Seeking Graduate Students to Join NASA's Dragonfly Spacecraft Mission

Categories: Graduate

Date: 5/17/2022


On behalf of the Draognfly Team, we'd like to draw your attention to our Dragonfly Student and Early Career Investigator Program. Applications for our 3rd Cohort are now open.

The intent of this program is to broaden mission participation; thus, the program targets students who are currently unaffiliated with the Dragonfly team (i.e., students who are not currently being mentored or advised by a Dragonfly team member).Eligible students must be U.S. citizens pursuing a master's or doctoral degree in the biological, physical sciences, computer sciences, mathematics or engineering at a U.S. institution. Graduating seniors and post-baccs who will be entering into an M.S. or Ph.D. program in Fall 2022 are eligible to apply. Graduating M.S. students who will be entering into a Ph.D. program in Fall 2022 are also eligible. This opportunity is not open to postdoctoral researchers at this time.

Support: 3.6 months/year of paid research support for two years. This is equivalent to two (2) paid, back to back summer internships. Also travel to attend Dragonfly team meetings each year, travel to one (1) technical conference each year to present research results, and page charges resulting from publication of relevant research are covered. Applicants must: (1) have demonstrated ability to conduct independent research or development (demonstrated ability includes, but is not limited to: successful completion of an REU program, research with a faculty advisor ,or completion of a senior capstone project) (2) have excellent organizational and communication skills (written and oral) (3) identify a faculty mentor at their home institution who can provide a 2-3 sentence statement of commitment supporting the student should they be selected.

We are specifically endeavoring to reach students at institutions where there are no large planetary science, geology or astronomy programs and students who don't already have links to planetary science research or planetary spacecraft mission work through their advisors. So please share this opportunity with your networks, students at MSIs and smaller universities, and students who are from backgrounds that have been traditionally underrepresented in planetary science and on planetary spacecraft mission teams.

See the attached flyer and for full details on available projects, answers to frequently asked questions, and instructions on how to apply. Applications are due May 27, 2022.

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Program Flyer