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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.

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Project:  Lunar Exospher Miniturze Spectrometer
Disciplines:  Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Mentor:  Seyedeh Sona Hosseini, (JPL),, Phone: (626) 660-5447
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
Background:  Water is important for us! We drink water but also, in general life, as we know it, depends on water. Studying about the creation of water and it's transfer in the Solar System contains information about the evolution of Solar System and how did water end up on the Earth. One of the approaches to study where the water on Earth came from is by studying OD/OH ration on various objects in the Solar System. However, the OD/OH emission in 308nm is very faint and a very difficult measurement to make, often required in situ mass spectrometers to be sent to the astronomical bodies with spacecraft. In my lab at JPL, we have developed a new technology that has the can potentially make these measurements remotely using small aperture telescopes.
Description:  The student will be involved in a project to develop a Miniaturized spectrometer for Lunar robots, electronics, mechanics and integration. The student will be responsible to take notes and document the process of working and progressing between groups in JPL and other companies. Also depending the background of the student/she would be involved in reviewing the system requirements and integration.
Student Requirements:  Chemistry of water, water molecule and hydrogen isotopes.
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 

Click on a program name for program info and application requirements.

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