The 8th annual Lunar and Small Bodies Graduate Conference, LunGradCon, was held at Ames Research Center on Monday, 17 July. This conference, which precedes the NASA Exploration Science Forum (NESF), is run by and for graduate students studying the Moon and other airless bodies. It provides an excellent opportunity for graduate students to practice presenting their research in a low-stress environment to a technical audience composed entirely of other students.

This year featured 18 talks with students from 12 different institutions over subjects ranging from observational astronomy of comets to laboratory simulations of the solar wind. Chaired sessions were focused on dust, regolith, plasma, and volatiles, geology and geophysics, and missions and human exploration. These topics overlap with those that are investigated by SSERVI, allowing students to attend the NESF immediately following LunGradCon to further present to, learn from, and network with the broader exploration science community.

More information and abstracts from the 2017 LunGradCon can be found at http://impact.colorado.edu/lungradcon/2017/. Students interested in attending LunGradCon 2018 are encouraged to send an email to lungradcon@gmail.com to receive registration information when it becomes available. Limited travel and hotel funds are available.

Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff
Source: Z. Ulibarri/LunGradCon Organizers

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