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. If you would like to talk to a Virginia Tech student who has participated in a number of these types of programs, please feel free to contact our student representative, Nathaniel Frissell.

2016 NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI)

By: Evan Thomas  on: Tue., Sep. 29, 2015 01:38 PM EDT  (1619 Reads)
June - August 2016
Various Locations in China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand

Open to: U.S. Citizens or permanent residents enrolled in STEM/STEM Education Masters or Ph.D. Programs at U.S. Institutions
Application Deadline: 12 November 2015
Apply Through/Official Information: http://www.nsf.gov/eapsi(external link)
Support: $5000 stipend, travel, room, and board is provided.

Read about VT SuperDARN Student Evan Thomas' experience in this program from the summer of 2013!

Summer School and Research Opportunities for Students

By: Xueling  on: Thu., Mar. 12, 2015 08:42 AM EDT  (1608 Reads)
Student Interest
Still looking for something fantastic to do and financial assistance this summer? You get a lot of choices: the Space@VT REU program right here at VT; Summer Bootcamp and internship at NASA, GSFC; Heliophysics and CISM Summer School in Bounder, CO; GEM Summer Workshop in Viceroy Snowmass, CO; ISR Summer School in Jicamarca Radio Observatory in Lima, Peru. Click on Summer schools in 2015_updated.pdf for more details about these summer schools! Act as soon as possible, the deadlines are approaching!!!
Students are invited to apply for a ten-week summer program to work on cutting edge topics in space science and engineering research within the Space@VT research center of Virginia Tech. The Space@VT REU website includes an on-line enrollment form: http://www.space.vt.edu/REU/index.html(external link)

Come learn about space science while enjoying the summer of 2015 in the beautiful mountains of southwest Virginia!

Applications are due by March 14, 2015. Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

2015 GIS and Remote Sensing Research Symposium

By: miker  on: Tue., Mar. 03, 2015 12:59 PM EST  (1380 Reads)
The annual Virginia Tech GIS and Remote Sensing Research Symposium will be held on April 10, 2015 (Friday) between 1 and 5 pm in the Multipurpose Room on the first floor of the Newman Library. The Symposium provides a venue for presenting recent advances in geographic information systems and remote sensing applications and research. The VT SuperDARN group participates via its involvement in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Program (IGEP) for Remote Sensing (http://rsigep.frec.vt.edu/). Poster Proposals are due by Friday, March 13, 2015.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) 2015–16 Fellowships

By: Evan Thomas  on: Wed., Nov. 05, 2014 11:45 AM EST  (1639 Reads)
Open to: Undergraduate and Graduate Students with US Citizenship attending VA Space Grant Schools (Including Virginia Tech!)
Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Deadline: February 9, 2015
Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship Deadline: February 9, 2015
Application and more information: http://www.vsgc.odu.edu/(external link)

2015 NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI)

By: Evan Thomas  on: Wed., Sep. 03, 2014 01:53 PM EDT  (2462 Reads)
June - August 2015
Various Locations in China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand

Open to: U.S. Citizens or permanent residents enrolled in STEM/STEM Education Masters or Ph.D. Programs at U.S. Institutions
Application Deadline: 13 November 2014
Apply Through/Official Information: http://www.nsf.gov/eapsi(external link)
Support: $5000 stipend, travel, room, and board is provided.

Read about VT SuperDARN Student Evan Thomas' experience in this program from the summer of 2013!

2nd Space Weather REDI Summer Bootcamp (June 3-13, 2014)

By: Nathaniel Frissell  on: Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 11:41 AM EDT  (2244 Reads)
3-13 July 2014
NASA Goddard, Greenbelt Maryland

Open to: Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Researchers, Professionals
Apply Through: http://ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov(external link)
Funding: None remaining this year.

I would like to draw your attention to our 2nd Space Weather Summer Training Bootcamp (if you haven’t heard about it already). The training is required for those undergraduates (US citizenship required, rising sophomore or junior preferred) who’d like to be an independent space weather forecaster. After being certified, at least one-year commitment to working part-time with CCMC/SWRC (with compensation, can be done remotely) is expected.

But the training is intended to be multi-purpose, graduate students and researchers (and other professionals) can also benefit from it. Attached please find the tentative training agenda and description.

For the paid summer internship and the follow-on year-long part-time internship opportunity (see the description below), the number is limited (2-3 students per year). While it is too late for this year, we appreciate your recommendations of your student(s) as our potential future interns. You are more than welcome to send your students to participate the 2-week long training if they can find their way to Goddard (at their own cost or sponsored by you/your institution).

More info can be found here (http://ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov).



By: Nathaniel Frissell  on: Fri., Feb. 28, 2014 10:24 AM EST  (2424 Reads)
21-26 July 2014
Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico

Open to: Graduate and advanced undergraduate students.
Extended Application Deadline: 7 March 2014
Apply Through: http://amisr.com/workshop(external link)
Funding: Travel, housing, and meals for most US-based students. Funding for post-docs and students outside of the US is considered on a case-by-case basis.

The 2014 ISR Summer School will be held at the Arecibo Observatory July 21 – July 26, inclusive. The school provides students with hands-on experience in designing and running experiments at incoherent scatter radar facilities. During this summer school, students will have the opportunity to run experiments with the Arecibo incoherent scatter radar (ISR) and use data from multiple ISR observatories, such as EISCAT, Poker Flat (PFISR), Millstone Hill, Resolute Bay (RISR), Sondrestrom, and Jicamarca. The school will be structured to provide presentations in the morning and hands-on experience in experiment design and analysis in the afternoons. The morning lectures will include an introduction to the theory of incoherent scatter, radar operations, ISR analysis techniques, and the Madrigal database. The afternoon exercises will involve working closely with ISR facility staff in the topic areas of: proposal design, experiment execution, and data analysis. All students will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with experienced scientists from multiple institutions.

NASA Paid Summer Internships Still Available!

By: Nathaniel Frissell  on: Fri., Feb. 21, 2014 12:17 PM EST  (3006 Reads)
Location: Various NASA Campuses across the United States, including NASA Goddard in Greenbelt, MD and JPL in Pasadena, CA.
Time: Summer 2014 (May/June - August)
Apply: https://intern.nasa.gov/(external link)
Eligibility: Varies with position. NASA has opportunities from high school through postdoctoral, as well as for US Citizens and International Students.
Field: Engineering, Science, Technology, and Administrative Internships exist.
Financial: Varies with position. In addition to salary, travel and lodging assistance is often provided.
Summer Internship Application Deadline: March 1, 2014
Apply: https://intern.nasa.gov/(external link)

NASA internships are still available for summer of 2014 at the Goddard Space Flight Facility in Greenbelt, MD, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, and other NASA campuses. The goal of NASA's internship program is to further students' pursuit of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Research projects are offered in areas such as computer science, robotics, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, astrophysics, electrical engineering, as well as planetary, geological, and biological sciences. NASA's work reaches many fields and is conducted at numerous campuses across the United States. This internship program gives students of many levels an opportunity to explore the frontiers of human space knowledge.

RockOn! 2014 Rocket Science Workshop

By: Nathaniel Frissell  on: Tue., Jan. 14, 2014 02:27 PM EST  (2231 Reads)
Duration: June 14 - 19, 2014
Location: NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility, Virginia

Open to: US Citizens and Permanent Residents
Application Deadline: 2 May 2014
Apply Through: http://spacegrant.colorado.edu/rockon/(external link)

How it works: You register to participate (by April 4, 2014 for a discount) and, when selected, you are invited to stay in scenic Chincoteague, Virginia (next to the Wallops Island Flight Facility) for the duration of the program, assembling and then flying a rocket payload as part of a team of rocketeers. Registration will cover all your on-site expenses but you must make your own hotel arrangements (easy).

During the RockOn workshop, teams will learn through hands-on activities, how to build a sounding rocket payload or RocketSat. Teams of 3 will build their RocketSat from a kit in four days and launch it on sounding rocket to ~73 miles on the sixth day. The hardware in the kit could be used on future RocketSat and possibly CubeSat flights. Wallops will be providing the rocket and launch operations for the workshop. Wallops will also provide a tour and briefings on sounding rocket environments for future flights. We will also present their concept for standardized flight opportunities for future experiments called RockSat-C and RockSat-X. This workshop is not about building rockets. It is about learning to build sounding rocket payloads. This workshop is organized by the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortium. RockOn is funded by you, the participant, and NASA Education. A significant amount of cost sharing from Wallops and the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant programs also make RockOn possible.

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