Thursday, July 20, 2006

Planetary Science Internship

Bit off topic. The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI : MPOW) has a wonderful summer intern program. Upper-level undergraduates get to work one-on-one with a staff scientist here or at the Johnson Space Center. They do real research, write an abstract and present their findings at a conference at the end of the summer. We get an exceptional group of about 12 students each year. However, applications tend to come from the same universities each year. We would like to broaden the application pool. If your institution has a geology, astronomy, or related department that would like to be informed of the program, please let me know. We are adding to our announcement mailing list.

Here are the projects the students are working on this summer

  • The Cambrian Carbon Isotope Record
  • Finite Difference Time Domain Simulations to Support Radar Sounding Investigations in the Martian Polar Terrains
  • Investigations of Early Earth Differentiation by High Pressure-Temperature Phase Equilibria of Natural Materials
  • Parametric Electromagnetic Characterization of Ice-Dust Mixtures to Support the MARSIS Data Analysis of the Mars Polar Layered Deposits
  • Investigations of Early Earth Differentiation by High Pressure-Temperature Phase Equilibria of Natural Materials
  • Synthesis of Carbonates under Martian Conditions Â? An Isotopic and Mineralogic Study
  • Automated Detection and Characterization of Martian Craters Using Topography Data
  • Mars Science Laboratory 2009 Â? Landing Site Selection for the Next Mars Rover
  • The Role of Ballistically Emplaced Impact Ejecta as a Resurfacing Agent on Mars
  • Flexural Stresses, Tectonics, and Magma Ascent at Large Volcanoes on Venus
  • Doublet and Elliptical Craters on Ganymede
  • Geochemical and Statistical Study of Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer and Mössbauer Spectrometer Data on Martian Rocks and Soils

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