Shirley D. Curson Education Plus Fund

The Shirley D. Curson Education Plus Fund in Planetary Sciences and LPL (formerly the Shandel Education Plus Fund) was established by Shirley Curson, a generous donor and friend of LPL, for the purpose of supporting travel expenses outside the state of Arizona during summer break. The award is open to students in the Department of Planetary Sciences and Lunar and Planetary Laboratory who propose to fund study, museum visits, special exhibits, seminars, instruction, competitions, research and other endeavors that are beyond those provided by the normal campus environment and are not part of the student’s regular curriculum during the recipient’s school year.

Year Student Project/TRAVEL
2024 Baijal, Namya Bern SPH Mentoring Workshop and (16) Psyche Collaboration Meetings, University of Bern (Switzerland)
2024 Aguilar-Martinez, Roberto Mars Polar Conference 2024, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
2024 Kontogiannis, Melissa Summer School for Sample Return, Observatoire de Haute-Provence
2023 Nguyen, Fuda Travel to the Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop, Caltech
2022 Walters, Jada Travel to work with mentors at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
2022 Smith, Lucas Travel to Washington University to train on NanoSIM and Nanoprobe instruments.
2022 Shoemaker, Emileigh Travel to the 19th International Conference on Ground-Penetrating Radar.
2022 Chen, Xiaohang Travel to Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to present research at the Parker Two 2022 Conference.
2021 Ganesh, Indujaa Support for two weeks of field work in western Nevada to study the Nine Hill Tuff pyroclastic density current deposit.
2020 No award (COVID)  
2019 Fernandes, Rachel 3rd Advanced School on Exoplanetary Science (ASES3), Vietri sul Mare (Salerno), Italy
2018 Cambioni, Saverio Two months at Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur
2018 Ganesh, Indujaa Workshop in Geology and Geophysics of the Solar System, Petnica, Serbia
2018 Mitchell, Adriana Six weeks at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
2017 Stadermann, Amanda International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI) General Assembly, Portland, Oregon
2016 Sutton, Sarah 2016 Terrestrial Analogs for Planetary Surfaces field campaign, Iceland
2016 Landis, Margaret 6th International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration, held in Reykjavik, Iceland
2015 Bramson, Ali 2015 Terrestrial Analogs for Planetary Surfaces field campaign, Iceland
2015 Miller, Kelly Gordon Research Conference on Origins of Solar Systems, South Hadley, Mass.
2014 Thompson, Michelle Microscopy & Microanalysis Conference, Hartford, Conn.
2013 Elder, Catherine Two weeks at ETH Zurich to study with Professor Paul Tackley (Io mantle convection code)
2012 Daubar, Ingrid 7th European strategic Meteor Workshop, Moscow
2012 Leung, Cecilia Summer at Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colo.
2012 Lora, Juan Summer School on Atmospheric Modeling hosted by the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at Princeton
2011 Sun, Peng 32nd International Cosmic Ray Conference, Beijing