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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 2019 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:  Mars 2020 Contamination Control
Disciplines:  Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering
Mentor:  Carlos Soares, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 354-4553
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
Background:  Contamination Control is a critical discipline for space missions since it can affect performance of spacecraft systems and science instrumentation. Missions attempting to detect organics and life signatures require high levels of contamination control in support of mission science objectives.
Description:  Daily collection samples taken from the Mars 2020 rover and flight system in JPL cleanroom facilities (daily morning availability of approx. 3 hrs. is preferred), transport samples from the cleanrooms to the Analytical Chemistry laboratory for testing (activity will involve a lot of walking on a daily basis), log all samples, and perform calculations associated with this activity.

The ideal candidate would be a student already at JPL (preferably on a one-year, or six-month internship), with a daily availability of approximately 3 hours (mornings preferred). The task will be to pick-up and transport Mars 2020 samples from the PCF to Analytical Chemistry (so a good amount of walking daily), perform logging of the samples, and perform associated calculations. A student in a science/engineering discipline would be ideal (preference for students with basic background in chemistry).
Student Requirements:  A science or engineering major is ideal, with basic background in chemistry preferred.
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 

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