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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 2018 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:  Ocean worlds and ice-covered moons
Discipline:  Planetary Science
Mentor:  Amy Hofmann, (JPL),
Background:  Are we alone in the universe? This questionone of humanitys oldest and most profoundmotivates scientists and engineers across disciplines to push the boundaries of what we know both about life on our own planet and about the prospects for habitability on our neighbors throughout the solar system and beyond. Life as we know it requires water; most likely, then, our best bet for finding life beyond Earth is to follow the water. In expanding the exploration of our own solar system, NASA missions are finding water (sometimes surprisingly!) in and on an increasing number of planetary bodies. The potential for the icy surfaces of many of these bodies to be capping large-scale, liquid water oceans interacting with rocky seafloors is tantalizing, but much science and engineering work remains to be done in order for us to better understand what we might expect to find should humanity ever have an opportunity to visit these worlds.
Description:  In this project, students will work on analyses of data and samples related to the astrobiological potential of ocean worlds such as Europa, Enceladus, and Titan. Projects include working with field samples from the Arctic and Earths seafloor, analysis of data from missions such as Cassini and Galileo, and laboratory work on ice simulants relevant to ice-covered ocean worlds.
Student Requirements:  Varies by project but includes introductory chemistry, physics, geology/geobiology/geochemistry, and mathematics through first-semester calculus. Experience with data processing software, coding, and/or mathematical modeling a definite plus.
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: Yes.
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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