Early Career Venus Scholars Student Opportunities

International Venus Conference 2018, September 11–14, 2018 Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan
Abstracts and Early-Bird registration requests are due by April 19 (8am EDT)


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.

SMD Seeks Volunteer Reviewers
Seeking volunteer reviewers in Earth and Space Science NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is seeking subject matter experts to serve as mail-in and/or panel reviewers of proposals to ROSES and other SMD solicitations. Just follow the links below to the volunteer review forms and click the boxes to indicate the topics in which you consider yourself to be a subject matter expert. If your skills match our needs for that review, we will contact you to discuss scheduling. 

We are currently seeking reviewers for:

  • Heliophysics Programs (Appendix B of ROSES-18)
  • Emerging Worlds (C.2 of ROSES)
  • Exobiology (C.5 of ROSES)
  • Solar System Observations (C.6 of ROSES)
  • Planetary Data Archiving, Restoration, and Tools (C.7 of ROSES)
  • MatISSE and DALI (high-TRL planetary instrument programs) C.13 and C.22 of ROSES
  • Juno Participating Scientist Program (E.5 of ROSES)
  • Earth Surface and Interior and Space Geodesy Programs
  • Astrophysics Data Analysis Program (D.2 of ROSES)
  • Small Innovative Missions for Planetary Exploration (SIMPLEx PEA J of SALMON-3 AO)

The names of the programs above should contain links to those individual review forms, but the landing page all of these forms may be found here.

Student and Early Career Travel Grants for CCTP3 Meeting
Student and early career (less than 8 years from PhD) travel support will be available for the Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets Meeting #3 (CCTP3), scheduled for August 27-30, 2018 at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas.

Provide a travel grant request by Wednesday, June 13, 2018 to Victoria Hartwick, containing:

  1. A one-page description of how your participation in this meeting will
    benefit you professionally and contribute to the field of comparative
  2. Your abstract
  3. Your resume

The expectation is that those selected for travel grants will be notified by Friday, July 6, 2018.

Applications for GSA Planetary Geology Division Junior Student Advisory Member Due June 1
This position, open to graduate students, offers students an opportunity to actively engage with the PGD officers and planetary community in an important role on this service committee. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, updating and maintaining the Student Opportunities page on the PGD website, helping to staff and provide student-related materials at the PGD booth during the GSA annual meeting and at LPSC, running the annual button design contest, serving as a PGD representative to the GSA Student Advisory Council, and participating in and taking notes during regularly scheduled PGD telecons. 

This is a two-year position (second year as a Senior Student Advisor), and includes one partial travel award to attend and present first-author research at the annual GSA meeting. To apply, email a current one-page CV (include discipline and advisor) and a short justification (300-500 words) on why you are interested in serving as a PGD Student Advisor. Justification should focus on your record of previous community involvement and public service. More details here.

Send completed application materials as a single PDF to Sharon Wilson Purdy at by June 1, 2018.