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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.

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Project:  Voting Rights Databases
Disciplines:  Political Science, History
Mentor:  J. Morgan Kousser, Kenan Prof. of History and Social Science, (HSS),, Phone: 626-395-4080
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
Background:  The Voting Rights Act, the most successful civil rights act in U.S. history, is under severe attack, and laws infringing on minority voting rights have been passed in many states. This project will complete the most comprehensive database of voting rights actions ever assembled and add to another database on the 2001 California Voting Rights Act.
Description:  The student will gather more information, update and expand the databases, and assist in their analysis, particularly in preparing a paper on the California Voting Rights Act. In addition, the student will set up a website to make available information from this and other voting rights projects.
Student Requirements:  Experience with Excel and in setting up websites would be desirable, as would courses in American history and political science, especially on the U.S. Supreme Court. But they are not required.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

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