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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

Summer 2019

Blake Maly
Arvada West High School

 

Jefferson County Executive High School Internship Program Than Putzig/PSI ColoradoMapping buried ice in the high northern latitudes of Mars
Summer 2019

Daniel Havlat
Golden High School

Jefferson County Executive High School Internship ProgramThan Putzig/PSI ColoradoMapping buried ice in the high northern latitudes of Mars
2017-2019

Katherine Mistick
Washington University
St Louis, MO

PSI InternRyan WatkinsAnalyzing boulder distributions around small lunar impact craters
2018Triana Hernandez-Henz
Pima Community College
NASA PDS

Bea Mueller
Eric Palmer

2018

Vira Demchenko
University of Colorado

NRAO REUHanna SizemoreInvestigating the Habitability of Martian Permafrost
2018Zachary Bain
Red Rocks C.C.
NASA HEOMDMatt Perry
Than Putzig
Searching for Caves and Ground Ice on Mars with SHARAD Data
2017-2018Uli'i Miyajima 
University of Hawaii
PIPESNorbert SchorghoferCharacterization of Freezing Conditions in Hawaii
2018Christopher Nguyen 
University of Hawaii
NASA Space GrantNorbert SchorghoferProcessing of Lunar Temperature Data using Cloud Computing
2016Samuel Courville
Colorado School of Mines
NASA PGGURPThan PutzigThermophysical Properites of Dunes in the Martian Southern Hemisphere
2012R. Schwegman
Oklahoma St. Univ.
NASA PGGURPMary BourkeRock Breakdown Mapping in Gusev Crater, Mars
2012Cassandra Lejoly
University of Arizona
NASA PATMNalin SamarasinhaCometary Coma Morphology of Comet 1P/Halley
2012Michael Patrick Martin 
University of Arizona
NASA Space GrantNalin SamarasinhaDevelopment of a Web-based Cometary Image Enhancement Facility
2011Lujendra Ojha
University of Arizona
NASA PATMNalin SamarasinhaCometary Coma Morphology of Comet 1P/Halley
2011Ben Schwans
Trinity University
KECK Geology ConsortiumLes BleamasterGeomorphic Analysis of Channel Forms on the Flank of Ascraeus Mons, Mars
2011Brandon Shaw
Trinity University
Senior ThesisLes BleamasterStructural Mapping of Devana Chasma, Venus
2011Allison Wetz
Trinity University
PSI Summer InternLes BleamasterConstraints of Various Mineral Detections in Nili Fossae and Mawrth Vallis, Mars
2010Cailey Condit
Middlebury College
NASA PGGURPLes BleamasterModification and Infilling of Cirum-Hellas Craters, Mars
2010Scott LaPlante
University of Arizona
PSI Summer InternSteve KortenkampEnhanced Visualization Techniques in Planetary Science and Education
2009-2010Elizabeth Tandberg
Trinity University
PSI Summer InternLes BleamasterVolcanic Styles and Timing in Devana Chasma, Venus
2009-2010Emily Joseph
Case Western Reserve U
PSI Summer InternDavid Crown
Dan Berman
Impact Craters as Stratigraphic Markers on Mars
2008-2009Emily Joseph
Case Western Reserve U
PSI Summer InternSteve KortenkampEnhanced Visualization Techniques in Planetary Science and Education
2008-2009Ruben Rivas
University of Arizona
NASA Space GrantDavid CrownSurface Characteristics of Lava Flows from Arsia Mons, Mars
2008Holly Kagy
University of N. Iowa
NASA PGGURPDavid CrownLineament Mapping in the Upper Reull Vallis Region of Mars
2007-2008Carrie Welty
University of Arizona
NASA Space GrantDavid CrownFormation of Martian Gullies: Observations and Experiments
2006-2007Ben Gubernick
University of Arizona
NASA Space GrantDavid CrownGIS Analyses of Lava Flows on the Moon from Apollo and other Lunar Datasets
2006-2007Chris Johnson
University of Arizona
NASA Space GrantBetty Pierazzo
Validation and Benchmark Testing of Impact Models using Numerical Codes SOVA & CTH
2005Caroline O'Hara
University of Texas-Austin
NASA PGGURPMary Bourke
Les Bleamaster
Geomorphological Mapping from Orbital Images of Mars and Earth
2004-2005Varun Bhartia
University of Arizona
NASA Space GrantDavid Crown
Les Bleamaster
3-D Visualization of the Hellas Basin, Mars
2004Lida Teneva
Franklin & Marshall College
NASA PGGURPDavid CrownGeologic Analysis of Hellas Basin Interior Depoits, Mars
2004Brett Carpenter
Mansfield University
NASA PGGURPMary BourkeComparative Study of Terrestrial Frozen Sand Dunes and the North Polar Sand Sea on Mars
2004Alex Brearley
Oxford University
Oxford UniversityMary BourkeRock Breakdown Processes at the Spirit Landing Site on Mars
2003-2004Megan Pitcher
University of Arizona
NASA Space GrantDavid CrownAnalyses of Lava Flows on Earth and Mars
2002-2003Thomas Miller
University of Arizona
NASA Space GrantDavid CrownMapping Lava Flow Fields of Alba Patera, Mars

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