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.

PhD Fellowships in Geospace Data Analytics at Virginia Tech

By: miker  on: Sun., June 19, 2022 02:46 PM EDT  (117 Reads)
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech has funding available for students to enroll in its PhD program and pursue research in the emerging area of geospace data analytics. Successful applicants will work with faculty in the Center for Space Science and Engineering Research (Space@VT) to conduct fundamental research on space weather specification and forecasting using globally distributed ground- and space-based datasets and numerical simulations. Outstanding candidates with advanced computer programming skills and academic backgrounds in physics or engineering are encouraged to respond. Potential applicants should make the Fellowship sponsors aware of their interest by emailing a resume and statement of purpose to Prof. Joseph Baker (jo.baker@vt.edu). Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.
The Boulder Space Weather Summer School (SWSS) is a two-week program, funded by NSF and hosted by HAO, that gives students a comprehensive introduction to the science of space weather: what it is, what it does, and what can be done about it. The theme is the physics of space weather and its impacts on the space environment, spacecraft, astronauts and ground based systems. Students will learn from leading researchers in the field and experts in forecasting space weather and meet other students working in the field. The program will appeal to graduate students starting their research careers in space physics as well as selected undergraduate students interested in exploring the topic.

The school wil be held July 18 – 29, 2022, in person in Boulder, CO (circumstances permitting). For more information see https://www2.hao.ucar.edu/SWSS(external link)

Application Deadline: June 3, 2022

Heliophysics Summer School to be held online Aug. 1-12, 2022 (Opportunity: May 6, 2022)

By: miker  on: Thu., Apr. 28, 2022 11:26 PM EDT  (613 Reads)
During this two-week NASA funded summer school hosted by UCAR, participants will dive into physics connecting global models to remote and in-situ measurements, learn from leading experts in the field, use prototype visualizations tools to recreate data from a spacecraft flying through the magnetosphere, and connect with other early career researchers. The program will appeal to advanced graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who want to broaden their understanding of fundamental processes across all disciplines of heliophysics.

The school will be held remotely Aug. 1 - 12, 2022. For more information see https://cpaess.ucar.edu/heliophysics/summer-school(external link)

Application deadline: May 6, 2022

2022 ISR Summer School to be held July 17-22 at Boston University (Opportunity: April 27, 2022)

By: miker  on: Wed., Apr. 20, 2022 04:06 PM EDT  (1013 Reads)
The 2022 Incoherent Scatter Radar (ISR) Summer School will be held in-person only at Boston University between July 17-22. The summer school’s goal is to train students in the theory and concepts of incoherent scatter radar, and allows for hands-on opportunities to design and run experiments at ISR facilities. This year’s school will focus on mid-latitude / subauroral observations using the Millstone Hill ISR, operated by MIT Haystack Observatory as part of the NSF supported Millstone Hill Geospace Facility. Details about school lectures and the application procedure can be found at the following web site:
https://amisr.com/school(external link)
Deadline for application: April 27, 2022

Virginia Space Grant Consortiums' STEM Bridge Scholarships for 2022-2023 Now Accepting Applications

By: miker  on: Tue., Mar. 08, 2022 10:22 AM EST  (1054 Reads)
Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Bridge Scholarships of $1,000 to students who will be sophomores or juniors. Students from any federally recognized minority group in STEM and enrolled full-time in a program of STEM at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities (William & Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech) are strongly encouraged to apply. Allied Health Science majors are not eligible for this program. The application deadline is March 11, 2022 and letters of reference are due March 18, 2022.

For more information see 'Read More'
The Institute of Space Weather Sciences (ISWS) at the New Jersey Institute of Technology will host a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in the summer of 2022 (May 23 to July 29, 2022), funded by the National Science Foundation.

Undergraduate students in STEM fields will be invited to Newark, New Jersey for 10 weeks to engage in cutting-edge solar physics, terrestrial physics, space weather, and big data research with space physicists, astronomers, and computer scientists. Students will be provided a stipend of $6,000 for the 10-week program. Additionally, travel, meal allowance, and accommodation are provided to each student. Applications by members of under-represented groups are encouraged. For more information about the program and online application, please visit the ISWS REU website: https://sites.google.com/njit.edu/iswsreu/home(external link)
Deadline for applications: Mar. 1, 2022
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)

Information about paid summer research positions for undergrads and grads (Opportunity: Open)

By: miker  on: Mon., Jan. 10, 2022 12:10 PM EST  (994 Reads)
The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) designs and implements strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on diverse underrepresented groups. Towards this end, the IBP has created the website www.PathwaysToScience.org(external link) as a resource to help students find paid summer research programs and fully funded STEM graduate programs. The site has a searchable database of 600+ undergrad summer research positions and 60+ graduate summer research programs, all paid and fully funded. Deadlines are approaching!
Direct link to the searchable database:
https://pathwaystoscience.org/programs.aspx?descriptorhub=SummerResearch_Summer%20Research%20Opportunity(external link)

HAO Announces Newkirk Graduate Research Fellowship (Opportunity: March 1, 2022)

By: miker  on: Thu., Jan. 06, 2022 11:29 AM EST  (865 Reads)
The High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research announces the availability of Newkirk Fellowships. The Newkirk Fellowship provides financial support to graduate students for research visits to HAO, allowing for 3 to 6 months per year in a single visit. The total supported length is 9 months, which can be spread out over up to 3 years. Newkirk Fellows will work with guidance from HAO scientists and engineers on projects related to their thesis, qualifying exams, or other research projects within the scope of HAO research including study of the Earth's upper atmosphere, solar physics and solar-terrestrial physics through observation, theory and instrumentation. To be eligible for the fellowship, the student must be enrolled full-time in a university graduate program having common interest with HAO research goals. The program website is https://www2.hao.ucar.edu/partnerships/visitor-program/newkirk-fellowship(external link) and the application deadline for fellowships starting in 2022 is March 1, 2022.
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

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