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Undergraduate Research at SETI in Astrobiology

posted Mar 22, 2012, 5:18 PM by Maria Cayco
This (paid) research experience is intended to help students transition from their undergraduate studies to their future careers and/or graduate school.

The URSA program (Undergraduate Research at SETI in Astrobiology) is a NASA-funded collaboration between the SETI Institute and SJSU.  Some of the student projects include:
• Open source computer programming for SETI searches
• Development of new SETI search algorithms
• Infrared spectroscopy of solar system ices
• Studies of binary asteroids - database and social media
• Surface composition of Mars - remote sensing and laboratory
• Earthquake prediction and solid state physics - remote sensing
and laboratory work
• Planetary rings - image processing and database development
• Chemistry and laboratory work - survival of organisms under extreme

Depending on the skill sets of our successful applicants, other possibilities may also be available. The current URSA students  are going to present their work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Utah next week. We anticipate that next year's interns will have a similar opportunity. 

For more information, please contact

Monika Kress
Maria Cayco,
Mar 22, 2012, 5:18 PM