WSGC Will Not be Offering This Program in 2013-14
Instrument Development Program -
Opportunity to serve on a student science team for a multispectral
atmospheric observing instrument to be launched on a high-altitude balloon
Period of work: May 2010 to May 2011, with some flexibility. This
internship is renewable year to year, based on performance and summer
opportunities are also available.
No experience? No problem!
If you are a motivated self-starter majoring in any engineering discipline,
and you enjoy teamwork, we want you!
Project: The Wisconsin Space Grant
Consortium (WSGC) announces the opening of a unique opportunity for 2-3 full-time
students from any affiliate institution, majoring in a science or engineering
discipline, to join the engineering team of our Instrument Development
Program. The WSGC, with Director R. Aileen Yingst as the Principal Investigator,
is currently funding the development of a near-space-ready imager to be flown on our
high-altitude balloon vehicle. Selected students will join the current science team
as they help design and analyze data form a multispectral atmospheric observing
instrument to be launched on a high-altitude balloon (there is a separate
engineering team that is constructing the instrument). This team will follow the model of NASA
for other instruments such as the Mars Exploration Rover Pancam.
Interested students need not have experience with instrumentation, only a strong engineering
background (atmospheric, remote sensing, climate/global change, chemistry or physics
preferred) and the desire to work with other students to serve on a student
science team. The WSGC will provide the launch personnel and vehicle. The
Director of the WSGC will serve as Principal Investigator and science mentor for
Awards: Each intern will receive a $4000
direct stipend, paid in increments. All funding subject to availability; failure
to make a concerted effort to meet the "work period" guidelines may result in a
decrease in the award amount.
Work period: Approximately 1 May 2010
to 15 May 2011. Start time is flexible, based on the beginning of the term for
each institution. This internship may be renewable year to year, based on
performance and summer opportunities are also available.
Location: Meetings of the team will take
place in Milwaukee or occasionally Green Bay, Wisconsin. Meeting locations will
be determined in part by the makeup of the team. Students must be able to
provide their own transportation.
Requirements: This internship opportunity is
open to U.S. citizens enrolled at the sophomore, junior or senior level at any
Affiliate Member institution of the WSGC, majoring in any science or engineering
discipline. Students with experience in processing and analyzing
multispectral images and students with experience in atmospheric science are
especially desired. Students must be
enrolled through June of 2011. Preference will be given to applicants with a
minimum 2.5 GPA, and those who can demonstrate a strong interest in the success
of the project. Motivation and teamwork are more important than
experience, with self-motivation and ability to complete work with minimal
supervision being absolutely critical.
Applications: The Consortium especially
encourages applications from members of minority groups, women, and persons with
disabilities. Internships will be awarded on the basis of academic performance,
experience and demonstration of commitment to the project. The diverse
scientific and engineering needs of the team will also be considered.
Application Deadline: 17 April 2010
Award Announcements: 26 April 2010
Need more information? Contact our program office:
Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
Green Bay, WI 54311