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Announcements of Opportunity

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.

New for 2021: Students applying for JPL projects should complete a SURF@JPL application instead of a "regular" SURF application.

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

Project Title Disciplines Mentor  Posted 
Next Generation Robots and AI for Exploring Space and Earth (everything except JVSRP | Summer)    Computer Engineering, Mechanical/Electrical Engineering/Math Aliakbar Aghamohammadi (JPL)  08-Apr-21
Environmental processes near the surface of Mars    Physics/Applied Physics, Planetary Science Manuel de la Torre Juarez (JPL)  08-Apr-21
SLAM in perceptually-degraded environments    Computer Science, Robotics, Mathematics Kamak Ebadi (JPL)  23-Mar-21
DARTS Lab Software Development    Computer Science, Aerospace Eng. Aaron Gaut (JPL)  08-Mar-21
From Visual Interfaces to Back End Services to Enable Remote and Collaborative Science    Computer Science, Multidisciplinary, Data Science, Data Visualization Santiago Lombeyda  07-Mar-21
Exploring the Obscured Universe with Superconducting Detectors.     Physics, Astrophysics Matt Bradford  01-Mar-21
Communications intern for the NASA Disasters Program at JPL    Earth Science, Environmental Science Abigail Nastan (JPL)  01-Mar-21
Machine Learning for Robot Arm Manipulation    Computer Science, Computation and Neural Systems, Electrical Engineering, other EAS disciplines Yanan Sui  01-Mar-21
"Quantum Fabrics" based on Ultra-Thin Cuprate Superconductors    Applied Physics, Engineering and Applied Science Darrell Schlom  21-Feb-21
Probing Quantum Materials at the Atomic Scale    Applied Physics, Physics Darrell Schlom  21-Feb-21
Simulating Molecular and Particulate Transport in Spacecraft Environments    Aerospace Engineering, Mathematical Modeling William Hoey (JPL)  19-Feb-21
Innovation to Flight - Autonomous Aerial Systems    Aerospace Engineering, Mech Engineering Thomas Lu (JPL)  18-Feb-21
Collaborative Robots on Icy Worlds, using reinforced 3D printing with in-situ ice (IceBots)    Aerospace Engineering, EE & CS Mircea Badescu (JPL)  18-Feb-21
Innovation to Flight - Autonomous Aerial Systems    Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Virgil Adumitroaie (JPL)  17-Feb-21
Cloud Science Data Systems    Computer Science, UI/UX Design Sujen Jayesh Shah (JPL)  17-Feb-21
Analysis and visualization of atmospheric CO2 and/or SIF data for Science Data Applications    Earth Science, remote sensing Karen Yuen (JPL)  17-Feb-21
Contamination Control Analysis    Physics/Applied Physics, Materials Engineering John Alred (JPL)  17-Feb-21
Investigating the Chemical Profile of the Brilliant Comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3)    Planetary Science Geoffrey Blake  16-Feb-21
Innovation to Flight - Autonomous Aerial Systems    Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Adrian Stoica (JPL)  16-Feb-21
Innovation to Flight - Autonomous Aerial Systems    Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Adrian Stoica (JPL)  16-Feb-21
Using Machine Learning to Identify Compact Sources for Astrometry in the Next Generation of Surveys    Astronomy, Computation and Neural Systems Andreas Faisst  10-Feb-21
multi-wavelength studies of magnetars    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Computer Science Walid Majid (JPL)  09-Feb-21
Extracting Vegetation Structure Information from LiDAR to Drive Radar Models    Computer Science, Earth Science Erika Podest (JPL)  08-Feb-21
NASA Big Idea Challenge: Habitat Orientable & Modular Electrodynamic Shield (HOMES)    Multidisciplinary, Aerospace/ Space Engineering Soon-Jo Chung  05-Feb-21
Using Artificial Intelligence to Explore and Discover the Ocean    Computer Science, robotics Kakani Katija  05-Feb-21
Smart Carrier Acquisition and Tracking for Space Radios    Other , Communications and Networking Marc Sanchez Net (JPL)  04-Feb-21
Study of Coded Interleaving Systems for Multipath Fading Space Links    Other , Communications and Networking Marc Sanchez Net (JPL)  04-Feb-21
Contamination Model for Spacecraft Associated Surfaces    Data Science, Biology Ashish Mahabal  03-Feb-21
Continued Fractions, Machine Learning and Classification – SURF@Newcastle    Computation and Neural Systems, Astronomy, Math, Computer Science, ACM, Ph Pablo Moscato  01-Feb-21
Chasing the Red Queen: Adaptive Co-evolution of Small Non-coding RNAs and their Target Genes    Biology, Genomics and Genetics Alexei Aravin  29-Jan-21
The Case of the Most Mysterious Star in the Milky Way     Astronomy Josh Simon  27-Jan-21
AI Assistant for Driver Safety    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Applied Math Thomas Lu (JPL)  27-Jan-21
Documentation and analysis of diagenetic features in Gale crater rocks    Planetary Science Rachel Sheppard (JPL)  27-Jan-21
Detecting Tree Mortality in the Tropics    Computer Science, Earth Science Erika Podest (JPL)  27-Jan-21
Convex Relaxations for Signomial and Polynomial Optimization     Applied and Computational Mathematics, Computer Science Adam Wierman  26-Jan-21
Finding Outliers in Zwicky Transient Facility data    Data Science, Astronomy Ashish Mahabal  25-Jan-21
Microscopy for Life Detection    Biology/Bioengineering, Computer Science Christian Lindensmith (JPL)  21-Jan-21
Simulating the Radio Sky for the DSA-2000    Astronomy, Computer Science Gregg Hallinan  21-Jan-21
Searching for Astronomical Transients in High Time Resolution Optical Observations    Astronomy, Computer Science Hallinan Gregg  21-Jan-21
Circumstellar Matter (Jets, Disks and Torii) in Young and Dying Stars    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Computational/Programming Raghvendra Sahai (JPL)  21-Jan-21
Improving greenhouse gas plume detection using imaging spectrometers    Earth Science, Computer Science Andrew Thorpe (JPL)  20-Jan-21
Random Tessellation Priors in Bayesian Inverse Problems    Applied and Computational Mathematics, Data Science Venkat Chandrasekaran  19-Jan-21
Learning and Optimization: How can we succeed being "Lazy but Wise?" - SURF@Newcastle    Computation and Neural Systems, Ma, CS, ACM, Ph, other majors are possible Pablo Moscato  19-Jan-21
Learning to Extrapolate - SURF@Newcastle    Computation and Neural Systems, Math, Computer Science, ACM, Physics, other majors are also poss. Pablo Moscato  19-Jan-21
Greenhouse Gas and Pollutant Measurements in the Los Angeles Basin using Remote Sensing Spectroscopy    Environmental Science, statistics, geography Stanley Sander (JPL)  16-Jan-21
Machine Learning Based Prediction of Ionospheric Irregularities (ML-PRIIS)    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Computer Science Xiaoqing Pi (JPL)  12-Jan-21
Age-Dating Glacial Landforms on Mars    Planetary Science, Geology Jay Dickson  11-Jan-21
The Early Evolution of Terrestrial Planets    Planetary Science, Geophysics Yoshinori Miyazaki  09-Jan-21
Exoplanet Watch Data Reduction Pipeline    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Physics Robert Zellem (JPL)  07-Jan-21
Ocean-ice interactions in the polar oceans    Environmental Science and Engineering, Climate Science Andrew Thompson  02-Jan-21
Mathematical Research - Topic Open for Discussion    Mathematics Fedor Manin  23-Dec-20
Analysis of Mako data sets collected over major active faults in Southern California    Geophysics, remote sensing Joann Stock  21-Dec-20
Molecular and Cellular Engineering for Non-Invasive Imaging and Control of Biological Function    Bioengineering Mikhail Shapiro  20-Dec-20
Roman/CGI Science Calibration Plan    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Planetary Science Robert Zellem (JPL)  17-Dec-20
Probing Cosmology and Gravitational Waves with Next-Generation Galaxy Surveys    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Physics/Applied Physics Olivier Dore (JPL)  17-Dec-20
Exoplanet Technology lab summer research opportunities    Astronomy Dimitri Mawet  15-Dec-20
Gut-brain communications in Huntington’s disease (HD)     Neuroscience, Biology Ali Khoshnan  14-Dec-20
Research and Development of Novel Visualization Services for NASA GIBS    Computer Science, Earth Science Joe Roberts (JPL)  10-Dec-20
Unknown Famous Names    History, English Dehn Gilmore  10-Dec-20
The First Galaxies and the First Light.    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Computer Science Tzu-Ching Chang (JPL)  10-Dec-20
Constraining Dark Energy with Weak Gravational Lensing    Astronomy/Astrophysics Peter Taylor (JPL)  10-Dec-20
Miniaturize Spectrometer - Mechanical design     Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering Seyedeh Sona Hosseini (JPL)  08-Dec-20
Lunar water exploration     Planetary Science, Computer Science Seyedeh Sona Hosseini (JPL)  08-Dec-20
Mars Data Analysis    Planetary Science, Earth Science Matthew Golombek (JPL)  08-Dec-20
Miniaturize Spectrometer - electronic design     Electrical Engineering, Software Seyedeh Sona Hosseini (JPL)  08-Dec-20
Relating Collective Tissue Phenomena to the Underlying Calcium Dynamics in Single Cells in a Plant Stem Cell Niche     Biology, Multidisciplinary Elliot Meyerowitz  07-Dec-20
Self-Organized Macroscopic Waves in a Giant Single-Celled Organism and the Interplay with an External Driving Force    Biology, Physics, Multidisciplinary Elliot Meyerowitz  07-Dec-20
Methods for Recycle of Uranium in Molten Salt Reactor Fuel    Chemical Engineering, Materials Science Michael Simpson  04-Dec-20
Mesoscale modeling of microstructure evolution using massively parallel phase field simulations    Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science Brandon Runnels  03-Dec-20
Coupled solid and fluid simulations of AP/HTPB propellant burn    Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautics Brandon Runnels  03-Dec-20
Analysis of Cell-Free DNA    Multidisciplinary, any discipline Aadel Chaudhuri  03-Dec-20
Determining Weather the Fundamental Groups of Certain L-spaces are Non-left-orderable    Mathematics Yi Ni  02-Dec-20
Novel MRI Methods    Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Electrical Engineering Shreyas Vasanawala  30-Nov-20
Multiple Projects in Galaxy Evolution and Data Science    Astronomy, Computer Science, Physics Charles Steinhardt  30-Nov-20
Topics in Mathematical Logic and Its Applications    Mathematics Alexander Kechris  21-Nov-20
Investigating the spectral properties of Mt. Sharp with ChemCam passive spectra    Planetary Science, Mathematics Rachel Sheppard (JPL)  19-Nov-20
FPGA Modernization    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Computer Science Daniel Nakamura (JPL)  13-Nov-20