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

Informational Webinars - Applying for NOAA Undergraduate Scholarship and Internship Opportunities
Are you a sophomore majoring in a STEM discipline? Are you looking for internships and mentorship from scientists, natural resource managers, and policy advisors at one of the Nation's premier science agencies? Join the NOAA Office of Education to learn all about scholarship and internship opportunities! These scholarships, offering up to $45,000 in financial support, include 2 paid summer internships, funding for housing and travel, and professional development training. Informational webinars are being offered on Nov. 2, Dec. 2, and Jan. 18. Register today!

LPI Planetary Science Weekly Seminar - Thursdays @ 3:00 p.m. CT
Tune in to LPI's virtual planetary science seminars to hear about cutting edge research from scientists around the world. To receive detailed information about upcoming webinars, as well as directions for how to join, sign up for our 'LPI Seminars' newsletter.

 

Internships and Fellowships

Percival Lowell Postdoctoral Fellowship at Lowell Observatory - Deadline: November 30
Lowell Observatory invites applications for the Percival Lowell Postdoctoral Fellowship, which aims to attract recent graduates to pursue independent research projects of their own choice in the fields of astronomy, planetary science, and astronomical instrumentation. View the job posting to learn more. Complete applications received by November 30, 2022 will receive full consideration.

Lunar and Planetary Institute Summer Intern Program - Deadline: December 12
The LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to perform cutting-edge research, learn from leading scientists, and explore exciting careers in planetary science. During the ten-week internship, students have opportunities to participate in enrichment activities, including lectures and career development workshops. Applications for the 2023 program will close on December 12, 2022.

NASA Space Life Sciences Training Program
The Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) provides undergraduate students with professional experience in space life science disciplines. The ten-week, paid summer program is hosted by NASA’s Ames Research Center. Students work closely with renowned NASA scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research exploring the effects of spaceflight on living systems, the development of advanced biotechnologies and facilities, and more. Applications for 2023 will open in Fall 2022 and close in January.

Air Force Research Laboratory Scholars Program
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program, administered by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), offers paid internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing STEM degrees, as well as upper-level high school students. Interns gain valuable hands-on experience working with full-time AFRL scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research and technology and are able to contribute to unique, research-based projects. Applications for the 2023 program will open in Fall 2022 and close in January.

IRIS Internship Program
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) is a consortium of over 125 US universities and is a world leader in advancing discovery, research, and education in seismology to understand the planet and benefit society. Each summer, undergraduate interns spend eight- to ten-weeks working on a paid seismological research project with researchers at IRIS member institutions. Applications for the 2023 program will open in Fall 2022 and close in February.

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program - Deadline: January 23
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program is a ten-week, paid summer research fellowship for undergraduate and graduate students in STEM majors. Participants complete a cutting-edge research project at one of the Department’s National Laboratories or DOE Headquarters in support of the Department’s mission to minimize the environmental impacts of energy resource recovery and use while working towards net-zero emissions. Applications for 2023 are now open. The deadline to apply is January 23, 2023.

 

Scholarships and Awards

Ford Foundation Fellowships
On behalf of the Ford Foundation, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine administers a national competition to award to predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships. Through these fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties. The 2023 competition is now open. Applications are due in December.

L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Program
The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. Candidates must have completed their PhD and started a postdoctoral research position by the application deadline. Applications for 2023 will open in Fall 2022. The deadline is in January.

American Meteorological Society Student Awards - Deadline: January 1
The American Meteorological Society (AMS) administers an array of graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships with the support of its members, corporations, and government agencies nationwide. The fellowships and scholarships range from $1,000 to $25,000 and help further the education of outstanding graduate and undergraduate students pursuing a career in the atmospheric and related oceanic or hydrologic sciences. Applications for AMS Graduate Fellowships are now open. Applications are due on January 1, 2023.

GSA Graduate Student Research Grants
The Geological Society of America (GSA) offers research grants to provide partial support of master's and doctoral thesis research in the geological sciences for graduate students enrolled in universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. Applications for 2023 will open in Fall 2022 and close in February.

 

Opportunities to Participate

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.

Científico Latino
Científico Latino aims to help undergraduate, graduate, and professional students by providing mentorship, open-access resources on scholarships, fellowships and blog posts on professional development.

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.

 

Resources

Article: "10 Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for a NASA Internship"
Every year, NASA looks for talented candidates to bring their talents and ideas to their internship program. #NASAInterns contribute directly to missions like the Artemis program and the Mars Exploration program. Ready to launch your NASA career? Here are 10 things you can do now to prepare for a NASA internship.

Resource Packet - Opportunities Assembled by the LPI
The Lunar and Planetary Institute has assembled a document with compiled resources and opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and early career scientists. This document is a work-in-progress, please reach out with questions or additions.

Jobs and Internships at US National Labs
The Department of Energy's National Laboratories offer jobs, internships, and fellowships to talented individuals. Many also have educational resources from community outreach programs to online learning modules.

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.

The Career Issue: Change Is the Only Constant
Check out this issue of the American Geophysical Union's (AGU) Eos Journal. In this issue, you'll learn how more than a dozen professionals use Earth and space sciences to pursue innovative and interesting careers.

Science Career Path Tool
NASA's Science Career Path Tool is an interactive online tool that features five distinct science career tracks and summarizes the common roles across the NASA science workforce. The tool can help students learn about career opportunities, plan and navigate careers trajectories, and determine training and development needs to better prepare for different roles.

Professional Development Opportunities – edX Online Courses
The edX platform offers free, online courses across a wide range of subjects, bringing together the best universities from all around the world to create courses for everyone, everywhere. Looking for professional development programming, edX offers online classes and courses in education covering a broad range of topics from educational policy and history to curriculum design and teaching techniques. Explore all that edX has to offer.

 

Additional Information

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Comparative Planetary Evolution at CalTech - Deadline: January 1
The Caltech Center for Comparative Planetary Evolution (3CPE) at the California Institute of Technology is soliciting applications for a postdoctoral fellowship. This fellowship will be awarded to an outstanding applicant pursuing research in any area related to planetary science, either within the solar system or beyond, using observational, theoretical, or computational techniques. View the job posting to learn more. Applications are due on January 1, 2023.

AGU Congressional Science Fellowship
The Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows program is a ten-week, paid summer program that places science, engineering, and mathematics students (undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral) at media organizations nationwide. Fellows use their academic training as they research, write, and report today’s headlines, sharpening their skills in communicating complex scientific issues to the public. Applications for 2023 will open in October 2022.

Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship
The Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows program is a ten-week, paid summer program that places science, engineering, and mathematics students (undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral) at media organizations nationwide. Fellows use their academic training as they research, write, and report today’s headlines, sharpening their skills in communicating complex scientific issues to the public. Applications for 2023 will open in October 2022.

UCAR Unidata Summer Internships
The Unidata Summer Internship program offers graduate students and upper-level undergraduates the opportunity to work closely with Unidata’s professional staff on a variety of projects. As part of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Unidata interns build software development skills, learn about data-enabled geoscience, and get to know what it’s like to work in a community-focused organization supporting Earth Science research and education. Applications for the 2023 program will close in January 2022.

American Museum of Natural History REU in Physical Science
The American Museum of Natural History's (AMNH) Division of Physical Sciences offers paid summer research opportunities in astrophysics and Earth and planetary sciences. The program brings approximately eight undergraduate students to the AMNH in New York City each summer for a ten-week experience. Students work with curators, faculty, and post-doctoral fellows to conduct original research projects. Applications for the 2023 program will open in Fall 2022 and close in January.

SETI Summer Research Internship Program
The SETI Institute, a non-profit private scientific research institution located in California’s Silicon Valley, invites highly motivated college students interested in astronomy, astrobiology, and planetary science research to apply for a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Students will work with scientists at the SETI Institute and at the nearby NASA Ames Research Center on projects spanning the field of astrobiology, from microbiology to observational astronomy. Applications for the 2023 program will open in Fall 2022 and close in January.

 

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