Summer research in oceanography

Here is an announcement I recently received.  Note that it specifically is directed at students in physics.

I would like to inform your constituents about an exciting ten-week summer internship opportunity in the Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, in La Jolla, California. I have attached a flyer for your review and copied the job listing below — please forward / use in any ways that would best get the word out.

Our internship program is a great opportunity for inquisitive and motivated undergraduate students with exceptional aptitude for quantitative science majoring in Oceanography, Applied Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geology to work with some of the most notable scientists in the world while earning a modest salary.
UCSD is an equal opportunity employer, with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity.
More information can be found on our website, where we will be accepting applications through 4 p.m. Pacific time on February 16, 2018. If you have any questions please contact me.
Warm regards,

Eva Friedlander | Summer Internship Coordinator | Marine Physical Laboratory | UC San Diego Scripps Institution Of Oceanography | MC 0213 |

OSU undergrad research

The Ohio State Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry is a valuable resource for any student seeking research opportunities.

The office maintains a list of research opportunities for undergraduates.  These are for all disciplines, but many of them require the sorts of skills that you may possess.  Over the years, several majors in Astronomy and Astrophysics have done productive and exciting research in other fields.  Training in any field of research is extremely valuable for graduate school or for employment in technical fields.  Give it a look!


Summer research in materials science

Here’s an announcement I recently received.

I want to bring to your attention a 2018 NSF Sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The focus is on Experimental and Computational Materials Research. See poster below and visit our website for complete program details.
The program dates are May 20 to Jul 27, 2018. The application deadline is April 1, 2018, but you should consider getting your documentation in place early, including securing letters of recommendation from faculty.  Decisions will be made no later than April 15, 2018.
The research projects include, but are not limited to, electronic materials, nanomaterials, lasers and optical materials, biosensors, biophysics & biomaterials, computational materials, biomedical research and materials under pressure.”
The REU program will pay a $5,000 stipend for the ten weeks period, plus additional support for housing, travel and other expenses. If you have questions about logistics, housing, and travel arrangements, please contact Charita Cadenhead <> or by phone at (205) 975-8076.

Planetary Science Ph.D. Program at Northern Arizona U.

Here’s an announcement I recently received.

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.
Application deadline is January 1, 2018.

Undergraduate STEM FLAS Fellowships

The East Asian Studies Center seeks applications each year for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. These fellowships are available to undergraduate students of junior or senior standing in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) field who have successfully completed two years of East Asian language study at the college level.

Deadline for applications is February 1, 2018.

For details, see the full announcement from the East Asian Studies Center.

Good luck with your finals!

The end of the semester is finally near, and with it the dreaded final exams.  It’s especially important to take care of yourself, and to be in good shape so you can communicate what you’ve learned and how much you have grown academically.

If you want a few minutes distraction, check out this video on Why Perfect Grades Don’t Matter and comment below.  Like all of my fellow students back in the day, my grades were far from perfect (don’t ask).  But even so we held on to our dreams and sooner or later an opportunity appeared where we could show off our talents.  So keep plugging away, making improvements where you can, and remember that you are not defined by your grades … Astronomy is probably the coolest subject there is.  Even if it is hard sometimes, do try to keep up your enthusiasm and excitement.

Instructional Aides wanted

We are seeking Instructional Aides (IAs) for Spring Semester 2018. IAs are expected to attend class and assist professors with copying and distributing class materials, setting up computers and A/V equipment, possibly grading, or whatever else is needed. Pay is $9.00 per hour.

The following sections are available:

Course Instructor Meets
1101 lab Schlingman T 10:20a-12:10p
1101 lab Schlingman T 1:50p-3:40p
1101 lab Schlingman W 1:50p-3:40p
1140 Ryden TR 11:10a-12:30p
1141 Lopez TR 11:10a-12:30p
1141 Pogge MWF 1:50p-2:45p
1142 Kochanek MWF 11:30a-12:25p
1143 Leroy MWF 12:40p-1:35p
1144 Mathur TR 9:30a-10:55a

If you wish to apply, write to Ms. Kristy Krehnovi ( by the end of the day Wednesday, November 30th with the following information:

  • What course(s) you can attend
  • What year in school you are
  • If you are available for more than one class, tell her you priorities and if you would like to have more than one section.

Public lecture by Cham and Whiteson

On Friday, October 27, the Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics will host a special public lecture by Jorge Cham (PhD Comics) and Daniel Whiteson (Physicist at UC Irvine).  The topic is the new book “We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe“, and the talk is billed as a fun presentation that combines science, humor, and live drawing.

The talk will take place in 1000 McPherson Lab at 7:00 p.m.  No reservations are required, but you might want to show up a little early in order to get a seat.