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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 2019 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.

The requested research listing (ID 1798) is no longer available.

Project Title Disciplines Mentor  Posted 
Machine learning applications for formations of cubesats    Computer Science, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Shahrouz Alimo (JPL)  16-Jan-19
Machine learning applications for formations of quadcopters and balloons    Computer Science, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Shahrouz Alimo (JPL)  16-Jan-19
Cubesat technology innovations in launch and constellation applications    Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Shahrouz Alimo (JPL)  16-Jan-19
Machine Learning the Cosmos    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Computer Science Olivier Dore (JPL)  15-Jan-19
Galaxy formation and evolution over cosmic time on large scales    Astronomy/Astrophysics Tzu-Ching Chang (JPL)  15-Jan-19
Multiobjective Memetic Algorithms for Symbolic Regression – SURF@Newcastle    Mathematics, Computation and Neural Systems Pablo Moscato  15-Jan-19
The National Voter Registration Act    Political Science, History J. Morgan Kousser  15-Jan-19
Astrophysics of Massive Stars    Astronomy, Physics Jim Fuller  14-Jan-19
Aerospace Robotics    Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Robotics, Computer Science Soon-Jo Chung  14-Jan-19
Mounting and Aligning Optics for An Image Slicer on the Magellan IMACS Spectrograph    Mechanical Engineering, Optics / Physics / Astronomy Rosalie McGurk  14-Jan-19
Probing the Ambiguous Accretion-Powered Transient ASASSN-18zp    Astronomy Tom Holoien  14-Jan-19
Test and Characterization of Europa Clippers REASON Sounding Radar    Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering Mark Fischman (JPL)  14-Jan-19
Developing an instrument for underwater methane analysis    Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Max Coleman (JPL)  14-Jan-19
Probing Fundamental Physics and the Large Scale Structure of the Universe with Galaxy Redshift Surveys    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Physics/Applied Physics Olivier Dore (JPL)  11-Jan-19
Explosion Mechanism of Type Ia Supernovae     Astrophysics, Astronomy Syed Uddin  10-Jan-19
In vivo analysis of a cell wall sensor on plant vascular development    Biology Elliot Meyerowitz  10-Jan-19
Simulations of the Response of the EPI-Hi Instrument on the Parker Solar Probe Spacecraft    Physics, Computer Science Mark Wiedenbeck  09-Jan-19
Psychophysical studies of human cognitive control    Computer Science, Control and Dynamical Systems Ralph Adolphs  08-Jan-19
Mars Data Analysis    Planetary Science, Earth Science Matthew Golombek (JPL)  08-Jan-19
Analyzing the significance of affinity variations of cell surface proteins at wiring the nervous system    Biology, Neuroscience Kai Zinn  08-Jan-19
Natural Gas Data Visualization    Computer Science, Electrical Engineering Lance Christensen (JPL)  08-Jan-19
Genetic inventory of microbes present on spacecraft and spacecraft associated surfaces.    Biology/Bioengineering, Genetics, Microbiology, Biochemistry Lisa Guan (JPL)  08-Jan-19
Europa Clipper    Biology/Bioengineering, Biostatistics Hyung Park (JPL)  08-Jan-19
Europa Clipper Bulk Materials Database Development     Biology/Bioengineering, Microbiology Emily Seto (JPL)  08-Jan-19
Physics and Diagnostics of Plasma Thrusters    Physics/Applied Physics, Optics, Computer Programming Lee Johnson (JPL)  07-Jan-19
Galactic Archaeology with the Keck and Subaru Telescopes    Astronomy Evan Kirby  06-Jan-19
fMRI and intracranial recordings in epileptic patients during movie watching    Computer Science, Neurobiology Ralph Adolphs  05-Jan-19
Weak Gravitatiolnal Lensing as a Probe of Dark Matter and Dark Energy    Astronomy/Astrophysics, physics Jason Rhodes (JPL)  03-Jan-19
Defects in Metal-Halide Perovskites     Physics, Chemistry Michael Tonry  03-Jan-19
Supernova Neutrinos    Physics, Astronomy Kate Scholberg  03-Jan-19
Analysis of Dural Lymphatics in pathologic situations    Biochemistry, Neuroscience Jeff Chen  03-Jan-19
Analysis and development of a predictive model in Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke using multimodal brain monitoring    Neuroscience, Biochemistry Jeff Chen  03-Jan-19
Single-Molecule, Nanoscale Imaging of Biological Phenomena    Physics, Bioengineering Matthew Lew  03-Jan-19
GPU Accelerated Earth Science Data to Image Pyramid Generation    Computer Science, Mathematics Joe Roberts (JPL)  03-Jan-19
Symmetry and Homogeneity as Guiding Principles in Energy Materials Design    Applied Physics, Engineering Nicholas Stadie  03-Jan-19
Differences in mutation fitness effects between populations    Biology, Computer Science Ryan Gutenkunst  03-Jan-19
Constraints on Upwelling and Subduction on Venus from Radar Imaging, Topography, Composition, and Modeling    Geological/Geophysical Engineering, mathematics Suzanne Smrekar (JPL)  03-Jan-19
Mars 2020 LVS Field Test Support    Computer Science, Aerospace Engineering Yang Cheng (JPL)  02-Jan-19
Atmospheric Rivers : Science and Applications    Earth Science, Environmental Science Duane Waliser (JPL)  26-Dec-18
Regional Climate Modeling and Evaluation    Earth Science, Computer Science Duane Waliser (JPL)  26-Dec-18
Understanding Earth and Mars through Spectroscopy of Carbonate and Serpentine Mineral Mixtures    Geology, Planetary Science Rebecca Greenberger  20-Dec-18
Greenhouse Gas and Pollutant Measurements in the Los Angeles Basin using Remote Sensing Spectroscopy    Environmental Science, statistics, geography Stanley Sander (JPL)  20-Dec-18
Documenting Medieval Experimental Practices    English, History Jennifer Jahner  20-Dec-18
Effect of forced boundary layer transition on a lifting hypersonic vehicle with control surfaces    Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Applied Physics Daniel Araya  19-Dec-18
Phenotypes of Antibiotic Resistance    Medical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biology Ahmad Khalil  19-Dec-18
Lunar Exospher Miniturze Spectrometer     Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Seyedeh Sona Hosseini (JPL)  18-Dec-18
Investigating the Prion-like properties of mutant huntingtin     Biology, Biochemistry Ali Khoshnan  18-Dec-18
Investigating the impact of prebiotics on the progression of HD Investigating the impact of prebiotics on the progression of Huntington's disease     Biology, Biotechnology Ali Khoshnan  18-Dec-18
Programmable Conditional CRISPR/Cas9 Regulators for Scalable Synthetic Biology    Bioengineering, Synthetic Biology Niles A. Pierce  17-Dec-18
Microscopy for Life Detection    Physics/Applied Physics, Computer Science Christian Lindensmith (JPL)  14-Dec-18
Computer Simulations of polygonal patterns of vortices on Jupiter    Planetary Science, Astrophysics Andrew Ingersoll  13-Dec-18
Protein-Based Materials for Adaptive Camouflage and Bioelectronic Devices    Chemical Engineering, Chemistry Alon Gorodetsky  13-Dec-18
Novel MRI Methods    Computer Science, Mathematics Shreyas Vasanawala  11-Dec-18
GPS soil-moisture drone    Physics Jennifer Haase  10-Dec-18
Trimodal Peptide for Combined Image-Guided Surgery and Targeted Radiotherapy of Glioblastoma    Chemistry, Biology Michael Lewis  10-Dec-18
Electrify Everything: applications of electrochemical engineering for integration of renewables in the energy and chemical sectors    Chemical Engineering, Applied Physics James McKone  10-Dec-18
Engineering protein biogenesis pathways in yeast for biotechnology    Biochemistry, Bioengineering Justin Chartron  10-Dec-18
Simulating material microstructure evolution at the mesoscale    Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science Brandon Runnels  10-Dec-18
Deep Learning in the Natural Sciences (Astronomy, High-Energy Physics, Oceanography, or Climate Science)    Computer Science Peter Sadowski  10-Dec-18
Sub-10 nm lithography of novel resist materials using a transmission electron microscope    Applied Physics, Materials Science Axel Scherer  10-Dec-18
Fabrication of solid–liquid contacts for biosensors using microscale 3D printing    Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering Axel Scherer  10-Dec-18
Inhibition of a DNA repair enzyme to sensitize cancer cells to chemotherapy and radiation.     Biology, Biochemistry Judith Campbell  07-Dec-18
Eruption Timescales of the Columbia River Basalts    Geology, Geophysics Joseph Kirschvink  07-Dec-18
Synthetic genomes, life forms and functions    Bioengineering, Synthetic Biology Kaihang Wang  06-Dec-18
Analysis and Archiving of Near- and Mid-Infrared Observations of Jupiter and Saturn    Planetary Science, Computer Sciences Glenn Orton (JPL)  04-Dec-18
Time reversal violation in nuclear beta decay    Physics, Applied Physics John Behr  04-Dec-18
Multiple Projects in Galaxy Evolution    Astronomy, Computer Science, Physics Charles Steinhardt  30-Nov-18
Psyche Helix Tool Development    Computer Science, Other Engineering Disciplines Julie Wertz Chen (JPL)  30-Nov-18
Machine Learning and Data Analysis in Support of Europa Exploration    Computer Science, Planetary Science Kiri Wagstaff (JPL)  29-Nov-18
Protein biogenesis and quality control    Biology, Biochemistry Rebecca Voorhees  27-Nov-18
Computational Approaches to Biomolecular Imaging    Computer Science, Bioengineering Mikhail Shapiro  25-Nov-18
Acoustic Levitation for Applications in XUV-Spectroscopy    Chemistry, Electrical Engineering Scott Cushing  24-Nov-18
Next generation maps of the Hedgehog pathway metabolome    Multidisciplinary, Chemical Biology Alison Ondrus  18-Nov-18
Fast High-Order Algorithms for Partial Differential Equations in the Frequency and Time Domains    Applied and Computational Mathematics Oscar Bruno  17-Nov-18
Encoding of natural odors in the brain    Neuroscience, Computation and Neural Systems Elizabeth Hong  17-Nov-18
Opinion Formation on Networks    Applied and Computational Mathematics, Physics Franca Hoffmann  16-Nov-18
Searching for New Particles and Forces with Cold Molecules    Physics Nick Hutzler  16-Nov-18
Causal Inference    Philosophy, Neuroscience Frederick Eberhardt  06-Nov-18
Interface Design for the Complex Data Explorer (CODEX)    Computer Science, Interface Design Jack Lightholder (JPL)  31-Oct-18
Characterization of ISS microorganisms: Antibiotic profiling, biofilm formation, countermeasure development     Biology/Bioengineering, Computer Science Kasthuri Venkateswaran (JPL)  17-Oct-18
Sensor network development for Mars exploration    Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering Michael Wolf (JPL)  08-Oct-18
Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detectors for Deep Space Optical Communication    Physics/Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering Matthew Shaw (JPL)  08-Oct-18
Mars Exploration Software Test Suite Development    Computer Engineering, Computer Science Jack Lightholder (JPL)  08-Oct-18
Holographic Examination for Life-like Motility (HELM)    Computer Science, Any physical science, esp biology Lukas Mandrake (JPL)  08-Oct-18
Supercritical CO2 Extraction and on-line Chromatography for Ocean Worlds    Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, Instrument Development Bryana Henderson (JPL)  13-Sep-18
Mars 2020 Contamination Control    Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering Carlos Soares (JPL)  13-Sep-18
Kronoseismology: Saturn's Normal-Mode Oscillations    Planetary Science, Astronomy/Astrophysics Andrew Friedson (JPL)  13-Sep-18