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.

NASA at SciFest Sept. 16-23 - Student Opportunity

By: miker  on: Wed., Sep. 09, 2020 02:26 PM EDT  (134 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  (1323 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

Jicamarca Radio Observatory - Peru: JIREP Undergraduate/Graduate student summer applications 2020

By: miker  on: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020 04:25 PM EST  (1587 Reads)
The Jicamarca Radio Observatory (JRO) located near Lima, Peru is the venue for a summer school that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and operated by the Geophysical Institute of Peru. JIREP is an international internship program that is offered to junior/senior undergraduate, and/or first and second year graduate students. The program will cover the travel expenses (to and from Lima) as well as a reasonable stipend. Students with interests in atmospheric and ionospheric science and radar techniques, electronics, RF, instrumentation and computer science are encouraged to apply. If you would like to discuss this possibility with interested VT faculty, contact Dr. Mike Ruohoniemi (mikeruo@vt.edu) or Dr. Jo Baker (bakerjb@vt.edu) or any faculty member in the Space@VT research center listed at http://space.vt.edu/people.html(external link) The application deadline is February 20, 2020 and the JIREP web site is https://www.igp.gob.pe/convocatorias/jirep(external link)

2020 Boulder Space Weather Summer School to be held June 29 - July 10

By: miker  on: Sun., Feb. 09, 2020 02:47 PM EST  (1009 Reads)
The Boulder Space Weather Summer School (SWSS) will be held June 29 – July 10, 2020 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) located in scenic 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 SWSS curriculum integrates the fundamental science of the Sun-Earth system with the impacts of space weather, and has a particular emphasis on modeling and forecasting. The School is broadly designed for graduate students who are considering space weather or space physics as a research field, as well as active practitioners from government and industry (for example, space weather forecasters). Admission is also open to advanced undergraduate students. For further information, and instructions on how to apply, see: https://www2.hao.ucar.edu/SWSS(external link)

Application deadline: March 1, 2020

Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School (June 1 - July 31 2020) - deadline extended to January 31

By: miker  on: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020 09:58 AM EST  (1370 Reads)
The Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School is accepting applications for its 2020 session to be held June 1 - July 31, 2020. Sponsored by the Center for Space and Earth Sciences at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), this summer school brings together top space science graduate students and LANL space scientists to work on challenging space weather research. Students receive a prestigious Vela Fellowship (worth $10,000 to cover travel and living expenses), technical training, and opportunities for professional development. Applications due: January 31, 2020 (extended deadline)

Eligibility: Open to U.S. and foreign graduate students currently enrolled in PhD programs in space physics, planetary science, aerospace engineering, or related fields. For more details see 'Read More' or the website http://swx-school.lanl.gov(external link)
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 31, 2020. 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 31, 2020. 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 Research Announcement (NRA) NNH20ZHA001N: NASA Fellowship Activity 2020 Inbox x

By: miker  on: Wed., Jan. 08, 2020 10:47 AM EST  (864 Reads)
NASA Office of STEM Engagement (OSE) opened a call for graduate research proposals on December 23, 2019. The NASA Research Announcement (NRA) NNH20ZHA001N: NASA Fellowship Activity 2020 is seeking student-authored and independently conceived graduate research proposals responding to a NASA Research Opportunity listed in the solicitation. The 2020 NASA Fellowship Activity is designed to support OSE objectives and provide academic institutions the ability to enhance graduate-level learning and development. The program details and requirements are outlined in the solicitation document.

To be eligible to submit a proposal, candidates must be U.S. citizens or a national who hold a bachelor's degree in a STEM field earned before Aug. 31, 2020. Candidates must be enrolled in a Master's or Doctoral degree program no later than Sept. 1, 2020, and intend to pursue a research-based Master’s or Ph.D. program in a NASA-relevant field.

Proposals are due February 21, 2020.

RockOn! 2020 Rocket Science Workshop

By: miker  on: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019 02:10 PM EST  (1101 Reads)
Duration: June 19-25, 2020
Location: NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia

Open to: US Citizens and Permanent Residents
Application Deadline: 30 April 2020
Apply Through: http://tinyurl.com/2020RockOn(external link)

How it works: You register to participate and, when selected, you are invited to stay in scenic Chincoteague, Virginia (next to the Wallops Flight Facility) for the duration of the program, assembling and then flying a rocket payload as part of a team of rocketeers.Teams of 3 build a sounding rocket payload from a kit in three days and launch it into space on the sixth day. Since 2008, 702 people have participated in the RockOn workshops and successfully built and launched 226 payloads to space. The hardware in the kit may be used on future RockSat (and possibly CubeSat) flights. NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility will again be providing the rocket (two stage Terrier-Orion) and launch operations during the 2020 workshop. This hands-on workshop is about learning to build sounding rocket payloads, not rockets. RockOn is supported by the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant programs with significant cost sharing from Wallops and NASA Education. The registration for the 2020 RockOn workshop, is $909 if your register by March 6, 2020 ($999 after), which includes kit hardware (that teams take home), breakfast and lunch each day plus one dinner, t-shirt, handbook, software, and more plus a priceless experience. For more information on the workshop, please visit the website.

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