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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:  Age-Dating Glacial Landforms on Mars
Disciplines:  Planetary Science, Geology
Mentor:  Jay Dickson, Research Scientist, (GPS), jdickson@caltech.edu, Phone: 4015751239
Mentor URL:  http://murray-lab.caltech.edu  (opens in new window)
Background:  Glacial features have been documented on Mars in large regions where H2O ice is not currently stable at the surface, indicating that the climate has changed significantly in the relatively recent past. Two critical questions are: (1) when were these regions capable of glaciation, and (2) what were the orbital conditions of Mars that were required to achieve this? This project aims to answer these questions at the global scale and at high-resolution.
Description:  This is an opportunity for a detail-oriented student to calculate crater size-frequency distribution (CSFD) values for glacial units on Mars, by mapping impact craters on glacial units. This will make use of the global ~5 m/px CTX mosaic of Mars within a GIS architecture. The student will classify impact craters based upon their size and morphology and develop chronologies that describe the landscape evolution of sites across Mars. Finally, the student will compare these sites to reconstruct when specific regions of Mars were capable of glaciation.
Student Requirements:  Applicants should have familiarity with GIS software, Mars geography and statistics.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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