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.
Current freshman are invited to apply to the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Bridge Scholarships of $1,000. Students must be sophomores during the 2019-2020 academic year. Students from any federally recognized minority group in STEM and enrolled full-time in a program of STEM at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities are strongly encouraged to apply. The program web site is http://vsgc.odu.edu/stembridge/(external link)

Application deadline: March 11, 2019

For information on eligibility see 'Read More'.

2019 Greenland Climate and Space Science Research for Undergraduates

By: miker  on: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019 04:13 PM EST  (40 Reads)
Undergrad students may apply to participate in an expedition to Greenland in the summer of 2019 to map climatic conditions from these institutions:
• Hampton University
• University of Albany
• University of Michigan
• Virginia Tech University
First priority will be for 3rd and 4th year undergraduates in fields of atmospheric and other geosciencesas as well as sociocultural studies.
For more information see: http://greenland.engin.umich.edu(external link)
Application deadline: March 1, 2019
See 'Read More' for VT contact information.

2019 Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship in Heliophysics - deadline extended to February 8

By: miker  on: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019 12:49 PM EST  (307 Reads)
UCAR is pleased to announce the 2019 call for applications for the Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship program sponsored by NASA’s Living with a Star (LWS) program. These fellowships are designed to train the next generation of researchers in the emerging field of heliophysics. New application deadline: February 8, 2019.

Fellows are UCAR employees and receive a fixed annual salary, UCAR’s extensive benefits package, and allowances for relocation, travel and publications. Appointments will be announced by April 1, 2019.

To apply for the fellowship and for more information and please visit: https://cpaess.ucar.edu/heliophysics/jack-eddy/how-postdocs-apply(external link)

Summer Internships available from Arecibo REU program

By: miker  on: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019 01:58 PM EST  (107 Reads)
Applications are being accepted for the 2019 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program hosted by the Arecibo Observatory (Puerto Rico). Research on radio astronomy, planetary sciences, and space and atmospheric sciences are carried out at the site. Interested students must be U.S. citizens or permament residents enrolled in a Bachelor's degree program for Fall 2019. Among the suitable majors are physics, engineering, geophysics, and space sciences. For more information click on the program web site at http://www.naic.edu/ao/REUT(external link) or click 'Read More'.

Application deadline: Feb. 1, 2019
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 28, 2019. See http://vsgc-net.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 28, 2019. See http://vsgc-net.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)

2019 Boulder Space Weather Summer School at NCAR

By: miker  on: Mon., Jan. 07, 2019 10:54 AM EST  (130 Reads)
The 2019 Boulder Space Weather Summer School (SWSS) will be held July 8 – July 19 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. The SWSS is a comprehensive two-week introduction to the science of space weather: what it is, what it does, and what can be done about it. The School is targeted at first or second year graduate students who are considering space weather or space physics as a research field and is also open to advanced undergraduate students. For more information see 'Read More'. The application deadline is March 1, 2019

For further information, and instructions on how to apply, see:
https://www2.hao.ucar.edu/SWSS(external link)

NASA Earth/Atmospheric Science Internship for undergraduate juniors

By: miker  on: Wed., Jan. 02, 2019 02:37 PM EST  (106 Reads)
The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated advanced undergraduates to apply for participation in the 11th annual NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2019). Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes. Participants will fly onboard the NASA DC-8 and assist in the operation of instruments to sample and measure atmospheric gases and to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Along with airborne data collection, students will participate in taking measurements at field sites. Each student will complete an individual research project from the data collected. Outstanding faculty and staff for this program will be drawn from several universities and NASA centers, as well as from NASA flight operations and engineering personnel. The eight-week program begins June 16, 2019 and concludes August 9, 2019. Application Deadline: January 30, 2019

SARP participants will receive a $5,000 stipend, a travel allowance, and free housing and local transportation during the 8-week program. Applicants must be US citizens.

For more information click on https://baeri.org/sarp/(external link) or 'Read More'.

Jicamarca Radio Observatory - Peru: JIREP Undergraduate/Graduate student summer applications 2019

By: miker  on: Wed., Jan. 02, 2019 11:06 AM EST  (226 Reads)
The Jicamarca Radio Observatory (JRO) located near Lima, Peru is the venue for a summer school that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and operated by the Geophysical Institute of Peru. Senior undergraduate and beginning graduate students with interests in atmospheric and ionospheric science and radar techniques, electronics, RF, instrumentation and computer science are encouraged to apply. If you would like to discuss this possibility with interested VT faculty, contact Dr. Mike Ruohoniemi (mikeruo@vt.edu) or Dr. Jo Baker (bakerjb@vt.edu) or any faculty member in the Space@VT research center listed at http://space.vt.edu/people.html(external link) The application deadline is February 22, 2019 and the JIREP web site is http://jro.igp.gob.pe/jirep/.(external link)

For more details click 'Read more'. To read of more student summer opportunities click http://vt.superdarn.org/tiki-index.php?page=Student+Interest(external link)

NASA LWS 2019 Heliophysics Summer Summer School - Open for Applications

By: miker  on: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018 10:08 AM EST  (216 Reads)
Applications are invited for the 2019 Heliophysics Summer School, which will be held July 23 - 30, 2019 in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. Approximately 35 graduate students or first or second year postdoctoral fellows 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. The theme of this year's school is "Heliophysics Exploration" (see 'Read More').
Application Deadline: February 22, 2019

For additional information on the Summer School and instructions on how to apply:
https://cpaess.ucar.edu/heliophysics/summer-school/recruitment-announcement(external link)

2019 NASA Space Grant Internship Opportunities - NASA Student Internships and Fellowships

By: miker  on: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018 03:59 PM EST  (445 Reads)
Educational opportunities are available at NASA for students at all levels. Applications are now being accepted for 2019 summer internships with a deadline of April 1, 2019. NASA also makes competitive awards to support independent research by faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students. A Pathways program offers paths to Federal interships for student from high school through post-graduate studies.

For more details and answers to specific questions regarding NASA Summer 2019 internships click on the 'Read More' to this News item. The NASA hosting web site is https://intern.nasa.gov(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)

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