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Application Form

NASA's 29th Annual Planetary Science Summer Seminar: 2017

One Session Only:
        July 24-28, 2017
        Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
        Pasadena, California

Application Deadline:
April 3, 2017

Notification of Selection:
By April 21, 2017



ELIGIBILITY (BASED ON STUDENT STATUS AT TIME OF APPLICATION)

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL:
Science and Engineering Fields of Study
Post Doc
Recent PhD (within past 3 years)
PhD who has completed coursework and advanced to candidacy
Junior faculty who teach related coursework
NOTE: Engineering students who are within 6-9 months of completion of MS, AND not planning to pursue or currently pursuing a PhD degree, are also eligible.
Undergraduate students are NOT accepted.
CITIZENSHIP:RESIDENCY/SECURITY CLEARANCE:
United States citizen1. MUST be living with the U.S. at time of application AND during summer session.
2. Selected applicants only receive CONDITIONAL acceptance status until passing JPL/NASA Security Clearance process.
Legal Permanent Resident (proof required)
A limited number of Foreign Nationals from non-designated countries* who are legally studying or working in the US may be accepted (VISA and Passport(s) required)
*Due to security issues, citizens of U.S. State Department Designated Countries are NOT eligible. (See link under "ECP Notices" at http://oiir.hq.nasa.gov/nasaecp/)

Applications are evaluated according to their strength in demonstrating:
1. An understanding of the Planetary Science Summer Seminar experience and its value to the applicant's career, providing several concrete examples of how PSSS relates to the applicant's educational, research, and career plans, and how the applicant will benefit.

2. Participation in current NASA priority/cutting edge endeavors, providing concrete examples of how applicant’s work is connected to NASA, and clear and appropriate articulation of how NASA will benefit from the applicant’s participation in PSSS.

3. Intention to do future NASA-sponsored work, with details on envisioned contributions, supported by prior interest through a clear progression of experiences directly supporting NASA work.

4. Commitment to a career and leadership in planetary science (or related field of interest to NASA) research/exploration, through a clear progression of study, leadership, and employment in these fields, and clear articulation of applicant’s skills that contribute to his/her current work and future leadership endeavors in the field.



Application Form
Please fill out form COMPLETELY with ALL RELEVANT INFORMATION. Incomplete forms will not be favorably reviewed. Fields marked with * are required.
Citizenship Information (REQUIRED)
* 

For Foreign Nationals:
:

NOTE: Your documentation (US Lawful Permanent Resident status, US non-immigrant Visa, and/or passport) MUST BE CURRENT starting no later than the date of application.
* I acknowledge that the above information is complete and correct.

* I acknowledge that if I am notified that I have CONDITIONAL acceptance status, I will need to provide current documents showing proof of my citizenship/residency/VISA status, within 2 business days of the notification, and that this documentation MUST BE CURRENT starting NO LATER THAN THE DATE OF MY APPLICATION.

* I understand that I will not receive FULL acceptance status and cannot begin my participation in the Planetary Science Summer Seminar until I have passed the JPL/NASA Security Clearance process.
Personal Information
     



Post-Doc Position as of summer 2017 (if applicable)

                             (e.g., NASA Center, University)
  
Doctoral Degree (At least one of Doctoral Degree or Graduate Degree is REQUIRED)
  
Graduate Degree (At least one of Doctoral Degree or Graduate Degree is REQUIRED)
  
     
Undergraduate Degree (REQUIRED)
    
  
Faculty Member (if applicable)
Current Employer
     
Statement of Interest and Applicability

A superior response will:

Demonstrate the applicant understands the PSSS experience and its value to the applicant’s career. Provide several concrete examples of how PSSS relates to applicant’s educational, research, and career plans, and how the applicant will benefit.


A superior response will:

Provide one or more specific examples of participation in current NASA priority/cutting edge endeavors. Provide several concrete examples of how applicant’s work is connected to NASA. Provide clear and appropriate articulation of how NASA will benefit from the applicant’s participation in PSSS.



A superior response will:

Provide a clear statement of intention to do NASA-sponsored work and give details on envisioned contributions. Demonstrate prior interest with a clear progression of experiences directly supporting NASA work, including participation in competitions, internships, fellowships, mission team proposals and/or participation, etc.



A superior response will:

Demonstrate a clear progression of study, leadership, and employment in fields directly or indirectly related to planetary science and planetary exploration. Clear articulation of applicant's skills that contribute to his/her current work and future leadership endeavors in the field (for example, strong involvement with related advisory groups and proposal reviews).





LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION

A signed letter of recommendation, on letterhead, from your faculty advisor or current supervisor is required.

The advisor’s letter should address, but not be limited to, the following questions:
  1. What is the student's likelihood of a future career in planetary science or planetary exploration leadership, doing NASA work?
  2. How will PSSS benefit the student?
  3. What characteristics does the student possess that make him/her suitable for PSSS?
Letter should be delivered by US mail or email
TO BE RECEIVED BY US NO LATER THAN 11:59PM Pacific Time April 3, 2017 (postmark date is not acceptable) to:

Ms. Joyce Armijo
4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 111-B29
Pasadena, CA 91109
Joyce.E.Armijo@jpl.nasa.gov
818-354-2337 (voice)

Please provide the following information about the person who will be sending in your Letter of Recommendation:




Programmatic Information
How did you hear about PSSS?











 

Signature and Verification


(Civil servants, employees of NASA contractors, and individuals living outside the United States are not eligible for financial support. JPL employees and contractors, and Caltech students and employees are only eligible for support for local transportation costs.)

    




Please fill out form COMPLETELY with ALL RELEVANT INFORMATION. Incomplete forms will not be favorably reviewed.

TO BE RECEIVED BY US NO LATER THAN 11:59 PM PACIFIC TIME April 3, 2017


Questions? Email: Joyce.E.Armijo@jpl.nasa.gov

Thank you for your application. You will be notified of your status by April 21, 2017.


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