NASA Planetary Biology Internship by keara


									                                       NASA Planetary Biology Internship
Objectives of NASA Space Exploration and              Langley Research Center               Eligibility
the Planetary Biology Internship Program                Hampton, VA                         Graduate students and senior undergraduates
The objectives of NASA space exploration              J.S.Levine - biogenic atmospheric     accepted to graduate school who are majoring in
encompasses three goals that the National              gases                                biology or other related sciences such as
Academy of Sciences placed before the scientific                                            paleontology, atmospheric science, and geochem-
community:                                            Specialized Center of Research and    istry, with interests in planetary biology are
1. To determine the origin and evolution of the       Training in Exobiology                eligible to apply for this program.
solar system.                                         (NSCORT) San Diego, CA                Applicants will be considered for awards without
2. To determine the origin and evolution of life.     G. Arrhenius, Scripps, UC San Diego   regard to race, creed, color, sex, national origin or
3. To clarify the nature and processes that shape       (primordial geochemistry)           handicap.
the Earth’s terrestrial environment for humans.       J. Bada, Scripps, UC San Diego
                                                        (biogeochemistry)                   Selection
Purposes and Scope of the Planetary Biology           G. Joyce, Scripps Research Inst.      Selection will be based on the following criteria:
Internship Program                                      (RNA prebiotic chemistry)           1. Academic record
The aim of the Planetary Biology Internship                                                 2. Career objectives and the match of interest of
program is to provide opportunites for graduate       New York Center for Studies on        the applicant with the NASA-funded sponsor
students to take part in planetary biology research   the Origins of Life, Troy, NY         investigator.
at NASA centers and universities. The pursuit of      J. Ferris, RPI (origins of life)      Students should communicate with investigators
such studies is expected to broaden the base of                                             prior to applying to the program. (Applicants are
this new science by encouraging people in many        University-associated scientists      responsible for obtaining current addresses and
different fields to take part. Students accepted in   S. Awramik, UC Santa Barbara, CA      phone numbers of sponsors.)
the PBI program will be expected to carry out          (earliest life history)
research with a NASA-sponsored investigator for       S. Cady, Portland State U., OR        Awards
eight weeks usually during the summer months.           (stromatolites)                     Interns will receive a stipend of $3,600 for the 8
Typical programs in which interns may become          E. Davidson, Woods Hole Res. Ctr.,    weeks of their participation in the program, and
involved include: global ecology and remote             MA (soil microbial ecology)         reimbursement for transportation costs not to
sensing; microbial ecology and bio-                   D. Deamer, UC Santa Cruz, CA          exceed $1100. The award is non-renewable.
mineralization; advanced life support; origin and      (origin of membranes)
early evolution of life. Applicants may choose to     P. Falkowski, Rutgers U.              Application
work with sponsors other than those listed below      (photosynthetic bacteria)             Interested students should submit the enclosed
provided they are conducting NASA-supported           J. Foster, U Florida                  application form by Feb. 15, 2010, with the
research.                                               (stromatolites)                     following documents
                                                      G. Fox, U. Houston, TX                1. An official copy of transcripts for all
NASA CENTERS                                            (molecular evolution)               undergraduate and graduate work.
 Ames Research Center,                                P. Gogarten, U. Connecticut           2. Curriculum vitae
   Moffett Field, CA                                    (molecular evolution)               3. A brief typewritten description (1-2 pages) of
B. Bebout – microbial mats                            J. Grotzinger, Cal Tech               academic goals and career plans, and an
D. DesMarais - microbial mat                            (stromatolite sedimentology)        explanation of what is hoped to be accomplished
  geochemistry                                        A. Knoll, Harvard U., MA              through the internship experience.
L. Jahnke - molecular evolution                         (Prephanerozoic paleoecology)       4. Two letters of recommendation from faculty
R. Mancinelli - microbial ecology                     R. Kretsinger (U. Virginia)           members that cover academic achievement,
C. McKay - ecopoiesis                                   (calcium proteins)                  career potential and character.
D. Peterson - remote sensing                          D. Lowe, Stanford U., CA
A. Pohorille - computerized                             (stromatolites)                     Internships may not be used to continue graduate
  simulations on the origin of life                   G. McDonald, JPL/Cal Tech             training at one’s home institution. Completed
J. Trent - extremophile molecular                       (microbial ecology)                 forms and letters of recommendation are to be
  biology                                             S. Mojzsis, U Colorado                returned to the following address. Notification
                                                        (origins of life, atmosphere)       will be made the last week of April.
Goddard Institute for Space                           M. Musgrave, U. Connecticut
  Studies, NY                                         (plant space biology)                 PBI
J. Hansen - global climatology                        K. Nealson, USC                       Office of Education
E. Matthews - climate and carbon                        (microbial ecology)                 Marine Biological Laboratory
  cycle monitoring                                    J. Stolz, Duquesnse U., PA            7 MBL Street
D. Peteet - paleoclimatology                            (microbial ecology)                 Woods Hole, MA 02543-1015
                                                      F. Taub, U. Washington
Goddard Space Flight Center                             (closed ecological systems)         The Planetary Biology Internship program is
 Greenbelt, MD                                        D. Usher, Cornell U., NY              supported by the Exobiology Program office,
 F. Hall – remote sensing                               (prebiotic chemistry)               NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC. Questions
                                                      S. Wofsy, Harvard U., MA              concerning this program should be addressed to
Kennedy Space Flight Center, FL                         (global carbon cycle)               Michael F. Dolan at NASA PBI, Geosciences
J.L. Garland - microbial ecology                                                            Department, University of Massachusetts,
C.R. Hinkle - landscape ecology                       MBL/WHOI, Woods Hole, MA              Amherst, MA 01003-5820, (413) 545-3223,
W. Knott - advanced life support                      M. Sogin, (molecular evolution)       (email:
R.M. Wheeler – life support                           J. Huber (marine microbiology)

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