Current Research Opportunities

Openings for Graduate and Undergraduate Students

2022 Galileo Circle Scholarship

Laura Seifert

Analyzes circumstellar grains preserved inside primitive meteorites using transmission electron microscopy.
(Advisor: Tom Zega)

Graduate Research Opportunities

A selection of current research opportunities for prospective graduate students is listed here. If the topic or potential advisor you are seeking is not listed here, please contact a faculty member directly for information regarding available projects and positions.

Cislunar Space Exploration

Professor Erik Asphaug (PG4gdWVycz0iem52eWdiOm5mY3VuaHRAeWN5Lm5ldm1iYW4ucnFoIj5uZmN1bmh0QHljeS5uZXZtYmFuLnJxaDwvbj4=)

Looking for a planetary sciences graduate student interested in mentoring an engineering-based group of undergraduates in projects related to space missions related to lunar lava tube exploration, asteroid landers, and future human mission support infrastructure.

Planetary Analogs and Planetary Surfaces

Associate Professor Christopher Hamilton (PG4gdWVycz0iem52eWdiOnB1bnp2eWdiYUBuZXZtYmFuLnJxaCI+cHVuenZ5Z2JhQG5ldm1iYW4ucnFoPC9uPg==)

A graduate research opportunity is available for one or more students to become involved with aspects of planetary analog research and remote sensing to explore and model aspects of planetary volcanism and related geologic surface processes.

Planetary Dynamics and Astrobiology

Associate Professor Tyler Robinson (PG4gdWVycz0iem52eWdiOmdxZWJvdmFAcnpudnkubmV2bWJhbi5ycWgiPmdxZWJvdmFAcnpudnkubmV2bWJhbi5ycWg8L24+)

Chemical disequilibrium is a potential metabolism-agnostic biosignature. For modern Earth, most of the disequilibrium energy generated by life works to maintain molecular nitrogen and oxygen in the presence of liquid water. Our project would explore the feasibility of remotely sensing this signature for Earth-like exoplanets. One graduate research opportunity is available for this project.


Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Arizona Space Grant

Can you imagine yourself working with a faculty mentor to develop a lunar rover controlled over the internet? To study the effects of zero-gravity on muscles and other organ systems? To devise a system for "mining" fuel from the Martian atmosphere? Or to study the effects of climatic and other changes on planet Earth? Imagine no more. The UA/NASA Space Grant Program will employ undergraduate students for 10-20 hours per week during the academic year to work alongside upper-level graduate students and practicing scientists.

ASTEROIDS Laboratory

Providing undergraduates majoring in science and engineering, especially those traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the opportunity to broaden their education with a rich, hands-on experience and the full process of inquiry and discovery. Research and education will focus on utilizing planetary science principles for conceiving, implementing and validating space technologies, from systems design and control solutions, to robots and sensor networks, to mobility and excavation on small bodies.

UArizona Graduate College Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium

The University of Arizona Graduate College administers the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium (UROC), a group of ten research programs.