Welcome, Students!

Welcome to the Virginia Tech SuperDARN Student Interest Page. Here you will find information important to prospective, current, and future VT SuperDARN students, as well students with a general interest in Space Science. This includes information about the lab, news items of interest to students, and important training and policy information. If you have interest in SuperDARN or space related studies, please contact either Dr. Mike Ruohoniemi or Dr. Jo Baker.

The Virginia Tech SuperDARN radar group conducts research on Earth’s space environment using HF radars and allied instrumentation and operates the U.S. component of the international SuperDARN collaboration as an Upper Atmosphere Facility for the National Science Foundation. The activities of the group are student-centered and involve all facets of research, including hardware design, operations, data analysis, and collaborative support for the scientific community. The group is a component of the Space@VT research center within the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech.


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Archive of Student Items
Please visit our Archive of Student Items page for important information such as research ethics training and other important information all SuperDARN students need to know.

News Items of Student Interest
Many of the news items below represent excellent opportunities for interested students at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
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 28, 2022. 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 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 28, 2022. 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)
The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated advanced undergraduates who will be rising seniors in summer 2022 to apply for participation in the 14th annual NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2022). Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes. Participants will fly onboard a NASA research aircraft and assist in the operation of instruments to sample and measure atmospheric gases and aerosols and to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Along with airborne data collection, students will participate in taking measurements at field sites. Each student will complete an individual research project from the data collected. The eight-week program begins June 12, 2022 and concludes August 5, 2022.
Applicants must be US citizens. For more information and to apply: https://baeri.org/sarp(external link)
Application Deadline: January 26, 2022

NCAR HAO Postdoctoral Positions Available (Opportunity: December 10, 2021)

By: miker  on: Thu., Oct. 28, 2021 11:00 PM EDT  (175 Reads)
The High Altitude Observatory (HAO) at The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) offers postdoctoral fellowships to early career Ph.D. scientists interested in theoretical, experimental and observational studies of the solar and terrestrial system. Successful applicants will pursue research in collaboration with members of the HAO scientific staff. The HAO postdoc program is closely coordinated with the postdoc program of NCAR’s Advanced Study Program (ASP) and prospective applicants should apply through ASP and specify HAO as their host laboratory. See https://www2.hao.ucar.edu/partnerships/visitor-program/postdoctoral-fellows(external link) for further details.
Deadline for applications: December 10, 2021

NCAR Advanced Study Program for postdoctoral fellows (Opportunity: Dec. 10, 2021)

By: miker  on: Wed., Oct. 27, 2021 11:51 AM EDT  (209 Reads)
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) located in Boulder, Colorado sponsors postdoctoral fellowships through the Advanced Study Program (ASP) in areas broadly related to NCAR strategic priorities (https://ncar.ucar.edu/who-we-are/strategic-plan), including Earth system science and actionable science. Candidates should have completed their Ph.D. or should expect to complete their degree requirements by October 2022. Applications from all related fields are welcomed. Fellowships are for 2 years and carry an annual salary of $70,270, travel budget of $3500 annually, in addition to a relocation allowance and full health and retirement benefits.
Virginia Tech graduate Dr. Dong Lin is a current ASP postdoc and is available to answer questions about the program.
Review application instructions here: https://asp.ucar.edu/postdocs/prospective-applicants(external link)
For further information about this position and to submit your application, see this link: https://ucar.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UCAR_Careers/job/Mesa-Lab-Building/ASP-Postdoctoral-Fellow_REQ-2021-304-1(external link)

Application deadline: December 10, 2021
NCAR's Advanced Study Program (ASP) has announced a new program which provides a one-month internship at NCAR for graduate students who may be early in their career or who don't yet have a defined project that could serve as the basis for a full Graduate Visitor Program (GVP) experience. The GVP Bridge Program gives the student an opportunity to explore potential collaborations at NCAR with the goal of a longer visit in the future. Unlike the regular GVP process, this program does not require an application from an NCAR sponsor. See
https://asp.ucar.edu/graduate-visitors/gvp-bridge-program(external link)

The deadline for application is Nov. 30, 2021
NSF graduate student internships are available now to do space/geospace research with 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). Up to $55k/six-month NSF graduate student internships are available. The deadline for application is rapidly approaching.

For details see *Read more* or the website https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21029/nsf21029.jsp(external link)
The NASA Directorate of STEM Enjgagement has announced opportunities for professional development. To be eligible to submit a proposal, candidates must be U.S. citizens or a national who hold a bachelor's degree earned before Aug. 31, 2021; candidates must be enrolled in a master's or doctoral degree program no later than Sept. 1, 2021, and intend to pursue a research-based Masters or Ph.D. program in a NASA-relevant field. For each Fellow, his or her institution receives up to a $55,000 annual award ($50,000 for Master’s student and $55,000 for Doctoral student), pending available Congressional funding.
Note: MSI - Minority Serving Institution
Proposals are due:
June 30, 2021 for ​APPENDIX L: Program Element Two: MSI and Non-MSI Fellowship 2021
July 19, 2021 for APPENDIX M: Program Element Three: MSI and Non-MSI Fellowship 2021 Part 2
For full program details, visit: https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary!init.do?solId=%7b24E3CA0D-F71B-03FF-AD0E-AB283B3B1050%7d&path=open(external link)

NASA Postdoctoral Program Accepting Applications (Opportunity: July 1)

By: miker  on: Fri., June 04, 2021 05:40 PM EDT  (811 Reads)
The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) provides early-career and more senior scientists opportunities to share in NASA's mission. NASA Postdoctoral Fellows work on 1 to 3 year assignments with NASA scientists and engineers at NASA centers and institutes to advance NASA's missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics, engineering, human exploration and space operations, astrobiology, and science management. For eligibility requirements see 'Read More'.

For complete details see the NPP website at https://npp.usra.edu/(external link)

Deadline for Applications: July 1, 2021 6:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time

UCAR Next Generation Fellowship Application Open (Opportunity: June 15)

By: miker  on: Tue., May 18, 2021 12:01 PM EDT  (760 Reads)
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is accepting applications for the 2021-2023 Next Generation Fellowships. Three awardees will receive financial support and two summer visits. Graduate students working on a masters or doctoral degree in Earth system science are encouraged to learn more about the fellowship online. For a listing of specific fellowship opportunities click on 'Read More'. Full fellowship details are available at: https://www.ucar.edu/opportunities/fellowships/ucar-next-generation-fellowships(external link)

Application and two referral letters must be received by Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
Awards announced: August 3, 2021
Awards begin: Fall semester 2021
Summer visits begin: May/June 2022 & May/June 2023

For undergrads: Space Weather Coffee Talk - Thursday, April 15 4:00 - 4:45 PM

By: miker  on: Thu., Mar. 18, 2021 12:33 PM EDT  (4987 Reads)
An informal on-line conversation will be held Thursday, April 15 4:00 - 4:45 PM on behalf of undergrads with interests in space science and engineering. The event is sponsored by the NASA DRIVE Center for Geospace Storms and involves several universities including Virginia Tech. A panel of young researchers will describe their paths into this field and offer insights on how today's undergrad can get involved.

See 'Read More' for information on how to attend. There is an optional registration that will connect you to receive emails about student opportunities in this field.

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