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Announcements of Opportunity

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.

Project Title Disciplines Mentor  Posted 
Submillimeter wave water vapor profiling radar development    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics Omkar Pradhan (JPL)  13-Jan-21
Machine Learning Based Prediction of Ionospheric Irregularities (ML-PRIIS)    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Computer Science Xiaoqing Pi (JPL)  12-Jan-21
The Early Evolution of Terrestrial Planets    Planetary Science, Geophysics Yoshinori Miyazaki  09-Jan-21
Exoplanet Watch Data Reduction Pipeline    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Physics Robert Zellem (JPL)  07-Jan-21
Modeling black hole dynamics in dense star clusters    Astrophysics Kyle Kremer  07-Jan-21
Ocean-ice interactions in the polar oceans    Environmental Science and Engineering, Climate Science Andrew Thompson  02-Jan-21
Mathematical Research - Topic Open for Discussion    Mathematics Fedor Manin  23-Dec-20
Analysis of Mako data sets collected over major active faults in Southern California    Geophysics, remote sensing Joann Stock  21-Dec-20
Molecular and Cellular Engineering for Non-Invasive Imaging and Control of Biological Function    Bioengineering Mikhail Shapiro  20-Dec-20
Roman/CGI Science Calibration Plan    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Planetary Science Robert Zellem (JPL)  17-Dec-20
Probing Cosmology and Gravitational Waves with Next-Generation Galaxy Surveys    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Physics/Applied Physics Olivier Dore (JPL)  17-Dec-20
Exoplanet Technology lab summer research opportunities    Astronomy Dimitri Mawet  15-Dec-20
Gut-brain communications in Huntington’s disease (HD)     Neuroscience, Biology Ali Khoshnan  14-Dec-20
Research and Development of Novel Visualization Services for NASA GIBS    Computer Science, Earth Science Joe Roberts (JPL)  10-Dec-20
Unknown Famous Names    History, English Dehn Gilmore  10-Dec-20
The First Galaxies and the First Light.    Astronomy/Astrophysics, Computer Science Tzu-Ching Chang (JPL)  10-Dec-20
Constraining Dark Energy with Weak Gravational Lensing    Astronomy/Astrophysics Peter Taylor (JPL)  10-Dec-20
Miniaturize Spectrometer - Mechanical design     Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering Seyedeh Sona Hosseini (JPL)  08-Dec-20
Lunar water exploration     Planetary Science, Computer Science Seyedeh Sona Hosseini (JPL)  08-Dec-20
Mars Data Analysis    Planetary Science, Earth Science Matthew Golombek (JPL)  08-Dec-20
Miniaturize Spectrometer - electronic design     Electrical Engineering, Software Seyedeh Sona Hosseini (JPL)  08-Dec-20
Relating Collective Tissue Phenomena to the Underlying Calcium Dynamics in Single Cells in a Plant Stem Cell Niche     Biology, Multidisciplinary Elliot Meyerowitz  07-Dec-20
Self-Organized Macroscopic Waves in a Giant Single-Celled Organism and the Interplay with an External Driving Force    Biology, Physics, Multidisciplinary Elliot Meyerowitz  07-Dec-20
Methods for Recycle of Uranium in Molten Salt Reactor Fuel    Chemical Engineering, Materials Science Michael Simpson  04-Dec-20
Mesoscale modeling of microstructure evolution using massively parallel phase field simulations    Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science Brandon Runnels  03-Dec-20
Coupled solid and fluid simulations of AP/HTPB propellant burn    Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautics Brandon Runnels  03-Dec-20
Analysis of Cell-Free DNA    Multidisciplinary, any discipline Aadel Chaudhuri  03-Dec-20
Determining Weather the Fundamental Groups of Certain L-spaces are Non-left-orderable    Mathematics Yi Ni  02-Dec-20
Novel MRI Methods    Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Electrical Engineering Shreyas Vasanawala  30-Nov-20
Topics at the Intersection of Theoretical Computer Science, Probability, Algorithms, and Coding Theory.    Computer Science, Mathematics Leonard Schulman  30-Nov-20
Multiple Projects in Galaxy Evolution and Data Science    Astronomy, Computer Science, Physics Charles Steinhardt  30-Nov-20
Topics in Mathematical Logic and Its Applications    Mathematics Alexander Kechris  21-Nov-20
Investigating the spectral properties of Mt. Sharp with ChemCam passive spectra    Planetary Science, Mathematics Rachel Sheppard (JPL)  19-Nov-20
FPGA Modernization    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Computer Science Daniel Nakamura (JPL)  13-Nov-20