Astrobiology research at the SETI Institute
Study extreme forms of life on earth that may give clues about life's origins, participate in the search for life elsewhere in the solar system, or help build a radio telescope to search for signals from alien civilizations. All of these are part of the field of Astrobiology, the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe.
CAMPARE students who are selected to work at the SETI Institute will participate in the SETI REU program on projects such as:
- Biochemistry and the Origin and Evolution of Life on Earth ORganics Exposure in Orbit (OREOcube) Experiment on the International Space Station
- Infrared Spectroscopy of Solar System Ices Planetary Science and the Search for Life in the Solar System
- Morphology and Classification of Martian Dunes Image Analysis of Outer Solar System Moons
- Astronomy and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Meteor showers and their parent comets SETI and radio astronomy
What is it?
Students will work for 10 weeks in the summer with scientists at the University of Arizona Steward Observatory, the SETI Institute, or JPL/Caltech on projects spanning the fields of astronomy, planetary and space science, astrobiology, and astronomy education and public outreach.
Who should apply?
Applicants must be United States Citizens or Permanent Residents and at least 18 years of age by the beginning of the program. Applicants must be enrolled in one of the CAMPARE participating institutions at the time of their application. Participants may not have graduated from their 4-year institution before the beginning of the summer internship, but community college students may be in the process of transferring to a 4-year institution.
To be eligible for the program, applicants must be have completed a full year of college-level physics by Summer 2014. Preference will be given to students with additional physics coursework.
When and How to Apply
Indicate their names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses in your on-line application where appropriate. It is your responsibility to confirm that these letters have been sent and failure to obtain these two letters will render your application incomplete and lead to its rejection without review.
Successful students will be notified in March. The research program runs Monday, June 16th to Friday, August 22nd 2014 (10 weeks). The dates of the education/public outreach program at the University of Arizona will determined by the dates of Astronomy Camp and in consultation with the Director, Dr. Don McCarthy.
$5000 for the full 10 weeks - in addition, participants will be provided with housing. Travel reimbursement is up to $500 for travel from home or campus to the San Francisco Bay Area.
See your Cal Poly Pomona colleagues in a fun SETI YouTube video here:
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. AST-1322432.