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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.

The requested research listing (ID 663) is no longer available.

Project Title Disciplines Mentor  Posted 
Novel MRI Methods    Computer Science, Mathematics Shreyas Vasanawala  11-Dec-18
GPS soil-moisture drone    Physics Jennifer Haase  10-Dec-18
Trimodal Peptide for Combined Image-Guided Surgery and Targeted Radiotherapy of Glioblastoma    Chemistry, Biology Michael Lewis  10-Dec-18
Electrify Everything: applications of electrochemical engineering for integration of renewables in the energy and chemical sectors    Chemical Engineering, Applied Physics James McKone  10-Dec-18
Engineering protein biogenesis pathways in yeast for biotechnology    Biochemistry, Bioengineering Justin Chartron  10-Dec-18
Simulating material microstructure evolution at the mesoscale    Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science Brandon Runnels  10-Dec-18
Deep Learning in the Natural Sciences (Astronomy, High-Energy Physics, Oceanography, or Climate Science)    Computer Science Peter Sadowski  10-Dec-18
Sub-10 nm lithography of novel resist materials using a transmission electron microscope    Applied Physics, Materials Science Axel Scherer  10-Dec-18
Fabrication of solid–liquid contacts for biosensors using microscale 3D printing    Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering Axel Scherer  10-Dec-18
Inhibition of a DNA repair enzyme to sensitize cancer cells to chemotherapy and radiation.     Biology, Biochemistry Judith Campbell  07-Dec-18
Machine Learning for Planetary Science Images to Support Content-Based Search and Discovery    Computer Science, Planetary Science Kiri Wagstaff (JPL)  07-Dec-18
Eruption Timescales of the Columbia River Basalts    Geology, Geophysics Joseph Kirschvink  07-Dec-18
Synthetic genomes, life forms and functions    Bioengineering, Synthetic Biology Kaihang Wang  06-Dec-18
Analysis and Archiving of Near- and Mid-Infrared Observations of Jupiter and Saturn    Planetary Science, Computer Sciences Glenn Orton (JPL)  04-Dec-18
Time reversal violation in nuclear beta decay    Physics, Applied Physics John Behr  04-Dec-18
Multiple Projects in Galaxy Evolution    Astronomy, Computer Science, Physics Charles Steinhardt  30-Nov-18
Psyche Helix Tool Development    Computer Science, Other Engineering Disciplines Julie Wertz Chen (JPL)  30-Nov-18
Machine Learning and Data Analysis in Support of Europa Exploration    Computer Science, Planetary Science Kiri Wagstaff (JPL)  29-Nov-18
Protein biogenesis and quality control    Biology, Biochemistry Rebecca Voorhees  27-Nov-18
Computational Approaches to Biomolecular Imaging    Computer Science, Bioengineering Mikhail Shapiro  25-Nov-18
Acoustic Levitation for Applications in XUV-Spectroscopy    Chemistry, Electrical Engineering Scott Cushing  24-Nov-18
Next generation maps of the Hedgehog pathway metabolome    Multidisciplinary, Chemical Biology Alison Ondrus  18-Nov-18
Fast High-Order Algorithms for Partial Differential Equations in the Frequency and Time Domains    Applied and Computational Mathematics Oscar Bruno  17-Nov-18
Encoding of natural odors in the brain    Neuroscience, Computation and Neural Systems Elizabeth Hong  17-Nov-18
Opinion Formation on Networks    Applied and Computational Mathematics, Physics Franca Hoffmann  16-Nov-18
Searching for New Particles and Forces with Cold Molecules    Physics Nick Hutzler  16-Nov-18
Causal Inference    Philosophy, Neuroscience Frederick Eberhardt  06-Nov-18
Interface Design for the Complex Data Explorer (CODEX)    Computer Science, Interface Design Jack Lightholder (JPL)  31-Oct-18
Characterization of ISS microorganisms: Antibiotic profiling, biofilm formation, countermeasure development     Biology/Bioengineering, Computer Science Kasthuri Venkateswaran (JPL)  17-Oct-18
Sensor network development for Mars exploration    Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering Michael Wolf (JPL)  08-Oct-18
Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detectors for Deep Space Optical Communication    Physics/Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering Matthew Shaw (JPL)  08-Oct-18
Mars Exploration Software Test Suite Development    Computer Engineering, Computer Science Jack Lightholder (JPL)  08-Oct-18
Holographic Examination for Life-like Motility (HELM)    Computer Science, Any physical science, esp biology Lukas Mandrake (JPL)  08-Oct-18
Supercritical CO2 Extraction and on-line Chromatography for Ocean Worlds    Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, Instrument Development Bryana Henderson (JPL)  13-Sep-18
Mars 2020 Contamination Control    Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering Carlos Soares (JPL)  13-Sep-18
Kronoseismology: Saturn's Normal-Mode Oscillations    Planetary Science, Astronomy/Astrophysics Andrew Friedson (JPL)  13-Sep-18