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.
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 29, 2021. See https://vsgc.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 29, 2021. See https://vsgc.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)

NCAR Advanced Study Program for postdoctoral fellows now accepting applications

By: miker  on: Wed., Nov. 18, 2020 03:24 PM EST  (111 Reads)
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) located in Boulder, Co. sponsors postdoctoral fellowships tthrough the Advanced Study Program (ASP). The program provides successful applicants with considerable freedom to pursue their own research interests. Fellows develop research projects in collaboration with NCAR scientists and engineers, but all are expected to choose their own research directions and are responsible for the design and conduct of their projects. The program website is https://asp.ucar.edu/postdocs/prospective-applicants(external link)
Virginia Tech graduate Dr. Dong Lin is a current ASP postdoc and is available to answer questions about the program.
Application deadline: December 21, 2020

Information about STEM summer research & fully funded graduate programs

By: miker  on: Tue., Nov. 17, 2020 09:44 PM EST  (104 Reads)
The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) designs and implements strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on diverse underrepresented groups. Towards this end, the IBP has created the website www.PathwaysToScience.org(external link) as a resource to help students find paid summer research programs and fully funded STEM graduate programs. The website currently lists
· 630 paid summer research programs for undergrads and grad students, including opportunities funded by NSF, NASA, NOAA, etc.
· 138 fully funded STEM masters programs
· 160 fully funded STEM PhD programs
The website includes a search tool to help identify opportunities.

NCAR Explorer Series Event - Find out about Student opportunities at NCAR

By: miker  on: Sun., Nov. 15, 2020 11:16 PM EST  (88 Reads)
For students interested in doing scientific research in the atmospheric sciences, solar and space physics, engineering, social sciences, or computer sciences the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is holding an NCAR Explorer Series Student Opportunities event on Wednesday, November 18 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (MT). During the event, a panel of educational program leads, an NCAR scientist, and a student internship participant will talk about internships, workshops, and fellowships for students in all stages of their academic careers, from undergraduate through early career.
Please note the registration link below and the request to register by the end of the day on Monday, November 16th : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzG7l3f7XCMgBK3nsfYkhFVuCEYDP6LYLnNacau8wJv8UQVw/viewform(external link)
Space@VT doctoral graduate Dong Lin has pointed out that NCAR hosts a program that makes it possible for graduate students to visit for periods ranging from a few months to a full year. In the words of the program announcement: 'NCAR's Advanced Study Program's Graduate Student (GVP) Fellowship is an excellent way to spend time at NCAR and work on parts of your thesis, or final project equivalent, with guidance from NCAR scientists and engineers. The GVP also is an opportunity to develop research collaborations at NCAR and to participate in professional development workshops and seminars.' The program website is https://asp.ucar.edu/graduate-visitors/graduate-visitor-program(external link)
Dong, now an ASP Postdoctoral Fellow at High Altitude Observatory, has offered to answer questions about the program and further opportunities. Application deadline: November 15, 2020

2021 NASA Heliophysics Summer School - Recruitment Announcement

By: miker  on: Thu., Oct. 15, 2020 10:03 PM EDT  (161 Reads)
The 2021 Heliophysics Summer School will be held June 15 - 22, 2021 in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. The school is seeking approximately 35 graduate students, from masters through postdoctoral fellows. Participants 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. For more details see 'Read More'. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2021 Heliophysics Summer School may be held in a virtual format.

Website: https://cpaess.ucar.edu/heliophysics/summer-school/recruitment-announcement(external link)

Deadline for Applications: January 22, 2021

NASA at SciFest Sept. 16-23 - Student Opportunity

By: miker  on: Wed., Sep. 09, 2020 02:26 PM EDT  (326 Reads)
NASA will be at this year's SciFest from Sept. 16-23. This is a FREE virtual career fair for students, recent graduates, and early career folks.

Registration: https://usasciencefestival.org/ccc/.(external link) This effort is in collaboration with NASA's recruitment team and NASA Internships is helping support this event by spreading awareness via social media. NASA representatives will be sharing how students and recent graduates can get involved with the agency.
Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Bridge Scholarships of $1,000 to students who will be sophomores during the 2020-2021 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.

Click the attached link for more information and the online application. http://vsgc.odu.edu/stembridge/(external link)

Deadline for students to apply is extended to April 13, 2020
The 2020 ISR Summer School will be held July 27 - August 1 in Lowell, Massachusetts. The school provides students with hands-on experience in designing and running experiments at incoherent scatter radar (ISR) facilities. During this summer school, students will have the opportunity to run experiments with the Millstone Hill incoherent scatter radar and use data from multiple ISR observatories, such as Poker Flat (PFISR), 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. All students who wish to apply for the ISR summer school must follow the application instructions at the summer school web site: https://amisr.com/school(external link)
The deadline (exte3nded) for application submission is March 13, 2020.
Notice of acceptance will be sent to participants by March 27, 2020.

Astronaut Scholarship Foundation call for students to be nominated for 2020 Astronaut scholarship

By: miker  on: Mon., Feb. 17, 2020 01:05 PM EST  (1488 Reads)
The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides annually more than 50 scholarships to the brightest and most talented college students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.Students can not apply directly themselves. They must be nominated by a Virginia Tech Faculty member.

Eligibility: The student must be U.S. citizen and must be in a STEM major.
https://astronautscholarship.org/assets/astronaut-scholarship-major-fields-of-study.pdf(external link)
The student must intend to pursue research or advance their field upon completion of their final degree. Current Sophomore or Juniors (graduating > May 2021)

Faculty Nomination deadline: Thursday, March 5, 2020

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