CEDAR email: NASA Ames Summer Program 2016 - Call for Proposals

Susanne Demaree sdemaree at ucar.edu
Fri Feb 26 12:54:55 MST 2016

Call for Proposals

NASA Ames Summer Program 2016

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California

June 6 - July 1, 2016

Proposal Deadline: March 14, 2016

2016 Topic Areas

   - Solar stellar connection
   - Space weather impacts on solar and exo-planets
   - Achieving helio/astro-physics science goals with small/nano satellites


The NASA Ames Summer Program focuses on the physics of space weather events
and their interactions with planetary atmospheres. In the heliosphere, the
events start at the Sun and influence the atmospheres, ionospheres, and
magnetospheres of Earth and the other planets in the solar system.
Observations of these interactions provide data on the interaction of these
bodies with the plasma environment and can be studied to advance
theoretical development and validation.

Similar processes occur around other stars and their exo-planets. The wide
variety of exoplanet systems being discovered offers a rich ground to
explore. Even when restricted to Sun-like stars, the variety of activities
is large ¾ our limited lifespan offers us a only a brief sample of solar
activities, whereas comparative stellar astrophysics enables us to
effectively study solar conditions over much longer timescales and so to
explore solar and heliospheric activity of the distant past and future.

The “*Comparative Heliophysics Summer Program 2016”* at NASA Ames will
focus on the foundations of heliophysics and related disciplines as applied
to stars like the Sun and planets like those in the solar system with
similar formation histories and that are relevant to understanding the
formation, evolution, and present state of our immediate space environment.
The program offers also the opportunity to explore approaches to sensor
development that address space-weather impact on planetary atmospheres. It
is intended to offer the participants an opportunity to carry out a serious
program of research while interacting with colleagues. The primary focus is
to seed and encourage new multi-disciplinary research through interactions
with scientists of various backgrounds. It is expected that the
investigations will lead to high-impact publications and opportunities to
expand into new research areas.

Up to 25 students will be selected through a competitive process organized
by the UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs. In addition, three to five
advisors will be recruited from NASA's Ames Research Center
<https://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/home/index.html> to participate in the
Summer Program. The program will last for four weeks from June 6 to July 1,

Successful candidates are:

   - Currently enrolled as advanced undergraduate students**** or graduate
   students in any phase of training, or first or second year postdoctoral

****undergraduates in physics in their final years (Junior, Senior) with
strong background in applied mathematics, numerical methods, and computer
science including advanced programming language skills in C++ , Python,
and/or FORTRAN.

   - Majoring in physics with an emphasis on astrophysics, geophysics,
   plasma physics, and space physics, or experienced in at least one of these
   - Pursuing a career in heliophysics, or astrophysics or planetary

For additional information on this program, submitting a proposal and
instructions on how to apply,

please visit the Heliophysics website at


For further information, call (303) 497-1605 or e-mail vspapply at ucar.edu

*The Living With a Star program of the Heliophysics Division in NASA’s
Science Mission Directorate **sponsors the NASA Ames Summer Program.*
*The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Visiting
Scientist Programs collaborates with NASA in administering the program. The
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is an EE/AAE who values and
encourages diversity in the workplace. Images courtesy of NASA.*
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