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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 2017 can be found here.

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

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.

Project Title Disciplines Mentor  Posted 
Modeling for Satellite Radar Coverage    Aeronautics Charles Elachi  19-Jan-17
Modeling for Europa Sounder    Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering Charles Elachi  19-Jan-17
Multisensory Integration: Perceptual Illusions    Computation and Neural Systems, Neuroscience Shinsuke Shimojo  17-Jan-17
Structural and Functional Bioinformatics Toolbox for G Protein Coupled Receptors    Multidisciplinary, Bioinformatics and Computer Science Ravi Abrol  17-Jan-17
Supercritical CO2 Organic Extraction Efficiency Study    Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, Instrument Development Bryana Henderson (JPL)  17-Jan-17
Nanofabrication Study using He, Ne & Ga Focused Ion Beam System    Physics, Materials Science Oskar Painter  13-Jan-17
Process development for the assembly of biologically clean hardware for the Mars 2020 Mission    Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, Biology/Bioengineering Fei Chen (JPL)  13-Jan-17
Designing and Identifying Features for Classification    Data Science, Astrophysics Ashish Mahabal  13-Jan-17
Planetary Protection Support for Mars 2020 Activities    Biology/Bioengineering, Microbiology, Molecular Biology Arman Seuylemezian (JPL)  12-Jan-17
Sintered Filter Testing for Planetary Protection    Biology/Bioengineering, Environmental Science Ryan Hendrickson (JPL)  12-Jan-17
Planetary Protection Support for Mars 2020 Activities    Biology/Bioengineering, Microbiology, Molecular Biology Heidi Aronson (JPL)  12-Jan-17
Development of Imaging Spectrometers    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Optical Eng., Physics, Earth/Planetary Science Justin Haag (JPL)  12-Jan-17
Characterization of ISS microorganisms: Antibiotic profiling, biofilm formation, countermeasure development     Biology/Bioengineering, Computer Science Kasthuri Venkateswaran (JPL)  11-Jan-17
Neuromodulation Using Brain Wave Entrainment    Computation and Neural Systems, Computer Science Shinsuke Shimojo  10-Jan-17
The Interior Dynamics of Jupiter and Europa     Planetary Science, Geophysics David Stevenson  09-Jan-17
Optical and RF Spacecraft Downlink Signal Processors    Electrical Engineering, Computer Science Arby Argueta (JPL)  09-Jan-17
Large-Scale Automated Analysis of Volumetric Imaging Data    Neuroscience, Computer Science Elizabeth Hong  08-Jan-17
Molecular Basis of Protein Biogenesis    Biochemistry, Biology Shu-ou Shan  08-Jan-17
Developing a Novel Naturalistic Perceptual Learning Paradigm in Drosophila     Neuroscience, Behavioral biology Elizabeth Hong  08-Jan-17
Weak Gravitational Lensing    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Physics/Applied Physics Jason Rhodes (JPL)  07-Jan-17
First-Principles Quantum Mechanical Calculations of Materials    Physics, Materials Science Marco Bernardi  05-Jan-17
Making the Ultimate Movie of Jupiter's Clouds in Motion    Computer Science, Applied and Computational Mathematics Andrew Ingersoll  04-Jan-17
Scientific Discovery in Planetary Image Data    Computer Science, Planetary Science Kiri Wagstaff (JPL)  04-Jan-17
The Realization Problem for Prism Manifolds, II    Mathematics Yi Ni  04-Jan-17
Heat Inactivation of Encapsulated Bacterial Spores    Biology/Bioengineering, Chemistry/Chemical Engineering Wayne Schubert (JPL)  03-Jan-17
Applications of 3D Nanofabrication    Chemistry, Applied Physics John Fourkas  03-Jan-17
Mapping Saturns hydrocarbons and haze from Cassini    Planetary Science, Atmospheric Science Robert West (JPL)  03-Jan-17
Exploring the mineralogy of Martian sedimentary deposits    Planetary Science, Geological/Geophysical Engineering Abigail Fraeman (JPL)  03-Jan-17
Circumstellar Matter (Jets, Disks and Torii) in Young and Dying Stars    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Computational/Programming Raghvendra Sahai (JPL)  03-Jan-17
UAV Remote Sensing for Vegetation Health    Environmental Science, Mechanical Engineering Darren Drewry (JPL)  03-Jan-17
MISR Plume Height Project    Earth Science, Environmental Science Abigail Nastan (JPL)  03-Jan-17
Computation tools for image analysis for spatial genomics in brains and embryos.     Computer Science, bioinformatics Long Cai  30-Dec-16
Design and production of an automated microscope    Mechanical Engineering, Medical Engineering Long Cai  30-Dec-16
Research in atomic, optical, and quantum areas    Physics/Applied Physics, atomic, molecular, and optical physics Nan Yu (JPL)  30-Dec-16
Computational analysis of next generation sequence data to identify mutations and rearrangements    Computer Science, Biology David Kwiatkowski  21-Dec-16
Detection and Characterization of Recurring Slope Lineae on Mars    Computer Science, Planetary Science Kiri Wagstaff (JPL)  20-Dec-16
Mars Data Analysis    Planetary Science, Earth Science Matthew Golombek (JPL)  19-Dec-16
Underwater Robot Vision and Manipulation    Computer Engineering, Computer Science Renaud Detry (JPL)  19-Dec-16
Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detectors for Deep-Space Optical Communication    Electrical Engineering, Physics/Applied Physics Matthew Shaw (JPL)  19-Dec-16
Analysis of Martian North Polar Erg Gullies    Planetary Science Serina Diniega (JPL)  14-Dec-16
Design of a Force Sensor Device to Quantify Mechanical Response in Plant Cells and Tissues.    Bioengineering, Biophysics Elliot Meyerowitz  14-Dec-16
Using networks to explore biological systems    Biology, Computational Biology, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physical Sciences, or other relevant disciplines John Quackenbush  13-Dec-16
Maritime Cross-USV Stereo    Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Christopher Assad (JPL)  13-Dec-16
Virtual Reality Lab at the ICT Mixed Reality Lab    Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related major David Krum  12-Dec-16
Gut-brain interactions in HD    Neuroscience, Biology Ali Khoshnan  12-Dec-16
Voting Rights Databases    Political Science, History J. Morgan Kousser  10-Dec-16
The Subaru Prime Focus Spectrograph: Fiber Modeling    Astrophysics, Optics Evan Kirby  09-Dec-16
Swarm Spacecraft Testbed Robot Design and Control    Aeronautics, Space Engineering Soon-Jo Chung  08-Dec-16
Autonomous flight and trajectory control for highly agile aerial robots and space vehicles    Aeronautics, Space Engineering Soon-Jo Chung  07-Dec-16
Visual Radar    Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Roland Brockers (JPL)  06-Dec-16
Integration of advanced autonomous navigation algorithms on a miniature quadrotor system    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Systems Engineering Roland Brockers (JPL)  06-Dec-16
Buoyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering Andrew Klesh (JPL)  02-Dec-16
Star Formation and Starburst Galaxies    Astrophysics, Physics Nicholas Lee  01-Dec-16
Unraveling the Moon's Geologic History    Planetary Science, Astronomy/Astrophysics Paul Hayne (JPL)  30-Nov-16
Probing Fundamental Physics and the Large Scale Structure of the Universe with Galaxy Redshift Surveys    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Physics/Applied Physics Olivier Dore (JPL)  30-Nov-16
Einstein Papers Project: Coping With Fame    History, History and Philosophy of Science Diana Kormos-Buchwald  28-Nov-16
Machine Learning for Cybersecurity: Botnet Detection    Computer Science, EE Julian Bunn  28-Nov-16
Computational modeling of social learning in humans    Computation and Neural Systems, Applied and Computational Mathematics Ralph Adolphs  23-Nov-16
Mathematical Logic/Set Theory    Mathematics Alexander Kechris  23-Nov-16
A Framework for Multi-Agent Robotics Software Development    Computer Science, Robotics Jean-Pierre de la Croix (JPL)  22-Nov-16
Multi-mission multi-agent robotics for maritime applications: Perception and Autonomy    Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Michael Wolf (JPL)  22-Nov-16
Multi-Phase, Planetary-Chemistry Modeling for Biosignatures    Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, Planetary Science Pin Chen (JPL)  22-Nov-16
Inhomogeneous cloud coverage and its effect on characterizing exoplanets    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Planetary Science Renyu Hu (JPL)  22-Nov-16
Organic Synthesis and Methods Development    Chemistry Brian Stoltz  18-Nov-16
Computational modeling of altruistic decision-making    Computation and Neural Systems, Neuroscience Ralph Adolphs  16-Nov-16
Solving big data problems in bioengineering    Computer Science, Data Science Viviana Gradinaru  13-Sep-16