Early Career Venus Scholars Student Opportunities

Grants in Aid of Research Program
Application Deadlines: March 15 and October 1 annually.
The Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research (GIAR) program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences since 1922. By encouraging close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project

AGU Honor awards
Africa Award for Research Excellence in Space Science
The Africa Award for Research Excellence in Space Science is given annually to an early career scientist from the African continent in recognition of "completing significant work that shows the focus and promise of making outstanding contributions to research in space science."

Established in 2015 by the generosity of Sunanda Basu, these awards will help to advance AGU's strategic mission by supporting diversity in the scientific community and acknowledging excellence in research in space, oceans and Earth sciences and providing opportunities for international collaboration and support.

Ambassador Award
The Ambassador Award is given annually to one or up to five honorees in recognition for "outstanding contributions to one or more of the following area(s): societal impact, service to the Earth and space community, scientific leadership, and promotion of talent/career pool."

Athelstan Spilhaus Award
The Athelstan Spilhaus Award is given annually to one honoree in recognition of their "enhancement of the public engagement with Earth and space sciences," through devoting portions of their career conveying to the general public the excitement, significance, and beauty of the Earth and space sciences.

Devendra Lal Memorial Medal
The Devendra Lal Memorial Medal is given annually to one honoree in recognition of "outstanding Earth and/or space sciences research by a scientist belonging to and working in a developing country."

Science for Solutions Award
The Science for Solutions Award is given annually to one student or postdoctoral scientist in recognition for "significant contributions in the application and use of the Earth and space sciences to solve societal problems."

James B. Macelwane Medal
The James B. Macelwane Medal is given annually to three or up to five honorees in recognition for "significant contributions to the geophysical sciences by an outstanding early career scientist."

Climate Communication Prize
The Climate Communication Prize is given annually to one honoree in recognition for "the communication of climate science."The prize was established in 2011 to highlight the importance of promoting scientific literacy, clarity of message, and efforts to foster respected and understanding of science-based values as they relate to the implications of climate change.

Planetary Scientist Engagement Institute Presented by the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute: the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and the Lunar and Planetary Institute

Who: Planetary scientists and engineers (including graduate students and other early career scientists)
Where: Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX
When: March 22-23, 2019
Registration is free but required and limited.
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The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory's VORTICES program and the Lunar and Planetary Institute are conducting a Planetary Science Engagement Institute for planetary scientists interested in engaging public audiences in planetary science and solar system exploration. Hear from a variety of experts on public engagement. Content will include common solar system misconceptions, techniques for addressing
controversial topics, simple activities and demonstrations for engaging audiences, connecting with local museums and astronomy clubs, and more.

This free event will be held at LPI following the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. It starts at 2 pm on Friday, March 22, includes dinner, and continues until 8pm. (Free transportation may be provided from the Woodlands to LPI if needed.) It will resume at 9am on Saturday, March 23, and conclude at 3 pm. Institute registration is free, and includes dinner on March 22 and lunch on March 23. Limited travel stipends of $500 to $1,000 are available for US citizens, depending on the distance traveled.

For more information, contact Christine Shupla Lunar and Planetary Institute

Volcanism in the Solar System - Notice of Special Issue in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research
A special issue of the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research welcomes papers to advance our understanding of the volcanism in the Solar System and highlight key topics of planetary volcanology. PhD students and their supervisors are particularly welcome. We also encourage young researchers, either independent or co-authored by experienced scientists coming from both established and emerging space powers, who study volcanism of planets and their satellites. We seek papers on all aspects of planetary volcanology, including cryovolcanism on smaller bodies of the solar system that have not received sufficient coverage in the literature of planetary volcanology. Interdisciplinary collaboration among authors of this special issue is encouraged. For more information about the available topics and how to collaborate with other authors, please contact Giovanni Leone at

Opening website for paper submission:
January 1st, 2019
Deadline for submission: March 31st, 2020
Acceptance expected: December 31st, 2020
Manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through the Elsevier EVISE system at:

The authors must select Article Type "VSI: GiovanniQuickSolar" to ensure the articles are correctly submitted to the special issue.

International Venus Conference Announcement
31 May - 3 June 2019
Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan

The Akatsuki team and community in Japan will be hosting the 2019 International Venus Conference a beautiful resort in Hokkaido (it will not be skiing season though). The conference is supported by the Fujihara Foundation of Science, so it is entitled "The 74th Fujihara Seminar".

The 2018 conference was postponed to 2019 due to the strong Earthquake that struck Hokkaido just days before the conference was meant to begin. If you were scheduled to attend that meeting, please update your bookmarks from 2018 to 2019 in all URL's and email addresses.

This conference is intended to cover all areas of Venus science with special focus on new results obtained from Japan's Venus Climate Orbiter "Akatsuki". Results from previous missions, from ground-based observations, numerical computations, and theoretical works are all welcome.

Abstract Submission and Registration is now open. The Earlybird abstract deadline is Monday, 11 March (JST).

For more information about the conference and updated registration and abstract submission information, go to:

Whole Heliosphere & Planetary Interactions
It's solar minimum. In the tradition of Whole Sun Month (1996) and Whole Heliosphere Interval (2008), it's time for Whole Heliosphere & Planetary Interactions (2019) - WHPI!

Goal? A coordinated observing and modeling effort to characterize the three-dimensional interconnected solar-heliospheric-planetary system.By focussing on specific solar rotations near solar minimum, structures and activity can be unambiguously traced throughout the heliosphere and into planetary space environments.

When? Three target intervals:
Jul 2019 - Solar eclipse
Sep 2019 - Parker Solar Probe at perihelion 
Dec 2019 - Parker Solar Probe Venus flyby
Who? Everyone is welcome - it's a grassroots effort. Sign up - we will have telecons and workshops to coordinate analyses.

For further details see: