Planetary Science News for Students

Find up-to-date information and resources for students and early career researchers in planetary science. To learn more about opportunities at the LPI, visit Internships or Postdoctoral Positions.

Student Workshops and Events Internships and Fellowships Scholarships and Awards Opportunities to Participate Resources Additional Information


Student Workshops and Events

Free Online Training from NASA: Open Science 101
NASA's Transform to Open Science (TOPS) initiative is designed to transform agencies, organizations, and communities to an inclusive culture of open science. TOPS's first priority is to develop the infrastructure to train scientists and researchers as part of our 5-year program. The open science curriculum will introduce those beginning their open science journey to important definitions, tools, and resources; and provide participants at all levels recommendations on best practices.

Save the Date! LPSC 2024
We are excited to announce the 55th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) in The Woodlands, Texas and virtually on March 11-15, 2024! LPSC is a defining event in planetary research, bringing together a diverse group of international experts in a truly collaborative environment. For 55 years, LPSC has been convening the lunar and planetary science community to showcase the latest science, research, and discoveries in the field. The deadline to submit a conference abstract is January 9, 2024.

Free Online Training: Overcoming the Struggle to Write
Check out this free, interactive, on-demand 1-hour training in academic writing by Dr. Anna Clemens. This training is ideal for postdoctoral researchers who want to write scientific papers with a structured process in a controlled time frame. Dr. Clemens is an academic writing coach with a background in both science and journalism who has worked with hundreds of researchers inside her online program, the Researchers’ Writing Academy.

The Postdoc Academy - Free online courses
The Postdoc Academy offers two free online courses on edX featuring asynchronous, self-paced content: "Succeeding as a Postdoc" and "Building Skills for a Successful Career."


Scholarships and Awards

AMS Senior Named Scholarships - Deadline: March 8, 2024
The American Meteorological Society (AMS) administers senior undergraduate scholarships established in memory of a loved one or to honor an individual’s contributions to the sciences. These scholarships are intended to help further the education of outstanding students who are pursuing degrees in the atmospheric and related oceanic or hydrologic sciences. Current Juniors should apply now for the school year beginning in the fall of 2023. Scholarship awards will range from $2000 to $10,000. The deadline to apply is March 8, 2024.

Women in Science Scholarship - Deadline: March 15, 2024
The Women in Science Scholarship supports women pursuing an undergraduate degree in the atmospheric, oceanic, and climate sciences, and related areas of study. The scholarship was established to acknowledge that gender diversity is essential in the pursuit of better science. An all-woman committee reviews and selects the recipient of this award. The scholarship carries a $10,000 stipend. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2024.

Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship for Women Geoscience Graduate Students - Deadline: April 2, 2024
The Wallace Scholarship supports one Master’s and one Doctoral female geoscience graduate student each year. This highly competitive award of $5000 is awarded based on academic merit and potential for a robust career in the geosciences. All women pursuing a graduate degree during the 2023-2024 academic year at accredited U.S. institutions in a recognized geoscience program are encouraged to apply. Applications are due on April 2, 2024.


Opportunities to Participate

Workshops in 2023: Culturally Inclusive Planetary Engagement
Planetary scientists and astrobiologists (including graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, engineers and technicians) and informal (out-of-school time) educators are invited to apply to attend a 2023 Culturally Inclusive Planetary Engagement professional development workshop organized by the LPI. During these workshops, scientists and educators are paired together and supported in bi-directional conversations around diversity and inclusion in engaging Black and Latinx audiences in planetary science.

NASA's Citizen Science Projects
NASA’s citizen science projects are collaborations between scientists and interested members of the public. Through these collaborations, volunteers (known as citizen scientists) have helped make thousands of important scientific discoveries.

National Postdoctoral Association
The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) was established with the goal of fostering necessary improvements to the postdoctoral situation in the United States. With a focus on advocacy, resource development, and commitment to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion, the NPA strives to improve the postdoctoral experience at the individual, organizational, and national levels. Join a community of over 70,000 scholars across more than 300 institutions.

Future Leaders of Ocean Worlds
Future Leaders of Ocean Worlds (FLOW) is a multidisciplinary group of early career scientists and engineers (undergrads, grad students, postdocs, research scientists and others <10 years post terminal degree) interested in ocean worlds and actively engaged in research relating to planetary science, origins of life, astrobiology, cryospheres, and/or oceanography. We seek to foster collaboration, develop community, and advance the interests of early career ocean world researchers.

Become an Eclipse Ambassador
Do you love space science and want to share with your community? Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to become a NASA Partner Eclipse Ambassador! Eclipse Ambassadors will train virtually with others across the country in a three week workshop to learn new tools and techniques for explaining eclipses and engaging with the public. As a NASA partner, you will be recognized for your commitment to astronomy public engagement and supplied with educational materials as well as community connections.



Careers at NASA
NASA is more than astronauts. We are scientists, engineers, IT specialists, human resources specialists, accountants, writers, technicians and many other kinds of people working together to break barriers to achieve the seemingly impossible.

Planetary Science REU Programs
This is a searchable list of REU programs where students can work on research program in planetary science. The individual entries note the specific planetary fields in the particular program. The information here is meant as a starting point, a first-stop to see a summary of what is out there.

NSF REU Database
The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.

Paid Research Programs for Students
Browse a database of paid research programs assembled by Cientifico Latino. Research experiences for undergraduates (REUs, also known as SURPs or SURFs) are paid summer internships, usually for 6-8 weeks (sometimes including housing) at research institutions. Undergraduates are paired with a lab and gain valuable research experience. These are extremely helpful for obtaining post-graduate jobs in STEM and applying to graduate or professional schools.

AGU Career Center
No matter your career stage, professional and career development are important to advancing yourself and helping guide others. The American Geophysical Union (AGU) provides career and educational resources, webinars, mentoring services, and support for students and professionals at all levels in Earth and space science. Visit AGU’s Career Center to find current job postings for various career levels.

NOAA Student Opportunities Database
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has opportunities for students of any level, from high school, undergraduate and graduate, to recent graduates. Opportunities include one-day events, summer internships at NOAA, multi-year fellowships, and more.

Resources for Scholars
The Louis Stokes Center for Promotion of Academic Careers (LS-PAC) is a data-driven center dedicated to broadening participation in the STEM professoriate through mentoring, networking, and professional development. They provide resources for undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, and faculty and staff.


Additional Information

NSF ETAP (Education and Training Platform)
Browse a searchable database of NSF Opportunities to discover what could be the next step in your academic journey. Search by keyword or use the filters to find Opportunities relevant to your interests. Start your application when you find a good fit or save it to come back to when you’re ready.

Graduate Schools for Planetary Science
DPS has compiled a list of the graduate programs which can lead to a PhD with a planetary science focus.

Planetary Science MS/ PhD Positions
This spreadsheet organized by DPS lists open MS/PhD positions in planetary science.

JPL Postdoctoral Postitions
Find current job openings for postdoctoral scholars at the JPL. The academic environment at JPL is strongly informed by its role as part of Caltech. Post-docs have always been a critical element of the research community, and JPL is committed to providing ample opportunity with the right framework for success.

LPI Postdoctoral Positions
Review postdoctoral researcher positions available at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. LPI's science team pursues innovative research, supports NASA programs, provides a connection to the university scientific community, and contributes scientific knowledge and expertise to all of the Institute's programs and activities.


  Join our group on Facebook      RSS Feed

Get the solar system in your inbox.

Sign up for Planetary Science News for Students