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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.

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

By: Nathaniel Frissell  on: Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 11:41 AM EDT  (148 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).

Best,
Yihua

2014 INCOHERENT SCATTER RADAR SUMMER SCHOOL - DEADLINE Extended

By: Nathaniel Frissell  on: Fri., Feb. 28, 2014 10:24 AM EST  (720 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  (659 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  (611 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.

2014 Space@VT Research Experience for Undergraduates funded by NSF

By: Nathaniel Frissell  on: Fri., Jan. 10, 2014 01:47 PM EST  (619 Reads)
Duration:June 2, 2014 – August 8, 2014
Location:Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Open to: U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Completion of Junior year as of spring term 2014. Students completing their sophomore year may be considered.
Application Deadline: February 14, 2014
Official Information: http://www.space.vt.edu/REU/(external link)
Support: $5000 stipend, travel, room, and board
Contacts: Dr. Robert Clauer (rclauer@vt.edu) or Dr. Scott Bailey (baileys@vt.edu)

Space@VT is looking for enthusiastic students to join us for a ten-week summer program opportunity to learn about space science and engineering and to participate in cutting-edge research. Students will be assisted by faculty mentors and will join their research teams for the duration of the program. Projects are available in the modeling of atmospheric and plasma processes; atmospheric science; space weather, small spacecraft engineering; instrument design & characterization; sounding rocket experiment testing; and remote sensing from space and ground platforms.

For further information see the Space@VT REU web page or email the primary contacts (both listed above) or inquire with any member of Space@VT.
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Opportunity for Summer 2014 Research at the Jicamarca Radio Observatory in Peru

By: Nathaniel Frissell  on: Tue., Dec. 17, 2013 02:17 PM EST  (589 Reads)
10 Week Duration starting anytime between May 12 and June 20, 2014
Jicamarca and Lima, Peru

Open to: Junior/Senior Undergraduates and 1st/2nd year Grad Students
Application Deadline: January 24, 2014
Apply Through: http://jro.igp.gob.pe/jirep/(external link)
Support: Travel expenses and a reasonable stipend

A large radar system known as the Jicamarca Radio Observatory (JRO) is located under Earth’s magnetic equator in Peru, not far from the national capital, Lima. It makes scientific observations of the atmosphere and ionosphere and is also a laboratory for developing new radar instrumentation and software. Since 2006 the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has sponsored a summer Research Experience Program for U.S. students at JRO. Students gain experience on different aspects of radar systems and are welcome to propose and run their own experiments. The program is open to junior/senior undergraduate and first/second year graduate students. It provides travel expenses and a reasonable stipend for a period of ten weeks. For 2014 a student can begin any time between May 12 and June 20. More information on the Jicamarca International Research Experience Program (JIREP 2014) can be found at http://jro.igp.gob.pe/jirep/(external link)

2014 NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI)

By: Nathaniel Frissell  on: Tue., Oct. 01, 2013 12:15 PM EDT  (1431 Reads)
June - August 2014
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: 25 November 2013
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!

Undergraduate and graduate study opportunities at the northernmost university in the world!

By: Nathaniel Frissell  on: Sat., June 15, 2013 07:21 PM EDT  (461 Reads)
Fall 2013 (August-December)
University Centre in Svalbard, Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Open to: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
More information and application form: http://goo.gl/OigEbC(external link)

Undergraduate students are hereby invited to spend the fall term 2013 (August-December) at The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS). Extended admission is open on a first come, first served basis for the course combination:

AGF 210 – The Middle Polar Atmosphere (15 ECTS)
AGF 213 – Polar Meteorology and Climate (15 ECTS)

There are also places available on the graduate course

AGF 345/845 – Polar Magnetospheric Substorms (10 ECTS) which is an intensive Master-/PhD-level course that runs from October 21-November 22 2013. The course includes fieldwork at the Kjell Henriksen Observatory and the EISCAT Svalbard radar.

Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships Autumn 2013

By: Nathaniel Frissell  on: Wed., May 15, 2013 03:09 PM EDT  (512 Reads)
Summer or Autumn, Flexible Dates, Minimum of 10 Weeks
Washington, DC

Open to: Graduate and undergraduate (completed junior year) at US Institution majoring physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, or geology
Application Deadline: Rolling
Apply Through: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/SSB/ssb_052239(external link)
Salary: $14.50 - $18.00/hour

As part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of its founding, the Space Studies Board (SSB) has expanded the scope of the Space Policy Intern program it has operated since 1992 by initiating the Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships. The goal of the 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 SSB. The Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships are offered twice annually.

2013 Incoherent Scatter Radar Summer School

By: Nathaniel Frissell  on: Mon., Feb. 25, 2013 02:46 PM EST  (888 Reads)
July 29 – August 2, 2013
MIT Haystack Observatory in Westford, MA

Open to: Graduate and advanced undergraduate students.
Application Deadline: 15 March 2013
Apply Through: http://www.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 2013 ISR Summer School will be held at the MIT Haystack Observatory July 29 – August 2. 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 and use data from multiple incoherent scatter radar observatories, such as Poker Flat (PFISR), Millstone Hill, Resolute Bay (RISR), Sondrestrom, Jicamarca and Arecibo. 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.

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