Early Career Venus Scholars Student Opportunities

Apply for "The PI Launchpad:  From Science Idea to NASA Mission" NASA, the University of Arizona and the Heising-Simons Foundation are organizing a workshop in Tucson, AZ for researchers and engineers who would like to submit a NASA space mission proposal in the next few years but don’t know where to start. We are interested in broadening the pool of potential NASA space mission PI’s. People with marginalized identities are strongly encouraged to apply. There is no cost to attend the workshop and travel, meals, and lodging for non-NASA participants will be covered by the Heising-Simons Foundation.

Launchpad applications and instructions on how to apply are available on the NSPIRES page for this opportunity

Applications may be submitted via NSPIRES until 11:59 pm Eastern Time on October 4th, 2019. All applications must be submitted as a "Notice of Intent" via NSPIRES as a self-contained PDF file that includes your name, organization, and contact information. To submit an application, an NSPIRES account is required. To create a new account, please see the NSPIRES User Registration Page.
Applications due on NSPIRES: October 4th, 2019
Selections made no later than: October 21st, 2019
Workshop Dates: November 18th-20th, 2019

Workshop Location: University of Arizona Campus, Tucson, AZ

Student and Early Career Travel Grants for VEXAG Meeting #17 in Mid-November
Student and early career (less than five years from PhD) travel support may be available for the Venus Exploration and Analysis Group (VEXAG) Meeting #17 that will be held November 6-8, 2019, at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), University of Colorado. Selected recipients of travel grants are expected to present a poster. Stipends for travel will be provided at the end of the meeting. Recipients of travel grants are expected to setup and pay for their own travel.
Provide a Notice of Intent by Friday, October 3, 2019 to containing:

  1. A one-page description of how your participation in this meeting will benefit you professionally and contribute to NASA’s explorations of Venus and an overview of your poster,
  2. Your resume, and
  3. An endorsement from a member of the Venus Community. For logistical reasons, also provide:
    Legal Full Name
    Date of Birth
    City/State of Birth
    Preferred Email Address and Phone Numbers Home Address
    Emergency Contact – Name, Relationship, and Phone Number
    Your Affiliation with Full Address and Phone Number Gender

If you are a foreign national or permanent resident alien, also provide:
Country of Citizenship
Birth Date and Birth City, State/Region and Country
Passport Number, with Expiration Date
Visa Type, with Effective and Expiration Dates
Alien Registration # (if applicable)

Applications for the Summer Undergraduate Program for Planetary Research (SUPPR) Being Accepted
The Summer Undergraduate Program for Planetary Research, or SUPPR, is an eight-week summer internship providing undergraduates majoring in geology and related sciences with an opportunity to participate in NASA planetary geosciences research. Students work under the direction of a NASA-sponsored planetary science investigator at various science institutions. The program is designed to help students gain educational experience in their fields of study while contributing to NASA missions and science.

Request a summer intern
Mentors can request an intern by submitting a research project using the online application form. Mentors should describe the project for which the intern will apply and any necessary skills the intern needs to have.

The deadline for this request is the same as the deadline for the undergraduate application.

Mentor Responsibilities:
Supervise the student for 8 weeks during the summer (dates to be determined between the mentor and the intern)
Help the student locate local and affordable housing
Help the student develop an LPSC-style abstract at the end of the internship
For more information, visit the SUPPR website at

DPS Professional Culture and Climate Subcommittee (PCCS) Seeking New Members
Are you interested in making the planetary science community more diverse and inclusive? If so, contact Julie Rathbun to volunteer to be part of the DPS Professional Culture and Climate subcommittee (PCCS). A list of our charge, duties, and expectations can be found at:

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.

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: