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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.

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. Click here for more tips on finding a mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

New for 2021: Students applying for JPL projects should complete a SURF@JPL application instead of a "regular" SURF application.

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

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Project:  Roman/CGI Science Calibration Plan
Disciplines:  Astronomy/Astrophysics, Planetary Science
Mentor:  Robert Zellem, (JPL), Robert.T.Zellem@jpl.nasa.gov
Background:  The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope is NASA's next Flagship mission after JWST. Roman will contain two instruments, one of which is the Coronograph Instrument (CGI) which will directly image true exo-Jupiter analogs for the first time and provide an important stepping-stone to next-generation missions that will directly image Earth-like, and potentially heritable, exoplanets. This instrument is being led by JPL.
Description:  The student will work with Dr. Zellem and the CGI Project Science and Systems Engineering Team to help develop CGI's Science Calibration Plan. Specifically, the student will help identify calibration/standard stars and fields for CGI's astrometry and polarization observing modes and calculate if their a-priori measurement uncertainty negatively impacts CGI. If so, then they will help determine which observations (telescope and instrument) are required to adequately decrease their uncertainty to satisfy CGI's error budget.
References:  https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/the-nancy-grace-roman-space-telescope/
Student Requirements:  knowledge of astronomy, particularly stellar astronomy, is preferred

strong coding background, preferably with Python3
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: .
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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