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Undergraduate Internships

PSI is dedicated to educating and training students to become future scientists. Since the early 1970's, PSI has been hosting undergraduate research interns from a variety of sponsoring programs including NASA, higher educational institutions, and public/private organizations. A significant number of PSI interns come from the NASA Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant) and the NASA Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program (PGGURP).

NASA's Space Grant and their 50 associated state chapters offer paid internships and fellowships for qualifying undergraduate and graduate students. Since 1989, the internships offer an excellent opportunity for students to gain research work experience that can also help develop professional/career interests or aid in developing an understanding of scientific work.

NASA's PGGURP provides undergraduates the opportunity to participate in and learn from research in the planetary geosciences. The program strives to 1) provide incentive for the development of future planetary geoscientists, 2) broaden the base of participation in planetary geosciences, 3) introduce qualified students in traditional geoscience disciplines to planetary studies, and 4) educate students about the interrelationship between science objectives, data, and instrument requirements.

Year

Intern

Program

Mentor(s)

Project

2012 R. Schwegman
Oklahoma St. Univ.
NASA PGGURP Mary Bourke Rock Breakdown Mapping in Gusev Crater, Mars
2012 Cassandra Lejoly
University of Arizona
NASA PATM Nalin Samarasinha Cometary Coma Morphology of Comet 1P/Halley
2012 Michael Patrick Martin 
University of Arizona
NASA Space Grant Nalin Samarasinha Development of a Web-based Cometary Image Enhancement Facility
2011 Lujendra Ojha
University of Arizona
NASA PATM Nalin Samarasinha Cometary Coma Morphology of Comet 1P/Halley
2011 Ben Schwans
Trinity University
KECK Geology Consortium Les Bleamaster Geomorphic Analysis of Channel Forms on the Flank of Ascraeus Mons, Mars
2011 Brandon Shaw
Trinity University
Senior Thesis Les Bleamaster Structural Mapping of Devana Chasma, Venus
2011 Allison Wetz
Trinity University
PSI Summer Intern Les Bleamaster Constraints of Various Mineral Detections in Nili Fossae and Mawrth Vallis, Mars
2010 Cailey Condit
Middlebury College
NASA PGGURP Les Bleamaster Modification and Infilling of Cirum-Hellas Craters, Mars
2010 Scott LaPlante
University of Arizona
PSI Summer Intern Steve Kortenkamp Enhanced Visualization Techniques in Planetary Science and Education
2009-2010 Elizabeth Tandberg
Trinity University
PSI Summer Intern Les Bleamaster Volcanic Styles and Timing in Devana Chasma, Venus
2009-2010 Emily Joseph
Case Western Reserve U
PSI Summer Intern David Crown
Dan Berman
Impact Craters as Stratigraphic Markers on Mars
2008-2009 Emily Joseph
Case Western Reserve U
PSI Summer Intern Steve Kortenkamp Enhanced Visualization Techniques in Planetary Science and Education
2008-2009 Ruben Rivas
University of Arizona
NASA Space Grant David Crown Surface Characteristics of Lava Flows from Arsia Mons, Mars
2008 Holly Kagy
University of N. Iowa
NASA PGGURP David Crown Lineament Mapping in the Upper Reull Vallis Region of Mars
2007-2008 Carrie Welty
University of Arizona
NASA Space Grant David Crown Formation of Martian Gullies: Observations and Experiments
2006-2007 Ben Gubernick
University of Arizona
NASA Space Grant David Crown GIS Analyses of Lava Flows on the Moon from Apollo and other Lunar Datasets
2006-2007 Chris Johnson
University of Arizona
NASA Space Grant Betty Pierazzo
Validation and Benchmark Testing of Impact Models using Numerical Codes SOVA & CTH
2005 Caroline O'Hara
University of Texas-Austin
NASA PGGURP Mary Bourke
Les Bleamaster
Geomorphological Mapping from Orbital Images of Mars and Earth
2004-2005 Varun Bhartia
University of Arizona
NASA Space Grant David Crown
Les Bleamaster
3-D Visualization of the Hellas Basin, Mars
2004 Lida Teneva
Franklin & Marshall College
NASA PGGURP David Crown Geologic Analysis of Hellas Basin Interior Depoits, Mars
2004 Brett Carpenter
Mansfield University
NASA PGGURP Mary Bourke Comparative Study of Terrestrial Frozen Sand Dunes and the North Polar Sand Sea on Mars
2004 Alex Brearley
Oxford University
Oxford University Mary Bourke Rock Breakdown Processes at the Spirit Landing Site on Mars
2003-2004 Megan Pitcher
University of Arizona
NASA Space Grant David Crown Analyses of Lava Flows on Earth and Mars
2002-2003 Thomas Miller
University of Arizona
NASA Space Grant David Crown Mapping Lava Flow Fields of Alba Patera, Mars

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