2017 Fall Session
September 23, 2017 – September 30, 2017

The Short Course and Field School at the Sudbury Impact Structure is a week long classroom and field training program based in Sudbury, Ontario. The goal of the program will be to introduce students to impact cratering processes and observe, in the field, the attributes of an immense basin-size impact structure. Sudbury is known for spectacular shatter cones, tremendously thick melt-bearing impact breccias (the Onaping Fm.), and a differentiated impact melt sheet (the Sudbury Igneous Complex). Skills developed during the program should better prepare students for their own thesis studies in impact cratered terrains, whether they be on Earth, the Moon, Mars, or some other solar system planetary surface.

This field camp is being organized under the auspices of the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, which is designed, in part, to train a new generation of explorers for the Moon and beyond. The activity is being led by an SSERVI international partner, the Canadian Lunar Research Network and coordinated with the LPI-JSC Center for Lunar Science and Exploration.

Students are responsible for transportation to Sudbury, ON. They will also be responsible for lodging and other costs while in Sudbury. Course organizers will reserve lodging space, local transportation, and other logistical details. Class size is limited, so this will be a competitive process. Applicants who are accepted for the program will be asked to formally register and pay those fees in advance of the course. Students should plan to arrive on Saturday, September 23, 2017 and depart on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Additional logistical details will be provided to the selected participants.

Eligibility Requirements

The field camp is designed for graduate college students in geology and planetary science programs, although postdocs will be considered. It is open to U.S., Canadian, and foreign national students. Selected U.S. candidates will be able to apply for partial re-imbursement of registration costs from SSERVI.

Online Application

You will need to apply using the online application form. Paper applications will not be accepted. Once you begin the application you must complete all of the questions on the form and provide a brief essay. That essay should include a description of your (a) relevant experience, (b) thesis topic (if determined), (c) interest in impact cratering processes and planetary surfaces, and (d) how you think this field geology program will enhance your educational goals. You will also need to upload a CV in PDF format.

Official transcripts and two letters of recommendation may be submitted independently, but must be received by July 5, 2013, for your application to be considered. One of those letters needs to be from a faculty member who confirms your enrollment in a M.S. or Ph.D. program (for graduate applicants) or as a formal postdoctoral researcher at a planetary science institution. Letters of reference may be submitted online, however, application id and correct spelling of applicant’s last name are required.

Application Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2017

Applicant Notification Date: Monday, July 13, 2017

Registration Deadline and Fees Due: Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Field Camp Arrival Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017

Field Camp Session: Sunday–Friday, September 24-September 29, 2017

Field Camp Departure Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017

For more information visit: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/exploration/sudbury/

Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff
Source: LPI/SSERVI Team

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