The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a division of the California Institute of Technology and is NASA's lead center for the robotic exploration of the solar system. Located in Pasadena, California, JPL designs, builds, and operates satellites and rovers. Although it is famous for its ongoing Voyager, Martian, and Lunar missions, JPL also manages a large number of earth-centered and cosmological instrumentation platforms.
JPL has several current missions in addition to ongoing research and development. Each summer JPL hosts hundreds of undergraduate interns so STAR Fellows will have often be working on projects with larger teams of lab staff and interns.
Summer Research Opportunities
JPL will again be offering several STAR Fellowships. Because they have such a large number of temporary researchers, the JPL program schedule is very tight. This site is, therefore, most appropriate for STAR Fellows who are returning or pre-credential individuals who don't anticipate seeking full-time employment beginning near summer's end. STAR Fellows may find their own accommodations near JPL or may choose to take advantage of dormitory accommodations at CalTech or William Carey College. NASA guidelines stipulate that Fellows must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA to be considered for their sites. If you are interested in a STAR Fellowship at JPL, keep an eye on this page. JPL researchers typically submit their project information in December or January. We will update our details with additional project information as it becomes available, but the pace of research is such that applicants must be open to opportunities presented to select Fellows late in the process. Applicants may also be asked to submit duplicate application information to the NASA subsystem to meet Federal requirements.
Previous Research Includes:
- Designing and Implementing a Planetary Geology Course for Engineers at the Jet Propulsion Lab, Jessica Joyce DiMizio
- Broadband Photometry of Pluto, David M. Dombroski, Bonnie Buratti, and Heath Rhoades
- Collecting Diverse Microorganisms from Rover Spacecraft, Jennifer I. Jacobs, Arianna Jefferson, Heidi Aronson, James Tan, Wayne Schubert, and Parag Vaishampayan
- Fatty Acid Recovery and Identification in Mars Analogue Soil Samples, Kimberly E. Lykens
- Mapping Open Water Bodies with Optical Remote Sensing, Mary Ellen O'Donnell and Erika Podest
- Visit the Cal Poly Digital Commons to browse previous STAR Fellow projects at this site.
Where is JPL?
Additional information about NASA JPL (see links below):