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NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP)

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The NASA Airborne Science Program announces opportunities for advanced undergraduates of STEM background to apply for participation in the annual NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP). This is a paid 8-week summer internship program in Earth system science. Please share this opportunity widely with your colleagues and undergraduate students!

We are seeking 52 students who will have the opportunity to acquire hands-on research experience in all aspects of an airborne scientific campaign. Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, or oceanographic processes. Participants will fly onboard a research aircraft and assist in the operation of instruments to sample and measure atmospheric gases and aerosols and to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Along with airborne data collection, students will participate in taking measurements at field sites. Each student will develop a research project from the data collected and will deliver final presentations on their results.

Outstanding faculty and staff for this program will be drawn from several universities and NASA centers, as well as from NASA flight operations and engineering personnel.

SARP participants will receive a stipend, travel allowance, free housing, and local transportation during the 8-week program.

We are offering a virtual Q&A Informational Session in early December. All prospective and interested applicants are welcome to join. Several SARP alumni will be presenting to speak on their experience in the program and NASA personnel will be present to answer any clarifying questions.

For more information please visit the website, or contact Ryan Bennett at

Participating Institution(s):
This program has 8 participating institutions.
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Atmospheric Sciences
Computer Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Geological Sciences
Marine Sciences & Oceanography
Spatial/Geographic Information Systems
STEM Fields

Climate Change
Earth System Science
Satellite Data

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This program is funded by:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Page last updated 2/12/2024
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