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Early Career Venus Scholars


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Student Opportunities


Water in the Solar System and Beyond Summer School
The 15th Vatican Observatory Summer School will be held on May 28 June 24 in Rome, Italy. Water plays an important role in the origin and chemical development of comets, asteroids, icy moons, and planets. Recent space missions, remote sensing, and laboratory research have led to considerable growth in our understanding of the role of water in the solar system and in cosmochemistry. Expert faculty will direct a comprehensive fourweek course of lectures, presentations, and handson projects in the beautiful setting of the Papal villas outside Rome. Field trips to local sites of historical interest in astronomy are included.


Application Deadline: October 31, 2015


LPI 2016 Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science
The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invites undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of
credit to experience cuttingedge research in the lunar and planetary sciences. Summer interns will work oneonone with a scientist at the LPI or at the NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in lunar and planetary science. Furthermore, they will participate in peerreviewed research, learn from topnotch planetary scientists, and preview various careers in science. The 10 week program begins June 6, 2016, and ends on August 12, 2016. Selected students will receive a $5675.00 stipend; in addition, U.S. students will receive a $1000.00 travel stipend, and foreign nationals will receive a $1500.00 foreign travel reimbursement.


Application Deadline: January 8, 2016


2016 Pierazzo International Student Travel Award
This award is established by the Planetary Science Institute in memory of Senior Scientist Betty
Pierazzo to support and encourage graduate students to build international collaborations and relationships in planetary science. Two awards will be made each year, contingent upon there being meritorious applications. One will be awarded to a graduate student working on his or her Ph.D. at an institution within the U.S. This is to support travel to a planetary science related meeting (conferences and workshops) outside of the U.S. The second award will be to a graduate student working on his or her Ph.D. at an institution outside of the U.S. This is to support travel to a planetary science related meeting within the U.S. These include general meetings that have planetaryfocused sessions such as the AGU, GSA, EGU and IAG. The award will consist of a certificate and up to
$2000 US.


Application deadline: 9 PM PST, November 13, 2015


Science Ambassador Scholarship

Now accepting applications for a FULLRIDE scholarship for women pursuing undergraduate
degrees in science, engineering or math. To apply, submit a video of yourself explaining a topic in
science you are passionate about. Candidates will be judged on the communication skills; the ideal
"science ambassador" will be able to effectively convey their excitement and passion for their field.
The videos will be reviewed by a board of 50 women who hold higher degrees and work professionally in science and engineering.Ten video finalists will move onto the next round and submit additional materials.


Application Deadline: December 1, 2015


Conferences (2015)


Extreme Solar Systems III
November 28–December 4, 2015
Waikoloa Beach, Hawaii, USA
Late Abstract Deadline (for posters only): October 20, 2015
Late Registration Deadline: November 3, 2015


AGU Fall Meeting
December 14–18, 2015
San Francisco, CA, USA
Early Registration Deadline: November 12, 2015


Conferences (2016)


The Astrophysics of Planetary Habitability
February 8–12, 2016
Vienna, Austria
Abstract Submission Deadline: November 18, 2015
Early Registration Deadline: December 17, 2015


International Venus Conference 2016
April 4–8, 2016
Oxford, UK
Abstract Deadline: January 22, 2016

VEXAG Student Travel Grants


47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
March 21–26, 2016
The Woodlands, TX, USA
Abstract Deadline: January 12, 2016


5th Annual CubeSat Workshop
May 24–25, 2016
Oxford, UK
Abstract Deadline: April 1, 2016


Early Career Scholars Opportunities


DPS E/PO Workshop
Join your fellow scientists for a half day workshop on how to become more involved in education and
outreach on during the DPS conference on Sunday, November 9th from 9am to noon. Learn
triedandtrue techniques, best practices, and useful resources and activities. Topics may include
resources for higher education classes, writing broader impact statements for grants, press releases,
partnering in education and public outreach, and evaluation. To register, complete the survey here:

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


W.O. Crosby Postdoctoral Fellowship, MIT
The Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) invites applications for  the W. O. Crosby Postdoctoral Fellowship. The fellowship supports  exceptional early-career scientists in the fields of geology,  geochemistry, or geobiology. Crosby Fellows pursue independent  research but are encouraged to collaborate with one or more researchers  in the department. A faculty mentor hosts each fellow. Prospective fellows are encouraged to contact members of the department to discuss possible collaborations. The fellowship term is two years, and includes an annual stipend of $62,000 plus an allowance of up to $7,000 per year for research, relocation and health care expenses.


Application Deadline: December 1. The start date is flexible, but should ideally fall between June 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017. Applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. by the start date, but not more than three years before the start date. 


Department of Applied Geology Program at Curtain University in Australia 

The Geoscience Atom Probe facility and Department of Applied Geology at Curtin University is offering up to three international or domestic PhD scholarships (plus stipend) related to the development and application of atom probe microscopy of geological materials. The PhDs will form part of a major research initiative, the Advanced Resource Characterisation Facility (ARCF), to develop new technologies for geoscience research. The initiative represents a major collaborative investment by the Science and Industry Endowment Fund, Curtin University, the CSIRO and the University of Western Australia. 


Application Deadline: November 30, but candidates may be considered after this date if suitable applications are not received by the deadline.