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Student Opportunities


2015 NASA Planetary Science Summer School New
NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students for its 27th Annual Planetary Science Summer School, which will be held in one single session in summer 2015 (August 10-14 only) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.  


Conferences (2015)


46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC)

March 16–20, 2015

The Woodlands, TX, USA


Venus Science Priorities for Laboratory Measurements and Instrument Definition Workshop

April 7–8, 2015

Hampton, VA, USA


Comparative Tectonics and Geodynamics of Venus, Earth, and Rocky Exoplanets Meeting

May 4–6,2015

Keck Center, Caltech

Pasadena, CA 



Surface Expressions of Volcanism and Associated Tectonism on Venus and Implications for Interior Dynamics

May 3–7  2015

Montreal Canada

Abstracts due January 14, 2015


Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets Conference II

September 8–11, 2015  

hosted by NASA Ames Research Center

Moffett Field, California, USA


Early Careers Scholars Opportunities


  • Undergraduate and GraduateE Student Travel Awards for Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets Conference #2 (CCTP2)
    Limited student travel support may be available for U.S. citizens or legal residents for this meeting that will be held September 8–11, 2015, Moffett Field, California.

    Student travel applications should include the following information:

    1. A one-page description of how your participation in the meeting  will benefit: (a) you professionally and (b) NASA's goals of planetary exploration, particularly Venus;
    2. A copy of your draft abstract;
    3. Your resume;
    4. A statement of endorsement from a faculty member.

  • Student travel applications are due on the same date as the abstracts (April 30), but all application materials should be sent to the conveners (Jeff Hollingsworth, Lori Glaze, and Shawn Domagal-Goldman,). Applicants will be notified of the selections by May 8. Questions about these awards can be submitted to the conveners.

  • Barringer Grant Applications for 2015 Now Being Accepted
    Graduate students and postdocs,

    This year’s application deadline for grants from the Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research is April 3, 2015. This program provides 3 to 5 competitive grants each year in the range of $2,500 to $5,000 USD for support of field research at known or suspected impact sites worldwide. Grant funds may be used to assist with travel and subsistence costs, as well as laboratory and computer analysis of research samples and findings. Masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students enrolled in formal university programs are eligible. Over the past 13 years, 45 research projects have been supported. For additional details and an application, please visit the website.
    Post a flyer at your institution.

    The Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research has been established as a memorial to recognize the contributions of Brandon, Moreau, Paul, and Richard Barringer to the field of meteoritics and the Barringer family's strong interest and support over many years in research and student education. In addition to its memorial nature, the Fund also reflects the family's long-standing commitment to responsible stewardship of The Barringer Meteorite Crater and the family's steadfast resolve in maintaining the crater as a unique scientific research and education site.

  • The Forum for New Leaders in Space Science New
    The Space Studies Board of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council and the National Space Science Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences invite applications for the 2015–2016 Forum for New Leaders in Space Science. 

    The Forum’s 2015–2016 session will provide opportunities for a highly select group of young Earth and planetary scientists from the United States and China to discuss their research activities in an intimate and collegial environment at meetings to be held in Shanghai, China (9–10 October 2015) and Irvine, California (16–17 May 2016). 

    The application deadline is 29 May 2015. 

    Details can be found at

NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships


The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) offers scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research at NASA Centers. Each NPP fellowship opportunity is designed to advance NASA research in a specific project related to space science, earth science, aeronautics, exploration systems, lunar science, astrobiology, or astrophysics. Applications are accepted three times each year: March 1, July 1, and November 1.
NASA Postdoctoral Program


Venus Opportunities


Hampton University Dept. of Atmospheric and Planetary Science and NASA;Exoplanet Systems Science (NExSS)
seek energetic explorers looking to conduct cutting-edge research into the past, present and future of planetary atmospheres while pursuing advanced degrees (MS and PhD) in Planetary Science. Successful applicants (rolling deadline until June 1 for Fall 2015 enrollment) will join the Living, Breathing Planet team that includes four university partners, NASA, and the National Institute of Aerospace. Our goal is to understand how planets interact with the space environment and parent stars to develop or lose habitable atmospheres over time. As part of NExSS, we are one of sixteen teams building the future of exoplanet studies, and you can be a part of that future. More information and application instructions at the website

Any interested student should contact the following faculty members:
Bill Moore
Kunio Sayanagi
Nicholas Gray Heavens

Postdoctoral Research Scientist: Planetary Climate Modeling
Columbia University: 2-year Postdoctoral Research Scientist appointment to model radiative processes and their effect on planetary climates in a general circulation model. The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), GSFC, Columbia University, and other institutions. Team research addresses the habitability of past Solar System climates and exoplanet climates and informs the design of future exoplanet missions. The candidate will be expected to perform original research, present results at scientific meetings, and publish first-author peer-reviewed papers. The candidate will be resident at NASA GISS in New York City.

Requirements:  PhD. in atmospheric science, planetary science, astrobiology, astronomy, physics, or a similar field. Expertise in radiative transfer and willingness to become involved in radiation parameterization development are required, but the broad scope allows for many possible research directions using the model. Strong mathematics and programming skills are also required. Strong candidates will be interested in interdisciplinary questions and interacting with scientists from diverse fields. For further information visit this website or contact Anthony DelGeni

Application Due Date: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
For application requirements and instructions visit: Columbia University Job Details
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