Early Career Venus Scholars Student Opportunities

Sigma Xi Student Research Grants

Deadline: October 1, 2018

Sigma Xi invites undergraduate and graduate students to apply for a research grant by October 1. The Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program application is available at Awards in this cycle will be dispersed in January 2019.

In the spring 2018 cycle, GIAR awarded approximately $191,000 to nearly 200 students. These undergraduate students, master’s degree students, and doctoral candidates from nine countries are using their grants to tackle a diverse set of projects, from understanding stardust to investigating the effects of larvicides.

Funds from the National Academy of Sciences and from gifts make the grants possible. GIAR funded 20 percent of the grant applications received in the previous cycle, but it could award more grants in future cycles if the program receives more gifts. Sigma Xi is committed to strengthening the GIAR program, which has awarded student research grants since 1922. To make a gift to GIAR, go to

Planetary Science Slides and Illustrations available
Planetary Science Research Discoveries (PSRD) has sets of Powerpoint slides for your use. These are summaries of PSRD articles covering planetary science, including the processes by which planets, moons, and small bodies form and evolve. The slides have captions and notes, and are linked to PSRD articles that provide the full context, additional graphics, and references. New content added monthly. Use our search box to find just what you need.

NAU Astronomy and Planetary Science PHD Student Opportunities
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University seeks outstanding applicants for our PhD program in Astronomy and Planetary Science.

Our research portfolio includes exoplanet science; the formation and evolution of planetary systems; the small bodies in our Solar System; planetary geology of solid bodies in our Solar System; robotic exploration of Mars; laboratory astrophysics studies; and observational planetary astronomy. We enjoy institutional access to major telescopes around the world, and we also work closely with colleagues at the nearby Lowell Observatory and US Geological Survey/Astrogeology Science Center.

We are particularly seeking applicants to work on the following funded research projects:

  • telescopic observations of asteroids [Cristina Thomas]
  • exoplanet studies and terrestrial exoplanet analogs [Ty Robinson]
  • Mars rover/remote sensing/big data for terrestrial and planetary science [Mark Salvatore]
  • Hubble Space Telescope observations of the outermost Solar System [David Trilling]
  • remote sensing of Mars and the moon [Christopher Edwards] -the evolution of massive stars [Phil Massey]
  • astrophysical ice lab experiments [Jennifer Hanley, Will Grundy, Steve Tegler]

More information is available at

and through contacting individual faculty directly about their research.

We particularly encourage applications from students with diverse backgrounds.

Seeking NESSF Reviewers
We are looking for reviewers for Planetary NESSF (NASA Earth and Space  Science Fellowship) proposals. If you (or someone you know) would like to  get review panel experience, or you want to try your hand at being a group  chief, NESSF is a great place to start. Even if you are a more senior  scientist and a panel  pro but just want to help out of thekindness of  your heart and a sense of duty to the community, we'd love to have you  too! Help us show the newbies how it is done. NESSF covers nearly every  topic in planetary science, so whatever your expertise is, we probably  need it. These panels are done entirely virtually, no travel is required,  and we pay you the usual honorarium. Volunteer form link here.

Field Training and Research Program at Meteor Crater
The LPI-JSC Center for Lunar Science and Exploration is excited to announce a student field camp opportunity coming this fall! The Field Training and Research Program at Meteor Crater is organized under the auspices of the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), which is designed, in part, to train a new generation of explorers for the Moon and beyond.

Application deadline:  June 11, 2018

Click here for more information and access to an electronic application form.