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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.

2019 ISR Summer School to be held at Pikku-Syote, Finland, Aug. 12-17 2019

By: miker  on: Tue., Apr. 09, 2019 02:25 AM EDT  (384 Reads)
The 2019 ISR Summer School, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (U.S.) and the EISCAT Scientific Association (Europe) will be held August 12-17 at Pikku-Syöte, about an hour’s drive from Oulu, Finland. 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 EISCAT incoherent scatter radars (ISRs) and use data from multiple ISR observatories, such as Poker Flat (PFISR), Millstone Hill, Arecibo and Jicamarca.

The ISR summer school is suitable for graduate and advanced undergraduate students and attendance is limited. For most students attending institutions within the United States, travel, housing and meals will be provided. For post-docs and students outside of the United States, funding will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Link to the program web site at https://amisr.com/workshop(external link)

The deadline for application submission is 19 April 2019. Notice of acceptance will be sent to participants by 3 May 2019.

Space@VT Summer 2019 Internships website now open for appplications

By: miker  on: Wed., Apr. 03, 2019 04:36 PM EDT  (290 Reads)
There are opportunities for undergrad students to participate as summer interns in research carried out by Space@VT research groups. The website for Summer 2019 applications is now open. Please apply using the applicable link below:

VT login required: https://goo.gl/forms/ckXw76SGuvY5Vntu1(external link)

External applicants: https://goo.gl/forms/s1qdiItra6Mpik6C3(external link)

More information about Space@VT can be found at http://www.space.vt.edu(external link) including a high-level listing of research topics at https://space.vt.edu/research.html.(external link)

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

By: miker  on: Wed., Mar. 20, 2019 04:59 PM EDT  (1042 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)
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) For information on eligibility see 'Read More'.

Application deadline: March 11, 2019

2019 Boulder Space Weather Summer School at NCAR

By: miker  on: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019 10:54 AM EST  (523 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)

2019 Greenland Climate and Space Science Research for Undergraduates

By: miker  on: Sat., Feb. 23, 2019 04:13 PM EST  (429 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  (651 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 - deadline extended to February 28, 2019

By: miker  on: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019 01:58 PM EST  (432 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'.

New application deadline: Feb. 28, 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)

NASA Earth/Atmospheric Science Internship for undergraduate juniors

By: miker  on: Wed., Jan. 02, 2019 02:37 PM EST  (369 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'.

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