PRIC Visitor Jianjun Liu makes working trip to the Blackstone radar

By: miker  on: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020 03:54 PM EST  (66 Reads)
Dr. Jianjun Liu from the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) made a working trip to the SuperDARN Blackstone site on January 13, 2020 and assisted in bringing this radar back on line. The crew included SuperDARN regulars Kevin Sterne and Mike Ruohoniemi and Virginia Tech undergrad Ian Kelley who performed significant diagnostics on the damaged parts. The PRIC is a member of the international SuperDARN collaboration (PI: Dr. Hongqiao Hu) and operates a SuperDARN radar at the Chinese Antarctic base at Zhongshan Station where Jianjun wintered over during a 14 month stay. He has been visiting the VT SuperDARN group since December and will return home later this week. The photo shows (from left to right) Jianjun, Kevin, and Mike standing in front of the Blackstone electronics.

Photo credit: Ian Kelley
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 31, 2020. See 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 31, 2020. See link)

For a complete listing of posted student internships click on the menu item 'Student Opportunities' or directly on link)

2020 Boulder Space Weather Summer School now accepting applications

By: miker  on: Thu., Jan. 09, 2020 02:47 PM EST  (56 Reads)
The Boulder Space Weather Summer School (SWSS) will be held June 29 – July 10, 2020 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) located in scenic Boulder, Colorado. The SWSS is a comprehensive two-week introduction to the science of space weather: what it is, what it does, and what can be done about it. The SWSS curriculum integrates the fundamental science of the Sun-Earth system with the impacts of space weather, and has a particular emphasis on modeling and forecasting. The School is broadly designed for graduate students who are considering space weather or space physics as a research field, as well as active practitioners from government and industry (for example, space weather forecasters). Admission is also open to advanced undergraduate students. For further information, and instructions on how to apply, see: link)

Application deadline: March 1, 2020

NASA Research Announcement (NRA) NNH20ZHA001N: NASA Fellowship Activity 2020 Inbox x

By: miker  on: Wed., Jan. 08, 2020 10:47 AM EST  (44 Reads)
NASA Office of STEM Engagement (OSE) opened a call for graduate research proposals on December 23, 2019. The NASA Research Announcement (NRA) NNH20ZHA001N: NASA Fellowship Activity 2020 is seeking student-authored and independently conceived graduate research proposals responding to a NASA Research Opportunity listed in the solicitation. The 2020 NASA Fellowship Activity is designed to support OSE objectives and provide academic institutions the ability to enhance graduate-level learning and development. The program details and requirements are outlined in the solicitation document.

To be eligible to submit a proposal, candidates must be U.S. citizens or a national who hold a bachelor's degree in a STEM field earned before Aug. 31, 2020. Candidates must be enrolled in a Master's or Doctoral degree program no later than Sept. 1, 2020, and intend to pursue a research-based Master’s or Ph.D. program in a NASA-relevant field.

Proposals are due February 21, 2020.

Chinese grad student Ms. Ke Li concludes visit with VT SuperDARN Group

By: miker  on: Tue., Jan. 07, 2020 04:07 PM EST  (62 Reads)
Ke Li has been visiting with the SuperDARN group and assisting her supervisor, Dr. Erxiao Lui, since October. She is a graduate student at the School of Communication Engineering at Hangzhou Dianzi University. During her stay Ke made a presentation to the group on her experience as a student and conducted research under the supervision of Dr. Lui and Dr. Ruohoniemi. She now returns home in time to celebrate Chinese New Year. The members of the VT SuperDARN group wish her the best!

Pictured: Shibaji Chakraborty, Bharat Kunduri, Erxiao Lui, Mike Ruohoniemi, Ke Li, Jo Baker, JianJun Liu (visiting from the Polar Research Institute of China, Shanghai)

Photo credit: Augustine Yellu
The Jicamarca Radio Observatory (JRO) located near Lima, Peru is the venue for a summer school that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and operated by the Geophysical Institute of Peru. JIREP is an international internship program that is offered to junior/senior undergraduate, and/or first and second year graduate students. The program will cover the travel expenses (to and from Lima) as well as a reasonable stipend. Students with interests in atmospheric and ionospheric science and radar techniques, electronics, RF, instrumentation and computer science are encouraged to apply. If you would like to discuss this possibility with interested VT faculty, contact Dr. Mike Ruohoniemi ( or Dr. Jo Baker ( or any faculty member in the Space@VT research center listed at link) The application deadline is February 20, 2020 and the JIREP web site is link)
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