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.

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

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.

The requested research listing (ID 657) is no longer available.

Project Title Disciplines Mentor  Posted 
Natural Robot Control Interfaces Using Wearable Bio-Sensors    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering Christopher Assad (JPL)  22-Apr-15
Space-borne observations of pollutants in the troposphere    Earth Science, Environmental Science Vivienne Payne (JPL)  13-Apr-15
Keck Images of Candidate Exoplanets and Survey    Astronomy/Astrophysics, N/A Farisa Morales (JPL)  03-Mar-15
Design and Programming of Second Generation Microfluidic Instrument    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering Peter Willis (JPL)  17-Feb-15
A DNA Computing Device for Detection of Multiple Cancer Indicators and Prodrug Activation    Chemical Engineering Wilfred Chen  13-Feb-15
How Supermassive Black Holes Produce Relativistic Jets    Astrophysics, Computer Science Anthony Readhead  11-Feb-15
Design of Artificial Enzymes    Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Materials Science Jose Mendoza-Cortes  09-Feb-15
Study of biocompatible chemicals and materials    Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Materials Science Jose Mendoza-Cortes  09-Feb-15
Visualizing Early Detection Cancer Data    Data Science, Visualization Ashish Mahabal  03-Feb-15
Catalytic dehydration of lactic acid to acrylic acid    Chemical Engineering Bingjun Xu  02-Feb-15
Genome Editing to Address Problems in Biomanufacturing    Chemical Engineering, Biology, Biochemistry Kelvin Lee  30-Jan-15
Software development for an astronomical database    Computer Science, Software Development Lynne Hillenbrand  28-Jan-15
The predicted ensemble of 3 dimensional structures for all human olfactory receptors    Applied and Computational Mathematics, Bioengineering William Goddard  28-Jan-15
Domain adaptation for classification in astronomy    Data Science, Computational Science Ashish Mahabal  27-Jan-15
Atmospheric aerosol light scattering and absorption    Chemistry Geoffrey Smith  26-Jan-15
Methods for Additive Manufacturing of Electrically Active Components or Thermoset Polymers    Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science Paul Krueger  26-Jan-15
DSN Orbiter to Surface Visualization    Computer Science, Information Systems/Technology Bach Bui (JPL)  26-Jan-15
Immersive and Collaborative 3D Scientific Data Visualization    Data Science S. George Djorgovski  24-Jan-15
Associative Search and Its Applications    Computer Science, Electrical Engineering Jehoshua Bruck  23-Jan-15
Characterization of Flash Memories under Radiation.    Electrical Engineering, Computer Science Jehoshua Bruck  23-Jan-15
Optimizing Large-scale structure surveys    Astronomy/Astrophysics Michael Seiffert (JPL)  21-Jan-15
MISR Smoke Plume Digitization    Earth Science, Computer Science Michael Tosca (JPL)  20-Jan-15
Probing Quasar Physics with Variability and Machine Learning     Astrophysics, Computer Science Matthew Graham  20-Jan-15
High-capacity multicast testing    Computer Engineering, Information Systems/Technology Jordan Torgerson (JPL)  20-Jan-15
Data Streaming over Intermittent Links    Computer Science, Information Systems/Technology Jordan Torgerson (JPL)  20-Jan-15
PO.DAAC Web-Based Animation User Interface    Computer Science, Information Systems/Technology Charles Thompson (JPL)  20-Jan-15
Investigating Microstructures in Metals by Coarse-Grained Atomistics    Aeronautics, Materials Science Dennis Kochmann  16-Jan-15
Signal Analysis for Next Generation Deep Space Communications    Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering Meera Srinivasan (JPL)  16-Jan-15
3D Modeling and Visualization of the Solar Wind and Coronal Mass Ejections    Astronomy/Astrophysics, SOLAR PHYSICS Paulett Liewer (JPL)  15-Jan-15
Planning for Potential Mars Sample Return    Earth Science, Astrobiology Lindsay Hays (JPL)  15-Jan-15
Searching for Exoplanets with Spitzer and K2    Astrophysics, Computer Science Rachel Akeson  14-Jan-15
Lunar science data visualization user interface    Computer Engineering, Computer Science Kyle Dodge (JPL)  13-Jan-15
Immersive Oceangraphic Data Visualizations with the Oculus Rift DK2    Computer Science, Information Systems/Technology George Chang (JPL)  13-Jan-15
Dynamic and Interactive Ocean Winds and Ocean Current Vector Renderings    Computer Science, Information Systems/Technology George Chang (JPL)  13-Jan-15
OnEarth Server Administration Interface     Computer Science, Information Systems/Technology Joe Roberts (JPL)  13-Jan-15
Starshade    Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering Brian Hirsch (JPL)  13-Jan-15
Virtual Reality Research at the ICT Mixed Reality Lab    Computer Science David Krum  13-Jan-15
Real Time Streaming Applications for the Internet of Things    Computer Science Mani Chandy  12-Jan-15
Robot-assisted Orthopaedic Fixation    Mechanical Engineering, Biology/Bioengineering Hari Nayar (JPL)  12-Jan-15
New Horizons Encounters Pluto    Planetary Science, Astronomy/Astrophysics Bonnie Buratti (JPL)  12-Jan-15
Dynamics of the Atmospheres of Outer Planets and Titan    Planetary Science, Astronomy Andrew Friedson (JPL)  12-Jan-15
Applications of 3D Nanofabrication    Chemistry, Applied Physics John Fourkas  12-Jan-15
Geochemistry and Geodynamics of Icy World Oceans, Especially Europa's     Planetary Science, Astrobiology Steven Vance (JPL)  12-Jan-15
Analysis of Sea Ice Thickness in the Arctic Ocean Based on On-Ice In Situ Historical Measurements    Earth Science, Oceanography Benjamin Holt (JPL)  12-Jan-15
Analysis of Martian North Polar Erg Gullies    Planetary Science, Geology Serina Diniega (JPL)  12-Jan-15
Digital Signal Recorder for Deep Space Receiver Verification    Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering Arby Argueta (JPL)  09-Jan-15
Space Mission Sequencing Software    Computer Science, Information Systems/Technology Paul Wolgast (JPL)  08-Jan-15
Remote Sensing and Human Health    Environmental Science, Computer Science Darren Drewry (JPL)  08-Jan-15
CubeSat Radiaiton Assurance Practices and Methods    Physics/Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Leif Scheick (JPL)  07-Jan-15
U.S. – Dutch Collaborative International Research Experiences for Students in Mass Spectrometry and Ion Spectroscopy    Chemistry Mary Rodgers  07-Jan-15
Chemical synthesis of biologically active small molecules    Chemistry Uttam Tambar  30-Dec-14
(Project 1) Thermoelectric nanomaterials: Experiment and simulation and (Project 2) Discovery of novel bulk metallic glasses (BMG) through synthesis and modeling    Physics, Materials Science Joseph Poon  23-Dec-14
ISAAC - FPGA-based Instrument Computing/Control Platform    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Information Systems/Technology Yutao He (JPL)  22-Dec-14
Deep Space CubeSat Avionics Technology    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Aerospace Engineering/IT Yutao He (JPL)  22-Dec-14
IMMERSE: Several Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering    Electrical Engineering, Computer Science Aaron Hawkins  19-Dec-14
Photochemistry and photophysics of bioactive diarylacetylenes    Chemistry Jack Saltiel  19-Dec-14
Forecasting of earthquake-induced ground deformation    Geophysics, Mechanical Engineering Domniki Asimaki  18-Dec-14
NISAR Spacecraft Radar Antenna Pointing Assessment    Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics Farheen Rizvi (JPL)  18-Dec-14
Arterial wall imaging with 4D Flow MRI    Biology, Computer Science Albert Hsiao  18-Dec-14
Enhancing the Resolution of Cosmological N-body Simulations    Astrophysics Andrew Benson  17-Dec-14
Microorganisms Associated with Mars-Bound Spacecraft: Preservation, Identification, Characterization and Understanding their Survival Potential.     Biology/Bioengineering, Microbiology, molecular biology Wayne Schubert (JPL)  17-Dec-14
Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detector Development for Deep-Space Optical Communication     Physics/Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering Matthew Shaw (JPL)  15-Dec-14
Science Data Visualization Touchscreen Development    Computer Science Brian Knosp (JPL)  12-Dec-14
Data Repository Database and Catalog Development    Computer Science Brian Knosp (JPL)  12-Dec-14
Constraining fundamental physics with Weak Lensing, Galaxy Clustering and Cosmic Microwave Background data    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Computer Science Tim Eifler (JPL)  12-Dec-14
Swarms of Robot Boats Multi-agent Control and Computer Vision    Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Michael Wolf (JPL)  09-Dec-14
Studying Dark Energy with Euclid and WFIRST    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Physics/Applied Physics Jason Rhodes (JPL)  05-Dec-14
Astrobiogeochemistry    Earth Science, Astrobiology Kenneth Williford (JPL)  04-Dec-14
Molecular Engineering for Imaging and Control of Biological Function    Bioengineering, Chemistry Mikhail Shapiro  04-Dec-14
Micro Wall-Climbing Robots    Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Aaron Parness (JPL)  04-Dec-14
Mars Data Analysis    Planetary Science, Earth Science Matthew Golombek (JPL)  03-Dec-14
Mathematical Logic/Set Theory    Mathematics Alexander Kechris  01-Dec-14
Searching for Gradients in Dwarf Galaxies    Astrophysics Evan Kirby  24-Nov-14
Thirty-Meter Telescope Wide Field Optical Spectrograph    Physics Nicholas Konidaris  19-Nov-14