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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org)
R.M. Wheeler – life support J. Huber (marine microbiology)