STEM Bridge Scholarships Available for 2018-2019

By: miker  on: Wed., Jan. 31, 2018 01:52 PM EST  (340 Reads)
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) has announced that applications are being accepted for $1,000 STEM Bridge Scholarships to sophomores from any federally recognized minority group. Students must be enrolled full-time in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities. Awards are renewable for one year. The deadline for applications is March 12, 2018.

For more information, and to complete the online application for 2018-2019, please contact Joyce Kuberek at or visit: http://vsgc.odu.edu/sf/Bridge(external link)
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Space@VT Summer 2018 Internships website now open

By: miker  on: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018 01:32 PM EST  (373 Reads)
There are opportunities for undergrad students to participate as summer interns in research carried out by Space@VT research groups. The website for Summer 2018 applications is now open. Please fill out the form and attach your resume at https://goo.gl/forms/48q0iyTzmuRWbCGB2(external link)

Submissions close on March 1st.

You can find a high-level list of research topics at https://space.vt.edu/research.html.(external link)

VT PhD Graduate and current VT student win an excellence award for 2017 solar eclipse experiment

By: miker  on: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017 02:07 PM EST  (532 Reads)
The Yasme Foundation Board of Directors has announced that Dr. Nathaniel Frissell, a former student in the VT SuperDARN group, and Magda Moses, a current Space@VT student, have received a Yasme Foundation 2017 Excellence Award. The award is for 'creating and leading the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) organization that sponsored the Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SQEP)...the largest Amateur Radio experiment ever devised.' Nathaniel is now an assistant professor at NJIT and is preparing to ship out to Antarctica. The full text of the citation can be found at
http://www.arrl.org/news/yasme-foundation-announces-excellence-awards-and-supporting-grant(external link) and a related HamSCI article is posted at http://hamsci.org/article/w2naf-and-km4ege-win-yasme-foundation-excellence-award(external link)

Congratulations, Magda and Nathaniel! (Photo from the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting.)
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VT SuperDARN student Xueling Shi passes PHD Preliminary Exam

By: miker  on: Thu., Nov. 09, 2017 12:40 PM EST  (454 Reads)
Xueling Shi successfully sat her PhD Preliminary Exam on Monday, November 6 before a committee of six professors. Xueling has authored and co-authored papers using satellite and radar data to study ULF pulsations in the coupled magnetosphere-ionosphere system. She is currently performing a comprehensive survey of Pc3-4 and Pc5 pulsations using data collected by the SuperDARN radars operating in the high-resolution THEMIS mode. Xueling is a recipient of a prestigious 2017 NASA Earth and Space Fellowship. She now passes into PhD Candidate status.

Congratulations, Xueling!

Photo credit: Dong Lin
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VT SuperDARN student Muhammad Rafiq passes PhD Qualifying Exam

By: miker  on: Wed., Nov. 08, 2017 01:19 PM EST  (507 Reads)
Muhammad Rafiq successfully sat his PhD Preliminary Exam on Wednesday, November 1 before a committee of six professors. Muhammad has authored and co-authored several papers on the drivers of ionospheric plasma convection at high latitudes and is currently leading on research into the nature of convection at subauroral latitudes using data from the mid-latitude SuperDARN radars. He is advised by Drs. Jo Baker and Mike Ruohoniemi. Muhammad now passes into PhD candidate status.

Congratulations, Muhammad!

Photo shows Muhammad pointing to a poster that describes some of his findings at subauroral latitudes (credit: Shibaji Chakraborty)
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Fort Hays Reflector Rebuild Trip Part 2, Aug. 2017

By: ksterne  on: Wed., Oct. 04, 2017 11:16 AM EDT  (1295 Reads)
Following the May 2017 trip, the west main reflector array still needed to be rebuilt with a little over half of the wires still needing to be strung up. This trip would also serve as the last tune up of the radar prior to the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017.
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