REU Student Airborne Research Project
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June 9 through August 2, 2013, Southern California Applications accepted November 15, 2012-February 8, 2013
The NASA Airborne Science Program announces the opportunity for highly motivated junior and senior undergraduates to participate in an 8-week summer 2013 internship program in Earth system science using its DC-8 flying laboratory.
The NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) is managed by the National Suborbital Education and Research Center (www.nserc.und.edu). SARP 2013 will take place in Southern California with research locations based at the University of California, Irvine and at the NASA Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale.
Participants will acquire hands-on research experience in all aspects of a scientific campaign, including flying onboard a major NASA resource that is used for studying Earth system processes, calibration and validation of space-borne observations, and prototyping instruments for possible satellite missions.
Participants will work in four multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes. Participants will assist in the operation of instruments onboard the DC-8 aircraft to sample and measure atmospheric gases 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.
Mission faculty and research mentors will guide participants through instrument operation, sample analysis, and data reduction. Each student will develop an individual research project from the data collected and will deliver a final presentation on their results. Many students in the past have gone on to present their research at national conferences.
Applicants must have a strong academic background in any of the physical, chemical, or biological sciences, or engineering and an interest in applying their background to the study of the Earth system. We especially encourage applications from students majoring in Earth, environmental or atmospheric sciences and related disciplines.
Applications can be found at the SARP 2013 website:
DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS IS FEBRUARY 8, 2013
Specific questions about the program can be emailed to: