SEU Summer Research Opportunities

Greetings Natural Sciences and Math majors!
The School of Natural Sciences is pleased to announce the availability of summer 2017 undergraduate research positions for students doing collaborative research with St. Edward’s science and mathematics faculty. Any current St. Edward’s student with a declared major in the School of Natural Sciences is eligible to apply for a research position if you will be enrolled as an undergraduate at St. Edward’s for the fall semester of 2017.  

Two options will be offered, a one-week group research project targeted primarily to first year students that will be performed May 15-19 and a 6-9 week project targeted primarily to students who have completed more than one year of study at SEU beginning around May 22 (dates are variable depending on the supervisor).  The one-week option does not provide a stipend, but it does cover housing on campus during this period.

Students participating in the 6-9 week projects will be awarded stipends of  $1500 to $3150 (determined by class standing, research period length, and prior research experience) paid in equal increments twice monthly for full-time research done over six to nine weeks. The stipend payments will begin in mid-June, contingent upon satisfactory progress. In addition, a housing support stipend may also be paid dependent on your housing status.  This program is supported in part by the Welch Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Jean McKemie Endowment, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and the Brother Romard Barthel/J.D. Lewis Summer Research Funds. 

Students opting for the one-week group research project format need not contact the instructor, but they should read the articles recommended by the selected research supervisor.  Students who completed more than one year of study at SEU and excelled in their classes and who have research interests that overlap or complement those of one of the participating supervisors are preferred for the 6-9 week projects.  A student should approach a potential faculty mentor with a specific research topic in mind, or may ask a potential faculty mentor to suggest possible research projects that would be appropriate. In either case, priority for the 6-9 weeks projects will be given to students who have conferred with a potential faculty mentor and formulated general project goals prior to submission of this application. Final awards are contingent on available funds and the merit of the applicant.
Application Submission Deadline: March 9  
Notification: Monday, April 3
Questions?  Please contact the Director of NSCI Undergraduate Research.
Link to Summer Research Student Application:
For more information email me.
Richard L. Kopec, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, NSCI Faculty Development
Director, NSCI Undergraduate Research
Professor, Chemistry/Computer Science
St. Edward’s University
JBWS 386 
(512) 448-8464 (V)
(512) 448-8482 (FAX)

NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) – Due 2/1

NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP)

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The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated advanced undergraduates who will be rising seniors in summer 2017 to apply for participation in the 9th annual NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2017).  The purpose of the Student Airborne Research Program is to provide students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes. Participants will fly onboard the NASA C-23 Sherpa and assist in the operation of instruments to sample and measure atmospheric gases. They will also use data collected during the program from the NASA ER-2 image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Along with airborne data collection, students will participate in taking measurements at field sites. Each student will complete an individual research project from the data collected.

Outstanding faculty and staff for this program will be drawn from several universities and NASA centers, as well as from NASA flight operations and engineering personnel.

The eight-week program begins June 18, 2017 and concludes August 11, 2017.

Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, will take place during the first two weeks of the program at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, in Palmdale, CA. Post-flight data analysis and interpretation will take place during the final six weeks of the program at the University of California, Irvine.

SARP participants will receive a $5,000 stipend, a travel allowance, and free housing and local transportation during the 8-week program.

Applicants must be US citizens.

Watch a video about the program:

For more information and to apply:

Email for more info.

NASA Space Apps Challenge – Ideas due 2/5; event 4/29-4/30

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NASA Science Mission Directorate is proudly hosting NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge on April 29-30th, 2017 and the theme for this year’s challenges is Earth!

We are excited to invite you to be a part of the NASA Challenge Team and engage with the public with Earth data and products at NASA!

 – Do you have an Earth science problem that can be addressed with NASA data and products?  We can design our challenges around real problems faced by our scientists, PIs, public officials, and program managers.  Let our brilliant community of coders and designers bring their talents to the table and help you address your needs!

– Be a part of the open innovation community to share data and ideas and spur local innovation hubs around the world!  We welcome you to attend the International Space Apps event at a location near you!  Chose from one of our 100+ locations to visit and represent NASA and share your stories and advice with our enthusiastic participants!

– If you are an expert in Earth science, help judge the Space Apps Challenge submissions and witness first hand the amazing potential of our participants!

Please visit for more information on Space Apps, and check out last year’s challenge winners’ AMAZING solutions with video descriptions!  Here’s a taster- 

Best use of Hardware – Canaria
Best use of Data – Scintilla

 To sign up to be a part of the NASA Challenge Team, please contact Shobhana Gupta.



Since its inception in 2012, the International Space Apps Challenge has become the world’s largest global hackathon, engaging thousands of citizens across the globe to work with NASA in building innovative solutions to challenges we face on Earth and in space using open source data. Space Apps inspires local innovation communities to convene, ideate, and build. Teams of technologists, scientists, designers and entrepreneurs work together in a 48-hour sprint to develop answers to some of the most pressing challenges on Earth and space using NASA data. Over 15,000 citizens from 61 countries and in 161 cities around the world participated in the 2016 International Space Apps Challenge.

1,300 projects were developed during the 2016 Space Apps, many open source solutions with immediate value to NASA and the global community. The most popular challenges included creating a crowdsourced platform to compare environmental changes with symptoms of respiratory disease, an educational app to help young students locate the moon, and an app to support local drone operators. 

Shobhana Gupta, MD, PhD
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow
Earth Science Division
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

App Enables Citizen Science Contributions to NASA Earth Science

Check out the new NASA “GLOBE Observer” app, available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play for Android devices.  I just downloaded and will try myself.  You can learn more about NASA’s GLOBE program here.

Below is an excerpt from Dr. Trena Ferrell’s email advertising a talk at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on 20 Sept. 2016 by Holli Riebeek Kohl, a NASA education and communication specialist in the Earth Science Division at NASA Goddard since 2003.

With the new GLOBE Observer app, everyone around the world can contribute meaningfully to NASA Earth Science missions…The inaugural “GLOBE Clouds” content allows users to collect data that helps scientists interpret satellite observations of clouds—a critical observation for understanding climate and climate change…Upcoming projects will have citizen scientists assisting with the monitoring of land cover and mosquito populations, and the GLOBE Observer team is looking for science advisors to provide input. 

If you download the app and use it, perhaps you can add a comment in response to this post describing your experience.

The era of citizen science is arriving!

Celebrate Earth Day (22 May) with NASA

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden sent around email this morning reminding all NASA researchers of NASA’s celebration of Earth Day:  “At NASA, it’s Earth Day every day…”

You can follow NASA’s Earth Science Field Missions over the next 6 months on the Earth Expeditions page.

NASA has launched a social media campaign with the hashtag #24Seven for people worldwide to upload photos of what they’re doing to celebrate Earth Day and improve our planet.

NASA will share “a day in the life” of Earth Science through a series of images on the 24Seven website.

What did you do to celebrate Earth Day?  Add a comment to this post.