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 28, 2022. 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 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, 2022. 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)
The Institute of Space Weather Sciences (ISWS) at the New Jersey Institute of Technology will host a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in the summer of 2022 (May 23 to July 29, 2022), funded by the National Science Foundation.

Undergraduate students in STEM fields will be invited to Newark, New Jersey for 10 weeks to engage in cutting-edge solar physics, terrestrial physics, space weather, and big data research with space physicists, astronomers, and computer scientists. Students will be provided a stipend of $6,000 for the 10-week program. Additionally, travel, meal allowance, and accommodation are provided to each student. Applications by members of under-represented groups are encouraged. For more information about the program and online application, please visit the ISWS REU website: https://sites.google.com/njit.edu/iswsreu/home(external link)
Deadline for applications: Feb. 15, 2022

Information about paid summer research positions for undergrads and grads (Opportunity: Open)

By: miker  on: Mon., Jan. 10, 2022 12:10 PM EST  (259 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 site has a searchable database of 600+ undergrad summer research positions and 60+ graduate summer research programs, all paid and fully funded. Deadlines are approaching!
Direct link to the searchable database:
https://pathwaystoscience.org/programs.aspx?descriptorhub=SummerResearch_Summer%20Research%20Opportunity(external link)

HAO Announces Newkirk Graduate Research Fellowship (Opportunity: March 1, 2022)

By: miker  on: Thu., Jan. 06, 2022 11:29 AM EST  (133 Reads)
The High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research announces the availability of Newkirk Fellowships. The Newkirk Fellowship provides financial support to graduate students for research visits to HAO, allowing for 3 to 6 months per year in a single visit. The total supported length is 9 months, which can be spread out over up to 3 years. Newkirk Fellows will work with guidance from HAO scientists and engineers on projects related to their thesis, qualifying exams, or other research projects within the scope of HAO research including study of the Earth's upper atmosphere, solar physics and solar-terrestrial physics through observation, theory and instrumentation. To be eligible for the fellowship, the student must be enrolled full-time in a university graduate program having common interest with HAO research goals. The program website is https://www2.hao.ucar.edu/partnerships/visitor-program/newkirk-fellowship(external link) and the application deadline for fellowships starting in 2022 is March 1, 2022.
Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Bridge Scholarships of $1,000 to students who will be sophomores or juniors. 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 (William & Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech) are strongly encouraged to apply. Allied Health Science majors are not eligible for this program. The application deadline is March 11, 2022 and letters of reference are due March 18, 2022.

For more information see 'Read More'
The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated advanced undergraduates who will be rising seniors in summer 2022 to apply for participation in the 14th annual NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2022). Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes. Participants will fly onboard a NASA research aircraft and assist in the operation of instruments to sample and measure atmospheric gases and aerosols 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. The eight-week program begins June 12, 2022 and concludes August 5, 2022.
Applicants must be US citizens. For more information and to apply: https://baeri.org/sarp(external link)
Application Deadline: January 26, 2022

NCAR HAO Postdoctoral Positions Available (Opportunity: December 10, 2021)

By: miker  on: Thu., Oct. 28, 2021 11:00 PM EDT  (342 Reads)
The High Altitude Observatory (HAO) at The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) offers postdoctoral fellowships to early career Ph.D. scientists interested in theoretical, experimental and observational studies of the solar and terrestrial system. Successful applicants will pursue research in collaboration with members of the HAO scientific staff. The HAO postdoc program is closely coordinated with the postdoc program of NCAR’s Advanced Study Program (ASP) and prospective applicants should apply through ASP and specify HAO as their host laboratory. See https://www2.hao.ucar.edu/partnerships/visitor-program/postdoctoral-fellows(external link) for further details.
Deadline for applications: December 10, 2021

NCAR Advanced Study Program for postdoctoral fellows (Opportunity: Dec. 10, 2021)

By: miker  on: Wed., Oct. 27, 2021 11:51 AM EDT  (432 Reads)
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) located in Boulder, Colorado sponsors postdoctoral fellowships through the Advanced Study Program (ASP) in areas broadly related to NCAR strategic priorities (https://ncar.ucar.edu/who-we-are/strategic-plan), including Earth system science and actionable science. Candidates should have completed their Ph.D. or should expect to complete their degree requirements by October 2022. Applications from all related fields are welcomed. Fellowships are for 2 years and carry an annual salary of $70,270, travel budget of $3500 annually, in addition to a relocation allowance and full health and retirement benefits.
Virginia Tech graduate Dr. Dong Lin is a current ASP postdoc and is available to answer questions about the program.
Review application instructions here: https://asp.ucar.edu/postdocs/prospective-applicants(external link)
For further information about this position and to submit your application, see this link: https://ucar.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UCAR_Careers/job/Mesa-Lab-Building/ASP-Postdoctoral-Fellow_REQ-2021-304-1(external link)

Application deadline: December 10, 2021
NCAR's Advanced Study Program (ASP) has announced a new program which provides a one-month internship at NCAR for graduate students who may be early in their career or who don't yet have a defined project that could serve as the basis for a full Graduate Visitor Program (GVP) experience. The GVP Bridge Program gives the student an opportunity to explore potential collaborations at NCAR with the goal of a longer visit in the future. Unlike the regular GVP process, this program does not require an application from an NCAR sponsor. See
https://asp.ucar.edu/graduate-visitors/gvp-bridge-program(external link)

The deadline for application is Nov. 30, 2021
NSF graduate student internships are available now to do space/geospace research with Air Force scientists and research infrastructure at Air Force Office of Scientific Research facilities. Open to graduate students of PIs with an active geospace NSF awards or students participating in the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Up to $55k/six-month NSF graduate student internships are available. The deadline for application is rapidly approaching.

For details see *Read more* or the website https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21029/nsf21029.jsp(external link)

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