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Early Career Venus Scholars


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Student Opportunities


Due 9 January 2015

2015 LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science

The Lunar and Planetary Institute invites undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit to experience cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences. Interns will work one-on-one 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. They will also participate in peer-reviewed research, learn from top-notch planetary scientists, and preview various careers in science. The 10-week program begins June 1, 2015, and ends on August 7, 2015. Selected students will receive a $5660 stipend; in addition, U.S. students will receive a $1000 travel stipend, and foreign nationals will receive a $1500 foreign travel reimbursement. Applications are only accepted via the electronic application form found at the LPI’s Summer Intern Program website.


Due  23 January 2015

2015 Exploration Science Summer Intern Program 

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is hosting a special Exploration Science Summer Intern Program to build on the success of the former Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program that was designed to evaluate possible landing sites on the Moon for robotic and human exploration missions. Over a five year period (2008–2012), teams of students worked with Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) science staff and their collaborators to produce A Global Lunar Landing Site Study to Provide the Scientific Context for Exploration of the Moon. The program for 2015 is designed to have the same impact on future exploration activities, but has a broader scope that includes both the Moon and near-Earth asteroids. It 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 lunar farside) or a more general assessment of a class of possible exploration targets (e.g., small near-Earth asteroids). This program is open to graduate students in geology, planetary science, planetary astronomy, and related programs. It is also open to exceptional undergraduate students with at least 50 semester hours of credit in those fields. The 10-week program runs from May 26, 2015 through July 31, 2015. Selected interns will receive a $5660 stipend to cover the costs associated with being in Houston for the duration of the program. Additionally, U.S. citizens will receive up to $1000 in travel expense reimbursement and foreign nationals will receive up to $1500 in travel expense reimbursement. Applications are only accepted using the electronic application form found at the LPI’s Exploration Science Summer Intern website.

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 Career Scholars Opportunities


The Venus Science Priorities for Laboratory Measurements and Instrument Definition Workshop, to be held April 7-8, 2015 in Hampton, VA (see above) has received generous support from Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems  to provide travel grants to qualified students who are first authors of an abstract to be presented at the meeting. In order to be considered for one of these grants, students must:


  1. Respond positively to the travel grant question on the electronic abstract submission form. Abstracts are due
    January 22, 2015.
  2. Provide a letter of recommendation from your advisor to Dr. Tibor Kremic (

These travel grants will be awarded by the workshop program committee primarily based on the quality of the abstract submitted. Students who would be dependent on travel assistance through one of these grants should not pay the registration fee or make travel arrangements until they have been notified about whether or not they have received an award. 


The Comparative Tectonics and Geodynamics of Venus, Earth, and Rocky Exoplanets Meeting (see above) may

have limited student travel support for U.S. citizens or legal residents.


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 submitted 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 (February 26), but all application materials should be sent to the conveners (Sue Smrekar,, and Bob Grimm, Applicants will be notified of the selections by March 12. Questions about these awards can be submitted to the conveners.


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


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