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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
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Project:  Moonquake-triggered seismic shaking and mass movement on icy satellites
Disciplines:  Planetary Science, Earth Science
Mentor:  Robert Pappalardo, (JPL), Robert.Pappalardo@jpl.nasa.gov, Phone: (818) 354-5837
Background:  Many icy satellites of the outer solar system -including Europa, Ganymede, and Enceladus--show signs of geologic activity, especially normal faulting. This study will consider the possibility that seismic shaking triggered by moonquakes on icy satellites can trigger landslides and associated smoothing of their surfaces.
Description:  A summer undergraduate student researcher will perform a literature survey of seismically triggered mass movement on Earth and other planetary bodies, to understand whether this is a viable mechanism for triggering movement of materials on icy satellites. The student will examine Galileo and Cassini spacecraft images and associated literature to estimate the maximum magnitude of moonquakes that might be possible on icy satellites, and to consider whether there are examples of seismically triggered mass movements on icy satellites.
References:  Moore, J.M., et al. (1999), Mass movement and landform degradation on the icy Galilean Satellites: Results of the Galileo Nominal Mission, Icarus, 140, 294-312.

Keefer, David K. (1984), Landslides caused by earthquakes, GSA Bulletin 95, 406-421

Krohn, K. et al. (2014), Mass movement on Vesta at steep scarps and crater rims, Icarus, 244, 120-132.

Roberts, G.P. et al. (2012), Possible evidence of paleomarsquakes from fallen boulder populations, Cerberus Fossae, Mars
Student Requirements:  Introductory Geology (required). Knowledge of geomorphology and/or planetary science are strongly preferred.
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: No.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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