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 http://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 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 http://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)
Space@VT doctoral graduate Dong Lin has pointed out that NCAR hosts a program that makes it possible for graduate students to visit for periods ranging from a few months to a full year. In the words of the program announcement: 'NCAR's Advanced Study Program's Graduate Student (GVP) Fellowship is an excellent way to spend time at NCAR and work on parts of your thesis, or final project equivalent, with guidance from NCAR scientists and engineers. The GVP also is an opportunity to develop research collaborations at NCAR and to participate in professional development workshops and seminars.' The website for the program is https://asp.ucar.edu/graduate-visitors/graduate-visitor-program(external link)
Dong, now an ASP Postdoctoral Fellow at High Altitude Observatory, has offered to answer questions about the program and further opportunities. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2019

2020 Jack Eddy Postdoctoral fellowships in Heliophysic Announced

By: miker  on: Wed., Sep. 18, 2019 02:13 PM EDT  (104 Reads)
UCAR is pleased to announce the 2020 call for applications for the Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship program sponsored by NASA’s Living with a Star (LWS) program. These fellowships are designed to train the next generation of researchers in the emerging field of heliophysics. Heliophysics embraces all aspects of the Sun-Solar System, and includes many of the basic physical processes found in the laboratory, the solar system, and throughout the universe. These processes generally involve the interactions of ionized gases (plasmas) with gravitational and electro-magnetic fields, and with neutral matter. The physical domain of heliophysics ranges from deep inside the Sun to the Earth’s upper atmosphere.

Jack Eddy Fellowships provide a unique opportunity to go where few have gone before! Fellows are UCAR employees and receive a fixed annual salary, UCAR’s extensive benefits package, and allowances for relocation, travel and publications. Appointments will be announced by April 1, 2020.

Application Deadline: January 17, 2020
To apply for the fellowship and for more information and please visit: https://cpaess.ucar.edu/heliophysics/jack-eddy/how-postdocs-apply(external link)
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New release of the Radar Software Toolkit (RST) announced - Version 4.3

By: miker  on: Fri., Sep. 06, 2019 02:43 PM EDT  (270 Reads)
On behalf of co-Chair Emma Bland (UNIS) and the SuperDARN Data Analysia Working Group (DAWG), co-Chair Kevin Sterne (VT) has announced that the latest version of the Radar Software Toolkit (RST) has been released. This is a comprehensive package of software for processing and analyzing SuperDARN radar data. The previous release, version 4.2, occurred a little over a year ago. In Kevin's words: 'You can download..by pulling from the repository's master branch or by downloading one of these files:
https://github.com/SuperDARN/rst/archive/v4.3.zip(external link)
https://github.com/SuperDARN/rst/archive/v4.3.tar.gz(external link) '
Notes on the release are available via the repository's release page and are copied to the 'Read More' section of this announcement.

Note that a new DOI entry has been created with this release. The software package can be cited with:

Evan Thomas, Kevin Sterne, Simon Shepherd, kkotyk, Marina Schmidt, pasha-ponomarenko, … Michal Krzysztofowicz. (2019, September 6). SuperDARN/rst: RST 4.3 (Version v4.3). Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3401622(external link)

VT SuperDARN graduate Evan Thomas wins AGU early-career award

By: miker  on: Tue., Aug. 06, 2019 12:13 PM EDT  (357 Reads)
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) announced the 2019 Section awardees on July 31, 2019. Dr. Evan Thomas has won the Basu United States Early Career Award for Research in Sun-Earth Science from the Space Physics and Aeronomy Section. Evan is a 2016 doctoral graduate from the VT SuperDARN Group (advised by Jo Baker and Mike Ruohoniemi) and a past awardee of a NSF postdoctoral research fellowship (performed at Dartmouth College under Dr. Simon Shepherd). He is now research faculty at Dartmouth College and is very active across the SuperDARN collaboration.

The citation for the award reads: 'For significant work that shows the focus and promise of making outstanding contributions to research in Sun-Earth systems science that further the understanding of both plasma physical processes and their applications for the benefit of society.'

Congratulations, Evan!

VT SuperDARN Graduate Student Muhammad Rafiq wins Poster Prize in CEDAR 2019 Competition

By: miker  on: Mon., June 24, 2019 02:09 PM EDT  (481 Reads)
PhD candidate Muhammad Rafiq won 2nd place in the MLT Student Poster prize competition held during the CEDAR 2019 Workshop in Santa Fe, June 17-21, 2019. The bibliographic details of his poster were: 'Maimaiti, M., B. Kunduri, J.M. Ruohoniemi, J.B. H. Baker, DATA04 - A Deep Learning Based Approach to Predict the Onset of Magnetic Substorms'. The competition was fierce as a total of 51 posters were entered for judging in the MLT category. Former VT SuperDARN graduate students also took away prizes - Mr. Pratik Joshi at University of Illinois (IT, 2nd place) and Ms. Garima Malhotra at University of Michigan (MLT, Honorable mention). Virginia Tech was especially well represented this year with at least six poster presentations by early-career researchers (see 'Read More').

Congratulations to Muhammad and all the prize winners!

(Photo credit: Astrid Maute)
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