Graduate Student Opportunities in Lunar Science at University of Central Florida

Applications are solicited for highly motivated graduate students to join Dr. Kerri Donaldson Hanna in the Planetary Sciences Group in the Department of Physics at the University of Central Florida ( Dr. Donaldson Hanna’s research interests include combining remote sensing observations with laboratory studies to investigate the formation and evolution of airless bodies (e.g., the Moon, asteroids, Mercury, Phobos and Deimos) and the design and development of space instrumentation. She is currently a Co-I on the Diviner Lunar Radiometer team and a participating scientist on the OSIRIS-REx teams.

Potential research topics include the investigation of the Moon’s ancient crust and how surface processes have changed it over time, the composition of the Solar System as viewed through small bodies, and laboratory emissivity studies of analog materials under simulated airless body conditions. Students will gain experience in the analyses of multiple remote sensing data sets, making laboratory spectral measurements and designing instrumentation.

Graduate student applications will be considered for Fall 2019 and applications are due January 15, 2019. 

Applicants with questions about these opportunities can contact Dr. Donaldson Hanna at