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2016 NASA Student Airborne Research Program

2016 NASA Student Airborne Research Program

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated undergraduate students currently in their junior year to apply for the NASA Student Airborne Research Program, also known as SARP 2016. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. Students will assist in the operation of airborne instruments aboard the NASA DC-8 aircraft. They also will analyze remote-sensing data collected during the program from the NASA ER-2.

The program takes place in summer 2016. Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, will occur at NASA′s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, California. Postflight data analysis and interpretation will take place at the University of California, Irvine.

Successful applicants will be awarded a stipend plus a travel allowance for eight weeks of participation in the program. Housing and local transportation also will be provided.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 2, 2016.

For more information and to download the program application, visit

Specific questions about the program should be directed to

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2016-2017 Academic Year

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2016-2017 Academic Year
The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship program is soliciting applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth and space sciences, or related disciplines, for the 2016-2017 academic year. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from the Science Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

Initially, NESSF awards are made for one year. They may be renewed for up to two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory progress (as reflected in academic performance, research progress and recommendation by the faculty advisor) and the availability of funds.

The maximum amount of a NESSF award is $30,000 per year.

Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 1, 2016.

For more information about this solicitation, visit

Questions about Earth Science Research NESSF opportunities should be directed to Claire Macaulay at

Questions about Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research and Astrophysics Research opportunities should be directed to Dolores Holland at

2016 Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Exploration Science Summer Intern Program

2016 Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Exploration Science Summer Intern Program

The Lunar and Planetary Institute is hosting a special Exploration Science Summer Intern Program in 2016. The program is a unique opportunity to integrate scientific input with exploration activities in a way that mission architects and spacecraft engineers can use. Activities may involve assessments and traverse plans for a particular destination (e.g., on the far side of the moon) or a more general assessment of a class of possible exploration targets (e.g., small near-Earth asteroids).
The program is open to graduate students in geology, planetary science, planetary astronomy and related programs. The 10-week program runs from May 23, 2016, through July 29, 2016. Selected interns will receive stipends and travel expense reimbursement.

The deadline to submit an application is Jan. 15, 2016.

For more information, visit Please email any questions about this opportunity to Jennifer Steil at

Space Florida’s representative to the NASA FSGC Advisory Board, Dr. Ryan Kobrick, to speak at FIT on Friday, Nov 20 at 4pm

The Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department presents

The Martin & Lucinda Glicksman Seminar Series featuring

Ryan L. Kobrick, PhD

Project Manager for Research and Development, Space Florida

Chairman and President, Yuri’s Night

Title: HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT – Highlighting research from lunar dust to the Arctic tundra and how commercial space activities will enhance exploration

When: Friday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m.

Where: Evans Library Pavilion 133

Abstract: Space exploration is shifting from a traditional government spearheaded effort to a public‐private endeavor with a growing international community. The lecture will cover personal research efforts that have aided in bridging gaps in space technology, operations and social behavior with a distinct focus on Bioastronautics and human spaceflight. The four main topics will include: lunar dust abrasion and implications for surface materials during planetary body missions; human factors research from a 100‐day Mars simulation in the High Canadian Arctic (Devon Island, Nunavut); International Space Station and Florida university efforts in research and development by Space Florida; and global engagement by Yuri’s Night, the World Space Party.

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