STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: Heliphysics Summer School 2008
July 28 – August 2, 2008, Boulder, Colorado
From: George Sisco
The second of a three-year NASA-sponsored Heliophysics Summer School will be
hosted by UCAR in Boulder, CO, 28 July through 2 August 2008. The summer
school is sponsored by NASA’s Living With a Star (LWS) program. It has three
principal goals: 1) To deepen the appreciation of the basic science of
heliophysics for a select group of students as teachers take them through
highly interactive seminars and hands-on working groups and lab exercises, 2)
To analyze new measurements with the goal of identifying global processes and
drivers of the Sun-heliosphere system outward to the heliopause, and the
responses of planetary magnetospheres, ionospheres and atmospheres, and 3) To
produce a series of textbooks from which heliophysics may be taught at
universities worldwide. The three-year program comprises three thematic
clusters that together cover the scientific basis of the physical processes
that play a role in coupling the Sun’s interior to the planetary environments
and atmospheres through the vast heliosphere.
The second 6-day summer school in 2008 will cover «explosive energy
conversions and energetic particles.» The three-year «heliophysics school»
will encompass the entire scientific discipline now called heliophysics.
Approximately 30 students (including senior undergraduate students and
graduate students with a strong background in physics, and beginning postdocs
in a field of heliophysics) will be selected each year through a competitive
process to participate in the 2008 summer school. Each participant will
receive air travel, lodging and a per diem.
The UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs (VSP) office will administer the summer
school. The deadline for application submission by students will be announced
soon on the VSP website; late applications will be considered until all
available student positions are filled. Please see www.vsp.ucar.edu, call
303-497-8649 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for updated information.
Application materials should include:
– A cover letter briefly stating motivation for application.
– Curriculum Vitae with a list of publications, technical reports and
– Names and addresses of three references (one must be advisor).
– Graduate school transcripts.
– One to two page statement of interest and relevance to summer school goals.
Send e-mail or electronic applications to: email@example.com.
If you are unable to submit electronically, please mail your application
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Visiting Scientist Programs, Heliophysics Summer School
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307-3000 USA