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Calling NSF-funded faculty and students working on solar & space physics and space weather! Here is a terrific opportunity, via NSF, for students to work collaboratively with scientists at U.S. Air Force research facilities.

Up to $55k/six-month NSF graduate student internships are available now to do exciting, cutting-edge, fundamental, space/geospace research with outstanding 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). The deadline for application and consideration is rapidly approaching.

Topics in solar and geospace science include, but are not limited to:

Structure and dynamics of the solar interior and its role in driving solar eruptive activity.
Mechanism(s)/heating the solar corona and accelerating it outward as the solar wind.
Triggers of coronal mass ejections, solar energetic particles, and solar flares.
Coupling between the solar wind and Earth’s magnetosphere and ionosphere.
Origin and energization of magnetospheric plasma.
Triggering and temporal evolution of geomagnetic storms.
Variations in solar radiation received at Earth and its effects on satellite drag.
Impacts of geomagnetic disturbances on the thermosphere and ionosphere.
Electron density structures and ionospheric scintillations.
Ionospheric plasma turbulence and dynamics.
Effects of neutral winds, atmospheric tides, and planetary and gravity waves on the neutral atmosphere densities and on the ionosphere.

AFRL INTERN goals are to provide students with real world experience in a National Lab setting to improve knowledge of the physical processes in the geospace environment and improve forecasting and specification of solar activity in addition to thermospheric neutral densities and ionospheric irregularities and scintillations. Work may include validating, enhancing, or extending solar, ionospheric, or thermospheric models; investigating or applying data assimilation techniques; or developing/extending statistical or empirical models; and understanding the coupling between the solar corona and solar wind, the magnetosphere and ionosphere, the lower atmosphere and thermosphere/ionosphere, and the equatorial, middle latitude, and Polar Regions.

Want to know more or how to apply? Contact Barbara Ransom at NSF (bransom@nsf.gov). This opportunity falls under the recent NSF/Air Force Research Lab INTERN Dear Colleague Letter (https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21029/nsf21029.jsp).