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.

CISM summer school in space weather announced

By: miker  on: Tue., Dec. 20, 2016 01:40 PM EST  (108 Reads)
Senior undergrad and beginning grad students are eligible to participate in an introductory summer school program in space weather hosted by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) located in Boulder, Colorado. Support is available. The term of the school is July 17 - 28, 2017 and the deadline for applications is March 1, 2017.

Feel free to consult with Space@VT faculty about this opportunity and ways to pursue your interest in this topic. Email to Dr. Mike Ruohoniemi at or anyone listed at http://space.vt.edu/people.html(external link)

For information about the school and links to the NCAR school website, click 'Read More' below:

Photo: Satellite image of aurora provided by Dr. Mike Wiltberger (NCAR/High Altitude Observatory)

Opportunities to Participate in International Rocket Projects

By: miker  on: Thu., Oct. 13, 2016 03:27 PM EDT  (271 Reads)
Missions have been announced that welcome student ideas and participation in the launch of scientific sounding rockets from the Andoya rocket range located in Norway. The first, called the Grand Challenge Initiative - CUSP Project, welcomes partners for the purpose of access to all CGI data via a common database. The second, the Grand Challenge Student Rocket (G-Chaser), is an education-specific program to recruit interested universities to provide student payloads. Information on both programs can be found at http://www.grandchallenge.no/(external link)

If you would like to discuss these opportunities or more broadly the possibility of conducting space research with Virginia Tech faculty, contact anyone in Space@VT or email Dr. Mike Ruohoniemi at .
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Graduate student opportunities at Stanford in radio glaciology

By: miker  on: Thu., July 14, 2016 11:40 AM EDT  (477 Reads)
The emerging field of radio glaciology lies at the intersection of applied electromagnetics, geophysics, glaciology, and planetary science. The Department of Geophysics at Stanford University is actively recruiting students for its graduate program in radio glaciology with the possibility of starting as early as Fall 2016. Inquiries can be made to the head of the program, Dr. Dustin Schroeder at .
Information about the research and doctoral program at Stanford can be accessed via these links:
https://earth.stanford.edu/radio-glaciology/(external link)
https://eart.stanford.edu/geophysics/propspective-students/(external link)

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2016 NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI)

By: Evan Thomas  on: Tue., Sep. 29, 2015 01:38 PM EDT  (2362 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  (2065 Reads)
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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!!!
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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.
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2015 GIS and Remote Sensing Research Symposium

By: miker  on: Tue., Mar. 03, 2015 12:59 PM EST  (1867 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  (2100 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  (2999 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  (2642 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

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