Student-Faculty Programs Office
Summer 2017 Announcements of Opportunity

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Project:  Development of database Tool used to support the Planetary Protection
Disciplines:  Computer Science, Microbiology
Mentor:  Ryan Hendrickson, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 354-4114
Background:  The Planetary Protection group is responsible for determining and monitoring the bioburden of spacecraft destined for other moons or planets, like the M2020 rover. The NASA Standard Assay (NSA) verifies bioburden requirements by quantifying any aerobic, heterotrophic, heat-shock resistant, spore-forming isolates. These isolates are directly enumerated, recorded, and archived for future study. Currently, we utilize a VBA based database to store and analyze the information from the NSA. We are looking to approve upon the current VBA database tool by developing a python based database for the Planetary Protection group.
Description:  The objectives of the proposed project, are i) the development of a python based database for bioburden accounting and statistical analysis, ii) successful communication with other Planetary Protection programs currently in use
Student Requirements:  VBA, Python, Django, MySQL, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Programming, Microbiology
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: No.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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Problems with or questions about submitting an AO?  Call Jen Manglos of the Student-Faculty Programs Office at (626) 395-2885.
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