Welcome, Students!

Welcome to the Virginia Tech SuperDARN Student Interest Page. Here you will find information important to prospective, current, and future VT SuperDARN students, as well students with a general interest in Space Science. This includes information about the lab, news items of interest to students, and important training and policy information. If you have interest in SuperDARN or space related studies, please contact either Dr. Mike Ruohoniemi or Dr. Jo Baker.

The Virginia Tech SuperDARN radar group conducts research on Earth’s space environment using HF radars and allied instrumentation and operates the U.S. component of the international SuperDARN collaboration as an Upper Atmosphere Facility for the National Science Foundation. The activities of the group are student-centered and involve all facets of research, including hardware design, operations, data analysis, and collaborative support for the scientific community. The group is a component of the Space@VT research center within the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech.


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Archive of Student Items
Please visit our Archive of Student Items page for important information such as research ethics training and other important information all SuperDARN students need to know.

News Items of Student Interest
Many of the news items below represent excellent opportunities for interested students at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

For undergrads: Space Weather Coffee Talk - Thursday, March 25 4:00 - 4:45 PM

By: miker  on: Thu., Mar. 18, 2021 12:33 PM EDT  (151 Reads)
An informal on-line conversation will be held Thursday, March 25 4:00 - 4:45 PM on behalf of undergrads with interests in space science and engineering. The event is sponsored by the NASA DRIVE Center for Geospace Storms and involves several universities including Virginia Tech. A panel of young researchers will describe their paths into this field and offer insights on how today's undergrad can get involved.

See 'Read More' for information on how to attend. There is an optional registration that will connect you to receive emails about student opportunities in this field.
The 2021 Incoherent Scatter (IS) Radar Summer School will be held virtually July 19-24. The school provides students with experience in designing and running experiments on IS radars. These large and powerful facilities are used to study the ionosphere and space weather by providing critical measurements of ionospheric plasma and the upper atmosphere. IS radars operate in the equatorial, mid-latitude, and high-latitude regions. The IS Radar summer school is suitable for graduate and advanced undergraduate students and attendance is limited. Apply using the summer school web site: https://amisr.com/school(external link)
The deadline for application submission is extended to March 12, 2021.

Photo: Poker Flat Incoherent Scatter Radar (PFISR) located in central Alaska

Information about STEM summer research & fully funded graduate programs (Opportunity: Open)

By: miker  on: Sun., Feb. 07, 2021 09:44 PM EST  (687 Reads)
The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) designs and implements strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on diverse underrepresented groups. Towards this end, the IBP has created the website www.PathwaysToScience.org(external link) as a resource to help students find paid summer research programs and fully funded STEM graduate programs. The website currently lists
· 630 paid summer research programs for undergrads and grad students, including opportunities funded by NSF, NASA, NOAA, etc.
· 138 fully funded STEM masters programs
· 160 fully funded STEM PhD programs
The website includes a search tool to help identify opportunities.
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship Program provides awards of up to $8,500 to rising juniors and seniors who are enrolled full-time in a program of study in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) and have a specific faculty-mentored research project that has NASA or aerospace relevance. Application deadline is January 29, 2021. See https://vsgc.odu.edu/undergraduatescholarships/(external link)

The VSGC Graduate Research STEM Fellowship Program provides fellowships of $6,000 in add-on support to graduate students to supplement and enhance basic research support. Applicants must be Student at NASA enrolled full-time in a program of study in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) and have a specific faculty-mentored research project that has NASA or aerospace relevance. Application deadline is January 29, 2021. See https://vsgc.odu.edu/graduatefellowships/(external link)

For a complete listing of posted student internships click on the menu item 'Student Opportunities' or directly on http://vt.superdarn.org/tiki-index.php?page=Student+Interest(external link)

HAO: Newkirk Graduate Research Fellowship (Opportunity: March 1, 2021)

By: miker  on: Tue., Jan. 12, 2021 11:22 PM EST  (406 Reads)
The High Altitude Observatory (HAO) of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) located in Boulder, Colorado announces the availability of Newkirk Fellowships. The Newkirk Fellowship provides financial support to graduate students for research visits to HAO, allowing for 3 to 6 months per year in a single visit. The total supported length is 9 months, which can be spread out over up to 3 years. Newkirk Fellows will work with guidance from HAO scientists and engineers on projects related to their thesis, qualifying exams, or other research projects within the scope of HAO research including study of the Earth's upper atmosphere, solar physics and solar-terrestrial physics through observation, theory and instrumentation.To be eligible for the fellowship, the student must be enrolled full-time in a university graduate program having common interest with HAO research goals. Application deadline for fellowships starting in 2021 is March 1, 2021. Program website: https://www2.hao.ucar.edu/partnerships/visitor-program/newkirk-fellowship(external link)

The 2021 NCAR Earth System Science Internship (NESSI) program (Opportunity: February 7, 2021)

By: miker  on: Fri., Jan. 08, 2021 10:07 AM EST  (365 Reads)
The NCAR Earth System Science Internship (NESSI) is accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students interested in conducting research in the Earth system sciences with NCAR scientists. Research topics include but are not limited to atmospheric science, computational science, engineering, and solar & space physics. The NESSI program is hosted by the NCAR office of Education & Outreach. The program is designed to support and promote Earth system science through research, mentoring, and community building. The application deadline is February 7, 2021.

Program website: https://ncar.ucar.edu/what-we-offer/education-outreach/undergraduate-graduate-programs/nessi(external link)
NOAA is sponsoring a competition with support from NASA involving prize money to "better forecast changes in Earth's magnetic field", specifically the disturbance-storm-time index, Dst, which is a measure of the severity of geomagnetic storms. In the words of the announcement, "..we seek solutions that work on the raw, real-time data streams and are agnostic to sensor malfunctions and noise." The sources of real-time data are NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite and NASA's Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) satellite. Prize money varies from $15k for first place to $2k for fourth place. The competition announcement can be found at https://www.drivendata.org/competitions/73/noaa-magnetic-forecasting/page/278/.(external link) The deadline for submissions is Feb. 12, 2021 11:59 PM
Art credit: NOAA MagNet website

NCAR Advanced Study Program for postdoctoral fellows (Opportunity: Dec. 21, 2020)

By: miker  on: Tue., Dec. 08, 2020 03:24 PM EST  (499 Reads)
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) located in Boulder, Co. sponsors postdoctoral fellowships tthrough the Advanced Study Program (ASP). The program provides successful applicants with considerable freedom to pursue their own research interests. Fellows develop research projects in collaboration with NCAR scientists and engineers, but all are expected to choose their own research directions and are responsible for the design and conduct of their projects. The program website is https://asp.ucar.edu/postdocs/prospective-applicants(external link)
Virginia Tech graduate Dr. Dong Lin is a current ASP postdoc and is available to answer questions about the program.
Application deadline: December 21, 2020

2021 NASA Heliophysics Summer School (Opportunity: Jan. 22, 2021)

By: miker  on: Sun., Dec. 06, 2020 09:03 PM EST  (604 Reads)
The 2021 Heliophysics Summer School will be held June 15 - 22, 2021 in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. The school is seeking approximately 35 graduate students, from masters through postdoctoral fellows. Participants will learn about the exciting science of heliophysics as a broad, coherent discipline that reaches in space from the Earth’s troposphere to the depths of the Sun, and in time from the formation of the solar system to the distant future. For more details see 'Read More'. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2021 Heliophysics Summer School may be held in a virtual format.

Website: https://cpaess.ucar.edu/heliophysics/summer-school/recruitment-announcement(external link)

Deadline for Applications: January 22, 2021

NCAR Explorer Series Event - Find out about Student opportunities at NCAR (Opportunity: Open)

By: miker  on: Sun., Nov. 15, 2020 11:16 PM EST  (399 Reads)
For students interested in doing scientific research in the atmospheric sciences, solar and space physics, engineering, social sciences, or computer sciences the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is holding an NCAR Explorer Series Student Opportunities event on Wednesday, November 18 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (MT). During the event, a panel of educational program leads, an NCAR scientist, and a student internship participant will talk about internships, workshops, and fellowships for students in all stages of their academic careers, from undergraduate through early career.
Please note the registration link below and the request to register by the end of the day on Monday, November 16th : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzG7l3f7XCMgBK3nsfYkhFVuCEYDP6LYLnNacau8wJv8UQVw/viewform(external link)

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