Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) is an undergraduate-to-graduate bridge program designed to broaden participation of historically underrepresented communities in the atmospheric and related sciences. SOARS Protégés can participate for up to four (4) summers conducting research in atmospheric and earth-system sciences. SOARS offers comprehensive financial support for summer research, conference travel, as well as undergraduate and graduate school funding.

SOARS invites students from multiple STEM disciplines — including chemistry, ecology, engineering, geography, mathematics, meteorology, physics, and the social sciences--to deepen their expertise in understanding the Earth’s Atmosphere. see the SOARS program website at link)

Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

PhD Fellowships Available in Space@VT (Opportunity: Open)

By: miker  on: Sun., Dec. 11, 2022 07:57 AM EST  (703 Reads)
Research groups in the Center for Space Science and Engineering Research (Space@VT) at Virginia Tech have funding available for students to enroll in the PhD program of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and pursue research in the emerging area of geospace data analytics. Successful applicants will work with Space@VT faculty on space weather specification and forecasting using globally distributed ground- and space-based datasets and numerical simulations. Applicants must be able to satisfy the admission requirements to the ECE PhD degree program. Candidates with suitable academic backgrounds in physics or engineering and advanced computer skills are encouraged to respond. Candidates should make the Fellowship sponsors aware of their interest by emailing a resume and statement of purpose to Prof. Joseph Baker ( Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

Seeking undergrad students - Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project

By: miker  on: Fri., Dec. 09, 2022 11:39 AM EST  (665 Reads)
Do you want to be in the shadow of the next two US solar eclipses? We need students for a project sponsored by NASA Space Grant to live-stream the April 2024 Total Solar Eclipse from the edge of space. An information session will be held (with light refreshments) on Monday Dec. 12th 3-4pm in Goodwin 145 and on zoom. The project will officially kick-off in January, and no prior experience is required to join the project. Through this project you will learn the fundamentals of high-altitude ballooning and work on the design, assembly, verification, and testing of project equipment including a ground station, Raspberry Pi camera payload, cutdown mechanism, data collection units, tracking systems, and payloads of your own design.

If you think you might be interested in this project but cannot make this time, still fill out the interest form ( so we know to reach out to you before next semester.

We hope to see you at the information session!
Ginny Smith and Kevin Sterne

Update on pyDARN: Frontiers Paper published and latest release of pyDARN software

By: miker  on: Mon., Dec. 05, 2022 11:41 AM EST  (449 Reads)
The open-source library of software for SuperDARN data visualization developed by the SuperDARN community and known as pyDARN has been reviewed in a paper published in Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Science by Xueling Shi and coauthors from the Data Visualization Working Group (DVWG):

Shi X, Schmidt M, Martin CJ, Billett DD, Bland E, Tholley FH, Frissell NA, Khanal K, Coyle S, Chakraborty S, Detwiller M, Kunduri B and McWilliams K (2022) pyDARN: A Python software for visualizing SuperDARN radar data. Front. Astron. Space Sci. 9:1022690. doi: 10.3389/fspas.2022.1022690

The paper is part of the Research Topic 'Snakes on a Spaceship - An Overview of Python in Space Physics.' It can be accessed at link)

The last major release of pyDARN was v3.0 on April 20, 2022 as announced by Carley Martin (University of Saskatchewan) on behalf of the Data Visualization Working Group (DVWG). See 'Read More' for how to install and more information.

Research Experience for Undergraduates: Boulder Solar REU Program (Opportunity: February 1, 2023)

By: miker  on: Sun., Dec. 04, 2022 11:15 PM EST  (384 Reads)
The University of Colorado Boulder invites undergraduates to apply for a paid summer research experience for highly motivated students interested in solar and space physics. Students will come to Boulder, Colorado for 10 weeks to work on a research project with a mentor. The topic areas span the field of solar and space physics, from instrument hardware to data analysis to modeling of the Sun, the Sun-Earth system, the near-Earth environment, or the heliosphere. Successful applicants will work with scientist mentors at one of eight Boulder institutes (see 'Read More'). For further details see link) and to request more information, email

Deadline for applications: February 1, 2023

NASA Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023 announced

By: miker  on: Sun., Dec. 04, 2022 03:24 PM EST  (491 Reads)
UCAR | CPAESS is pleased to announce the 2023 call for applications to the NASA Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowships, sponsored by the NASA Living With a Star (LWS) program. The two-year fellowships are designed to train the next generation of researchers in the emerging interdisciplinary field of Heliophysics. Early-career PhDs are matched with experienced scientists at U.S. host research institutions. There will be up to 5 positions available this year. For more information including how to apply see the program website at

Deadline for application: January 20, 2023
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