The 2021 Incoherent Scatter (IS) Radar Summer School will be held virtually July 19-24. The school provides students with experience in designing and running experiments on IS radars. These large and powerful facilities are used to study the ionosphere and space weather by providing critical measurements of ionospheric plasma and the upper atmosphere. IS radars operate in the equatorial, mid-latitude, and high-latitude regions. The IS Radar summer school is suitable for graduate and advanced undergraduate students and attendance is limited. Apply using the summer school web site: https://amisr.com/school(external link)
The deadline for application submission is March 5, 2021.

Photo: Poker Flat Incoherent Scatter Radar (PFISR) located in central Alaska
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)

Release of Radar Software Toolkit, RST4.5, and How-to-Cite information

By: miker  on: Wed., Jan. 20, 2021 10:38 AM EST  (29 Reads)
On behalf of the SuperDARN Data Analysis Working Group, Co-chair Emma Bland (UNIS) has announced a new minor release of the Radar Software Toolkit, RST4.5. The release can be downloaded from http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4435297.(external link) For more information, click 'Read More'.

How to cite the software in publications:
SuperDARN Data Analysis Working Group, Thomas, E.G., Schmidt, M.T., Bland, E.C., Burrell, A.G., Ponomarenko, P.V., Reimer, A.S., Sterne, K.T., Walach, M.-T. (2021, January 13). SuperDARN Radar Software Toolkit (RST) 4.5 (Version v4.5). Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4435297(external link)

HAO: Newkirk Graduate Research Fellowship (Opportunity: March 1, 2021)

By: miker  on: Tue., Jan. 12, 2021 11:22 PM EST  (128 Reads)
The High Altitude Observatory (HAO) of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) located in Boulder, Colorado 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. Application deadline for fellowships starting in 2021 is March 1, 2021. Program website: https://www2.hao.ucar.edu/partnerships/visitor-program/newkirk-fellowship(external link)
VT student and SuperDARN intern Ian Kelley is participating in the 2019 Greenland Climate and Space Science Research for Undergraduates program. He has reached Summit Station, located at the highest point on the Greenland ice sheet, 10,530 ft above sea level. He arrived in Greenland on a C-130 flight that landed in Kangerlussaq. Virginia Tech professor Bob Clauer is one of the program mentors (look for the grey beard). The purpose of the program is to enable research experiences in mapping climatic conditions for students from Hampton University, University of Albany, University of Michigan, and Virginia Tech.
>> Update: January 2021 >> This trip has been made into a documentary, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ-V2KL0boo(external link)
and click 'Read More' for an outline by Prof. Bob Clauer (ret.) who co-lead the expedition.


The 2021 NCAR Earth System Science Internship (NESSI) program (Opportunity: February 7, 2021)

By: miker  on: Fri., Jan. 08, 2021 10:07 AM EST  (131 Reads)
The NCAR Earth System Science Internship (NESSI) is accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students interested in conducting research in the Earth system sciences with NCAR scientists. Research topics include but are not limited to atmospheric science, computational science, engineering, and solar & space physics. The NESSI program is hosted by the NCAR office of Education & Outreach. The program is designed to support and promote Earth system science through research, mentoring, and community building. The application deadline is February 7, 2021.

Program website: https://ncar.ucar.edu/what-we-offer/education-outreach/undergraduate-graduate-programs/nessi(external link)
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