Astrobiology Summer Program

The Goddard Center for Astrobiology is composed of scientists who are dedicated to mentoring the next generation of researchers as they explore the field of astrobiology. Every summer since 2004 we have sponsored the Undergraduate Research Associates in Astrobiology Program, which is a 10-week program for undergraduates at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland USA. The Research Associates work with a mentor doing cutting-edge astrobiology research and participate in weekly seminars and laboratory visits. Several research associates have had publications derived from their projects. The program culminates with a brief seminar given by each associate.

The 2020 program is soliciting applicants for research including the following focus areas:

  • Laboratory analyses of small organic compounds in meteorites.
  • Implementation of machine learning techniques for the interpretation of planetary or exoplanetary spectra.
  • Laboratory studies of astrophysical ices.
  • Data analysis of spectra of solar system or astrophysical objects.

Applications are being considered on a rolling basis until March 1, 2020 or until all slots are filled

Foreign national students must be studying in the United States and must obtain an Optional Practical Training (OPT) (INS Form I-9) from their current university. We regret that we are not able to sponsor visas or OPTs.

Application [PDF] [RTF]