – application deadline 2-01-2011

    Astrobiology REU at Seti http://www.seti.org/reu
    – application deadline 2-01-2011

  98. January 13, 2011 9:30 pm

    The Planetary Exploration Group at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, MD is now accepting applications for summer 2011 internships. The deadline is Feb. 7, 2011 and internships are 10 weeks in duration. Must be an undergraduate to apply. See https://aplapp.com for descriptions of potential projects. Any student interested in applying for either or both of the MESSENGER-Mercury or the Dawn-Vesta planetary geology
    internships is encouraged to Dr. Nancy Chabot (nancy.chabot@jhuapl.edu) or Dr. David Blewett (Dave.Blewett@jhuapl.edu) directly.

  99. Jamie M. permalink
    January 13, 2011 3:24 pm

    First off, this is a great website. I really enjoy reading the interviews with the role models and appreciate all the resources that are posted. I have a couple questions, as an undergrad, that I would like to ask. I welcome answers from anyone who is willing to help. Thanks in advance.

    1. I’m attending a university that doesn’t offer a planetary science degree. I’m currently in the department of astronomy/astrophysics, but am considering changing to geology. I enjoy both astronomy and geology very much, hence my interest in planetary science. After some research on the dismal outlook of grad school, post doc, and employment in the field of astronomy/astrophysics, I’m seriously considering changing to geology, which appears to have a brighter future for grads. Is an undergraduate degree in geology optimal for pursuing a graduate program in planetary science? Should I consider double majoring in geology/astronomy, given that I’m somewhat torn between the two, or would that be a waste of time and money?

    2. After becoming disenchanted at the grim odds at a successful future in astronomy/astrophysics, I’m curious to know if a future in planetary science is more stable. I’ve found abundant sources stating that geology holds a bright future for graduates, in contrast to astro. I haven’t found resources on planetary science. Is a degree/career in planetary science more comparable to that of traditional geology, or astronomy/astrophysics?

    • January 13, 2011 10:08 pm

      Hi Jamie!

      I’m a graduate student in planetary science and geology so I may not be able to answer all of your questions, but I will try to answer some of them. I started out on an astrophysics track (BS and MS both in physics) but decided to get a Ph.D. in planetary science–not because I thought that I wouldn’t be able to get a post-doc or permanent job in astrophysics, but because after doing summer internships in both astronomy and planetary science, I realized that I enjoyed planetary science research more. My advice, and all of this is strictly my opinion, would be to stick with what your passion is. I know a good number of professional astronomers who were successful at finding post-doc positions and/or permanent jobs. So, I wouldn’t be discouraged by what the numbers say concerning finding jobs in astrophysics, but would take course, participate in internships and attend conferences that will broaden your knowledge base in geology, planetary science, physics, etc., so that you will be more marketable when it comes to finding a post-doc or a permanent job after graduate school. After all, science is becoming more interdisciplinary and astronomers and planetary scientists study many of the same topics now (terrestrial exoplanets, planet formation, etc.) In answer to your questions:

      (1) I think that geology is a wonderful undergraduate degree if you are interested in planetary science. I am currently taking geology courses in grad school as part of my training for planetary science. Additionally, I don’t think that pursuing a double major in astronomy/geology is necessarily a waste of time if you can handle it and if that’s really what you want to do. I certainly wish that I’d at least taken more geology courses as an undergrad! If you are concerned about the amount of time and money that a double major might take, maybe you could keep your major in astronomy but take lots of geology courses as electives? This would still give you a broad knowledge base in both areas; plus, it seems like you enjoy them both, so why not?

      (2) I think that whether a degree in planetary science is more comparable to a degree in traditional geology or a degree in astrophysics depends on where you go to graduate school and what type of research you do. Depending on whether you study fault scarps on Mars, or develop models for terrestrial planet formation, will require different coursework in grad school. The first may require more geology, while the second might require some astronomy coursework. Have you done any summer internships in either astrophysics or planetary science? They are a great way to determine which track better suits you.

      I hope this very LONG answer helps (Sorry, I get wordy sometimes) !

      • Jamie M. permalink
        January 27, 2011 9:35 pm

        Thanks, Lynnae, so much for all the information. I have a lot to consider. I haven’t done any research yet. I worked full time while attending the first few years of college part time. So basically, I got all of my gen ed and Calc, Diff Eq, Physics, Chemistry, etc. done before now entering a full time course load. I’ve been discussing this with my advisor, and have been reading up on all the different research that the faculty are involved in at my university, both in the Physics dept. and the Geology dept. I really like doing math and physics, but I’m finding that I’m far more interested in Geology research. I think there is plenty of math and physics in the field of Geology for me, and am pretty sure I’m going to make the switch. Again, thank you so much for your advice!

  100. Kelsi permalink*
    December 16, 2010 5:16 pm

    The Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology (CRESST) partnership is planning to select between six and fifteen students, on a competitive basis, to participate in summer internships on-site at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for the summer of 2011. These are nominally 10-week paid internships for primarily undergraduate level college students. The standard internship period for 2011 will be June 6th through August 12th. The deadline for applications is February 7th, 2011.

    For more information, or to apply to this opportunity, see the CRESST Summer Intern website,
    http://cresst.umd.edu/Opportunities/internship2011.html

  101. November 19, 2010 2:18 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).

  102. 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

  103. May 17, 2010 5:41 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.

  104. 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/

  105. Leila permalink
    April 13, 2010 3:18 am

    Hi,

    It is the first time I’ve come across this forum 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

    • Amanda Damptz permalink
      April 20, 2010 11:16 am

      Hello Leila,

      I’m sorry but nothing comes to mind at this time. Hopefully someone else will be able to assist you. In the mean time, keep checking back on both the undergrad and graduate student page.

      Cheers,
      Amanda

  106. March 27, 2010 2:19 pm

    AWIS Summer Internship Program

    Program Description
    Our program promotes, educates, and encourages young women to pursue careers in the STEM fields. Students gain valuable knowledge and professional skills through mentorship and independent learning.Seminars are also scheduled throughout the summer in various STEM disciplines. Our program allows women seeking careers in STEM to explore and develop skills that can be applied across all disciplines. Students also have opportunities and are encouraged to take advantage of the unique cultural and social activities Washington DC has to offer.

    Eligible Applicants
    Our program is intended for outstanding female undergraduate students who are members of groups currently under-represented in the STEM disciplines including individuals of African American, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent.

    The program is designed and designated as a 10-week work experience between May and August. Students Receive a $3,500 stipend for the ten-week program.

    http://www.awis.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=215

  107. Amanda Damptz permalink
    March 20, 2010 5:02 pm

    USRA Scholarship Program

    The USRA Scholarship Program provides college scholarships to students who have shown a career interest in the physical sciences or engineering with an emphasis on space research or space science education.

    Eligibility:
    – Full-time undergraduate students attending a 4-year accredited college or university
    – Completed at least two (2) years of college credits by the time the award is received
    – US citizens

    Criteria
    – Expressed interest in space research and/or space science education
    – Majoring in the physical sciences or engineering
    – In good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50

    Scholarships:
    – Thomas R. McGetchin Memorial Scholarship
    – John R. Sevier Memorial Scholarship
    – James B. Willett Educational Memorial Scholarship
    – The USRA Education Scholarship

    Application materials can be found at the USRA Scholarship Program website:
    http://www.usra.edu/cs/usra_scholarship_program

  108. Amanda Damptz permalink
    March 20, 2010 4:40 pm

    The deadline has passed for 2010 but keep this scholarship in mind for next year…

    The Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Scholarship
    The National Space Club awards a $10,000 scholarship each year, in memory of Dr. Robert H. Goddard, America’s rocket pioneer. The scholarship is presented at the Goddard Memorial Dinner each spring, for the following academic year. The award is given to stimulate the interest of talented students in the opportunity to advance scientific knowledge through space research and exploration

    Eligibility:
    – U.S. citizen,
    – At least in the junior year of an accredited university
    – Intention of pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies in science or engineering during the interval of the scholarship

    Application materials:
    – Official transcript
    – Letters of recommendation from faculty
    – Accomplishments demonstrating personal qualities of creativity and leadership
    – Scholastic plans that would lead to future participation in some phase of the aerospace sciences and technology
    – Proven past research and participation in space-related science and engineering
    – Personal need is considered, but is not controlling

    For more information visit the National Space Club website:
    http://www.spaceclub.org/goddard.html

  109. Amanda Damptz permalink
    March 9, 2010 6:15 pm

    NASA Opportunity for Student Airborne Research Program

    NASA seeks highly motivated advanced undergraduate and early graduate students for participation in a summer 2010 research program in Earth system science using its DC-8 flying laboratory. The Student Airborne Research Program (SARP), is managed by the National Suborbital Education and Research Center.

    Students will acquire hands-on research experience in all aspects of a scientific campaign, using a major NASA resource for studying Earth system processes, calibration and validation of space-borne observations, and prototyping instruments for possible satellite missions. Students will operate instruments onboard the DC-8 aircraft to sample atmospheric gases and to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands.

    Deadline
    March 12, 2010

    Eligibility
    – Full-time student at an accredited US college or university
    – Women and minorities are encouraged to apply
    – Applicants should have a strong academic background in disciplines relevant to the Earth system, including the physical, chemical, or biological sciences, or engineering

    Benefits
    – $2500 stipend
    – NSERC will provide travel to and from California and living expenses while in California.

    Application materials should include:
    – 2 page personal statement describing the student’s interests in pursuing research in the Earth sciences and other special qualifications
    – Letter of recommendation from a professor or advisor familiar with the student’s abilities.
    – Official undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts.

    For more information visit the SARP website:
    http://www.nserc.und.edu/learning/SARP2010.html

  110. Amanda Damptz permalink
    February 19, 2010 6:02 pm

    Society of Exploration Geophysicists Scholarship

    Deadline: March 1, 2010
    Award Amount: Varies

    In 1956 the Society of Exploration Geophysicists began a program of encouraging the establishment of scholarship funds by companies and individuals engaged or interested in the field of geophysics. SEG saw the need for a more appropriate organization and caused the SEG Foundation to be organized.

    Eligibility:
    -A student must intend to pursue a college curriculum directed toward a career in applied geophysics or a closely related field, such as geosciences, physics, geology, or earth and environmental sciences.
    -A student must meet one of the following requirements:
(a) Attending high school and planning to enter college next fall;
(b) An undergraduate or graduate college student whose grades are above average.

    Application: Online
    Supporting Documents: Two Letters of Recommendation, Unofficial Transcripts, Resume

    Visit the SEG Foundation Scholarship Website for more information:
    http://www.seg.org/SEGportalWEBproject/portals/SEG_Online.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pg_gen_content&Doc_Url=prod/SEG-Foundation/Foundation-Scholarship-Program/scholarship.htm

  111. Amanda Damptz permalink
    February 19, 2010 5:53 pm

    “Water on Planet Mars: Follow the Flow”

    The Utrecht University (The Netherlands) is offering a summer course on Mars surface dynamics and landforms related to water.

    Deadline: April 15, 2010

    Application: Online

    Eligibility: 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate students in Physical Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Civil Engineering or in any other natural science that are interested in learning about the surface planet Mars and its hydrological past. It requires a basic (secondary-school) training in physics and mathematics.

    Course Aims: The aims of this course are (i) to introduce planet Mars, (ii) to develop a thorough understanding of fluvial and deltaic morphodynamics on Earth and Mars, and (iii) to infer the implications for past hydrology and climate of Mars. We believe that a combination of dedicated lectures, literature and hands-on observation (image and elevation analysis), experimentation (creating self-organising landscapes with water and sand) and physics-based modelling (in a spreadsheet) by the student greatly enhances the acquired understanding of earth- and planetary science. The end product of this course will be an extended abstract on a case study in the style of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

    Duration: July 5, 2010 – July 16, 2010

    Cost: € 855 ~ $1164 (USD)

    Visit the Utrecht Summer School website for more information:
    http://www.utrechtsummerschool.nl/index.php?type=courses&code=H18

  112. February 1, 2010 6:21 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

  113. Amanda Damptz permalink
    January 29, 2010 2:46 am

    Hi Fidaali, I hope the explanation I provided below will help push you in the right direction. If you have any additional questions you can email me at adamptz@gmail.com.

    The first thing you may have noticed from the USRP application is they are looking to see if you have any educational or work experience. I’m not sure what type of experience you have but what I believe to have worked for me was that I had previous research experience in planetary science. I started my essay with an explanation of my research (where I conducted it, why it is important, how I was doing the research, where my results were heading at the time, what I had hope to show, etc.).

    However, most undergrads don’t have research experience. As a past USRP intern, I can say that not all of selected USRP interns had research experience. Our backgrounds and education levels varied. What I would suggest is to use this essay as a way to highlight any leadership positions you have held in the past. For example, the second half of the essay I focused on a job that I held throughout my undergraduate career. I also touched on the fact that during my employment I was given several leadership opportunities. With that I discussed challenges that were presented and how I overcame them. I would do the same if you have any volunteer experience or held any positions in a school club.

    Another thing that might be interesting is to relate how your lectures or labs have prepared you for a future career in your field of study. I had taken a geology field course and was able write about that experience and how it affected my way of critical thinking.

    From what I understand the USRP mentors look for applications that have specific coursework completed or knowledge with certain programs. Be honest when listing any computer skills and include your level of expertise.

  114. Fidaali Udawala permalink
    January 18, 2010 12:58 pm

    This question is on behalf of Amanda Damptz. My name is Fidaali Udawala and I am currently in the process for applying for the NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program and would like to create good essay paragraphs that will enhance my application. Is there any way to open the paragraphs that will grab the readers attention when the mentor or hiring manager reads my application so that I can be selected?

  115. Amanda Damptz permalink
    January 8, 2010 5:37 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

  116. Amanda Damptz permalink
    January 8, 2010 5:26 pm

    NASA Academy – Now accepting applications
    Deadline – January 18th 2010

    Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to the NASA Academies at Ames, Goddard, Glenn, and Marshall. This intensive summer program include seminars, informal discussions, evening lectures, supervised research, visits to other NASA Centers, group projects, tours, posters/presentations, and assessments. Most weekends are filled with group activities, team building and off-site trips. One free weekend is scheduled. Academy funding comes from various sources. The Space Grant Consortia (SGC) pays the students stipends and travel expenses. The Centers bear the cost of staffing the Academy, providing housing and board, and field trip expenses.

    The single online application allows students to apply to:
    • NASA Academy at Ames Research Center (Mountain View, CA)
    • NASA Lunar and Planetary Science Academy at Goddard Space Flight (Greenbelt, MD)
    • NASA Academy at Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, OH)
    • NASA Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)
    • NASA Propulsion Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)
    • NASA Robotics Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)

    What you will need to prepare:
    Online application
    Two online reference letters
    Upload unofficial transcripts
    Upload Résumé
    Essay question: Please explain why you want to attend the NASA Academy. Include your interests, your reasons for pursuing these interests, your experience, and your plans for the future.

    To apply visit the NASA Academy Homepage:
    https://www.academyapp.com/

  117. Amanda Damptz permalink
    January 7, 2010 9:27 pm

    The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) offers two different 10-week summer internship program. Summer Interns work one-on-one with a scientist at the LPI or at the NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in lunar and planetary science. These programs offers a $5,000.00 stipend plus $1000.00 U.S. travel stipend, or $1,500 foreign travel reimbursement for foreign interns. Eligible applicants include college undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit interested in pursuing a career in STEM fields.

    Deadline – January 22nd 2010
    Notification – March 2nd 2010

    What you will need to prepare:
    Online application from
    Electronic Letters of reference, three required
    Official transcripts must be received by LPI no later than Jan. 22nd

    Unfortunately this application does host the save as you work format. Be sure to go over you application thoroughly before you submit. Essays included: provide a brief biographical sketch, provide a description of academic goals, career plans, and scientific interests, and provide a brief summary of why you wish to participate in the intern program.

    For more information visit the LPI Summer Intern Program and Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program websites:
    http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lpiintern/
    http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lunar_intern/

  118. Amanda Damptz permalink
    December 9, 2009 2:43 pm

    SMART Scholarship
    Deadline: December 15, 2009

    If you can put together the application for this scholarship in less than I week I highly recommend it! The Department of Defense (DoD) is offering the Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program. It is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion.

    This scholarship has it all!

    Benefits:
    — Full tuition and education related fees
    — Cash award paid at a rate of $25,000 – $41,000 depending on prior educational experience
    — Paid summer internships
    — Health Insurance reimbursement allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year
    — Book allowance of $1,000 per academic year
    — Mentoring
    — Employment placement after graduation

    What you will need to prepare:
    — Online application
    — Submit official transcripts
    — Upload Resume/CV
    — References (two)
    — Prepare a summary of your current educational program objectives and your long-range professional goals. (minimum of 1500 characters, including spaces)

    For more information, visit:
    http://smart.asee.org/

  119. Amanda Damptz permalink
    December 8, 2009 12:22 am

    NASA offers a variety of opportunities for undergraduate students. Sophomores, juniors or seniors who are working towards a STEM degree are invited to apply to NASA’s Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP). USRP is mentored internship program that is offered year round for a 10-week summer session or a 15-week spring/fall session. The program offers a generous stipend ($6,000 10-week session or $9,000 15-week session) plus one round-trip airfare or ground transportation allowance to and from the NASA Host Center. According to the USRP Workforce Development Update, September 2009, 30% of USRP interns are female.

    USRP is currently accepting applications for:
    Summer 2010 Session
    Deadline – January 22, 2010
    Fall 2010 Session
    Deadline – March 26, 2010

    Like most internships applications, this one can be labor intensive. Essay questions include: Why do you want to work for NASA? How might this USRP experience help you in your chosen discipline? Describe any other educational and/or work experiences you feel would enhance your application. Don’t let this discourage you from applying! If you are lacking research experience express what this internship might mean in terms of gaining knowledge and experience that will further your career.

    Application perks:
    Online application
    Only one recommendation is required
    Upload unofficial transcripts
    Ability to apply for multiple sessions!

    Eligibility Requirements
    — U.S. Citizenship: permanent residents or other visa categories are not accepted.
    — Classified as a Sophomore, Junior or Senior before the expected commencement of the internship session.
    — Academic major or demonstrated coursework concentration in engineering, mathematics, computer science, or physical sciences or life sciences.
    — Demonstrated strong interest/commitment to one of the above career fields or disciplines (e.g., science/math/engineering fairs, clubs, or awards; tutoring/mentoring; internships or other related experience).
    — Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
    — Students may apply for a session within their first year after completion of a Bachelor’s degree (1st year graduate) but they must have participated in a previous NASA experience.
    — Students that have participated in a past USRP internship may only participate in USRP one time in a given calendar year.

    To apply visit the USRP Homepage:
    http://usrp.usra.edu/

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