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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2018 can be found here.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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Project:  Dust devils on Mars
Disciplines:  Planetary Science, Astronomy
Mentor:  Leslie Tamppari, (JPL), Leslie.K.Tamppari@jpl.nasa.gov, Phone: (818) 393-1226
Mentor URL:  https://science.jpl.nasa.gov/people/Tamppari/  (opens in new window)
Background:  Mars is a very dusty planet. Observing this dust can tell us about atmospheric motions and about sources and sinks of dust. Dust devils may be a key phenomena in lifting dust into the atmosphere and may be a clue to global dust storm generation. Dust can also affect landed spacecraft by deposition onto solar panels reducing power and dust getting into instruments. Dust devils can 'clean' solar panels by lifting dust off of them, thus giving increased power and science return.
Description:  Dust devils were previously studied via their tracks on the surface with the Mars Global Surveyor camera in the Phoenix landing area in preparation for the Phoenix mission. A follow on study examined them with Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Context camera data (unpublished). This study showed some short-timescale changes in these tracks, which has not been published previously. This project would continue this work, place the work in context, and ideally produce a manuscript to document the work.
References:  Drake, N. B., L. K. Tamppari, R. D. Baker, B. A. Cantor, and A. S. Hale, 2006. Dust devil tracks and wind streaks in the North Polar Region of Mars: A study of the 2007 Phoenix Mars Lander Sites, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L19S02, doi: 10.1029/2006GL026270.
Student Requirements:  Required: Geology or atmospheric science background. Computer programming skills.
Desired: Planetary science background. Programming in IDL or Matlab. Image processing background.
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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