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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.

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. Click here for more tips on finding a mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

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

Project Title Disciplines Mentor  Posted 
Membrane protein biogenesis    Biology, Biochemistry Rebecca Voorhees  23-Jan-20
Planets, Stars, Black Holes, and Galaxies on a Computer    Astrophysics, Physics Philip Hopkins  23-Jan-20
Context-aware Autonomous Navigation for future Mars Rovers    Computer Science, Computer Engineering Shreyansh Daftry (JPL)  21-Jan-20
Optimization Methods to Improve Rover Planning Horizon    Computer Science, Robotics/Optimization Shreyansh Daftry (JPL)  21-Jan-20
MAARS: Machine learning-based Analytics for Automated Rover Systems: ML algorithm implementation and testing    Computer Science, Robotics Shreyansh Daftry (JPL)  21-Jan-20
GPS-Inertial Navigation for Mars Science Helicopter Field Tests    Computer Science, State Estimation, Sensor Fusion Jeff Delaune (JPL)  21-Jan-20
Collaborative Virtual Reality Enabled Science    Computer Science, Data Visualization, Computer-Human Interaction Santiago Lombeyda  17-Jan-20
Collaborative Virtual Reality Enabled Science    Computer Science, Data Visualization, Computer-Human Interaction Santiago Lombeyda  17-Jan-20
Human Magnetoreception in the Southern Hemisphere: Investigation of native speakers of geocentric languages in Australia    Computation and Neural Systems, Computer Science Joseph Kirschvink  16-Jan-20
Advanced Software Development for the Machine Learning and Instrument Automation (MLIA) group    Computer Science, Statistics, Machine Learning Maria Liukis (JPL)  14-Jan-20
Greenhouse Gas and Pollutant Measurements in the Los Angeles Basin using Remote Sensing Spectroscopy    Environmental Science, statistics, geography Stanley Sander (JPL)  13-Jan-20
Detecting bias in ice age reconstructions    Geology, Applied and Computational Mathematics Tamara Pico  10-Jan-20
Characterizing the Effects of Strain on Metal Halide Perovskite Thin-Film Stability    Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry Michael Toney  09-Jan-20
Machine Learning Using Analytic Continued Fractions and Memetic Algorithms - Come to SURF@Newcastle    Computation and Neural Systems, Math, Computer Science, ACM, Physcis Pablo Moscato  09-Jan-20
Probing Cosmology with Large Scale Galaxy Redshift Surveys    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Physics/Applied Physics Olivier Dore (JPL)  08-Jan-20
Summer Research with Aerospace Robotics and Control Lab    Aeronautics, Computer Science Soon-Jo Chung  08-Jan-20
Machine Learning for Planetary Science Images to Support Content-Based Search    Computer Science, Planetary Science You Lu (JPL)  07-Jan-20
High resolution laboratory spectroscopy for planetary remote sensing    Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, Physics Keeyoon Sung (JPL)  07-Jan-20
Adaptive Optics for Laser Communication    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Optical Engineering Seth Meeker (JPL)  07-Jan-20
Exoplanets in Multi-star Systems    Astronomy, Astrophysics Calen Henderson  06-Jan-20
Single-Molecule, Nanoscale Imaging of Biological Phenomena    Applied Physics, Bioengineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics Matthew Lew  03-Jan-20
Single-cell multi-omics and imaging for translational cancer research    Biology, Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering Wei Wei  02-Jan-20
Science with the orbitize! open-source Python package for exoplanet orbit-fitting    Astronomy, Computer Science Dimitri Mawet  22-Dec-19
Programmable Conditional CRISPR/Cas9 Regulators for Scalable Synthetic Biology    Bioengineering, Synthetic Biology Niles Pierce  22-Dec-19
Encoding of odors from natural sources in the fly brain    Neuroscience, Bioengineering Elizabeth Hong  19-Dec-19
Next Generation Genome Synthesis and Engineering Technologies    Bioengineering, Biology Kaihang Wang  19-Dec-19
Simulating Galactic Archaeology the Subaru Prime Focus Spectrograph    Astronomy Evan Kirby  18-Dec-19
Contamination Control Analysis     Materials Engineering, Aerospace Engineering John Alred (JPL)  16-Dec-19
Advanced Microscopy for Life Detection    Physics/Applied Physics, Computer Science Christian Lindensmith (JPL)  16-Dec-19
Ultrasound neuromodulation of human brain    Neuroscience, Bioengineering Shinsuke Shimojo  12-Dec-19
Prototyping and testing balloon payloads and cubesat subsystems    Aerospace Engineering, Robotics Adrian Stoica (JPL)  12-Dec-19
Data analysis for spatial genomics    Computer Science, Data Science Long Cai  12-Dec-19
Automated instrument for single cell spatial genomics    Electrical Engineering, Computer Science Long Cai  12-Dec-19
The Democracy Cycle: How Vote Suppression Has Followed Voter Expansion and What We Can Do about It    History, law J. Morgan Kousser  10-Dec-19
Flume experiments of permafrost riverbank thaw    Geology Michael Lamb  09-Dec-19
Time-dependent shock-boundary layer interactions (SBLI) in hypersonic flow    Aeronautics, Mechanical Engineering Joanna Austin  07-Dec-19
Editing of gut microbiota to reduce brain pathology in Huntington’s disease     Neuroscience, Biology Ali Khoshnan  06-Dec-19
Molecular and neurobiological basis of social and symbiotic evolution    Biology, Evolution, Neurobiology, Chemical Biology Joseph Parker  06-Dec-19
Multiple Projects in Galaxy Evolution    Astronomy, Computer Science, Physics Charles Steinhardt  05-Dec-19
Guided ion beam mass spectrometry    Chemistry, Physics, Biology Peter Armentrout  05-Dec-19
Propagation of highly charged ions through unstructured electrostatic potential grids    Computer Science, Applied Mathematics Dragan Nikolic (JPL)  04-Dec-19
Genome Encyclopedia of Spacecraft Associated Microbes (GESAM)    Biology/Bioengineering, Microbiology Parag Vaishampayan (JPL)  02-Dec-19
A cooperative game model with Externalities    Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Applied Math, Economics Kevin Tang  26-Nov-19
Closed-loop Exoskeleton System    Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering J.-C. Chiao  26-Nov-19
Wearable Sensor to Detect Risk of Sepsis    Electrical Engineering, Biochemistry J.-C. Chiao  26-Nov-19
Phase field modeling of faceted microstructure    Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science Brandon Runnels  26-Nov-19
Resilience of neuronal activity in brain circuits    Neuroscience, Computation and Neural Systems Carlos Lois  24-Nov-19
SURF Fellowships at the Owens Valley Radio Observatory    Astronomy, Engineering James Lamb  22-Nov-19
A Framework for Multi-Agent Robotics Software Development    Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Jean-Pierre de la Croix (JPL)  20-Nov-19
Deep Learning in the Natural Sciences (Astronomy, High-Energy Physics, Oceanography, or Climate Science)    Computer Science Peter Sadowski  20-Nov-19
Modeling anisotropic fracture propagation in additively manufactured materials    Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering Vinamra Agrawal  19-Nov-19
Augmented cardiovascular imaging    Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering Albert Hsiao  19-Nov-19
Time-reversal symmetry in beta decay    Physics, Applied Physics John Behr  19-Nov-19
Psychometric testing over the internet    Computer Science, Medical Engineering Ralph Adolphs  18-Nov-19
Optimization methods to improve rover planning horizon    Computer Science, Optimization / Robotics Anantha Ravi Kiran Lanka Subrahmanya (JPL)  15-Nov-19
MSL Rover Planner Tool and Process Development    Computer Science, Computer Engineering Stirling Algermissen (JPL)  15-Nov-19
Studying the evolution of planetary systems with TESS    Physics, Astronomy, Planetary Science, Computer Science Benjamin Montet  14-Nov-19
Weak Gravitational Lensing as a Probe of Cosmology    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Physics/Applied Physics Jason Rhodes (JPL)  12-Nov-19
Symmetry and Homogeneity as Guiding Principles in Energy Materials Design    Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Applied Physics, other engineering Nicholas Stadie  11-Nov-19
Contamination Control Materials Testing and Modeling    Aerospace Engineering, Materials Engineering / Science William Hoey (JPL)  11-Nov-19
Biomimetic Molecular Cages for CO2 Reduction into Fuels    Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering Christine Morrison  07-Nov-19
Designing new drugs to treat bacterial infections by inhibiting the iron-sulfur cluster biosynthetic pathway    Chemistry, Biochemistry Christine Morrison  07-Nov-19
Supernova Neutrinos    Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics, Computer Science Kate Scholberg  07-Nov-19
Understanding how proteins store information using structural approaches    Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology Tina Iverson  06-Nov-19
Novel MRI Methods    Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Electrical Engineering Shreyas Vasanawala  06-Nov-19
Scalable nanomanufacturing of carbon nanotube sheet scrolled carbon fiber composites    Aeronautics, Mechanical Engineering Hongbing Lu  06-Nov-19
CubeRover for Affordable, Modular, and Scalable Planetary Exploration    Computer Science Neil Abcouwer (JPL)  05-Nov-19
Mars Data Analysis    Planetary Science, Earth Science Matthew Golombek (JPL)  31-Oct-19
Orpheus: Deep Ocean AUV    Computer Science, Robotics Russell Smith (JPL)  31-Oct-19
Machine Learning based path planning for Improved Rover Navigation    Computer Science, Robotics Neil Abcouwer (JPL)  29-Oct-19