The 9th annual Lunar and Small Bodies Graduate Conference, LunGradCon, was held at Ames Research Center on Monday, July 22nd. The conference is held one day before the NASA Exploration Science Forum (NESF), is run by and for graduate students studying the Moon and other airless bodies. Because the conference is composed only of graduate students, undergrads, and post docs, it provides an excellent opportunity for students to practice presenting their research to a technical audience in a low-stress environment.
This year featured 25 talks and attendees from 21 different institutions over subjects ranging from potential hazards for human-crewed missions to the topography of Ultima Thule. Chaired sessions were focused on exploration science, space physics, dust, moons, and small bodies. These topics overlap with those that are investigated by SSERVI, allowing students to attend the ESF immediately following LunGradCon to further present to, learn from, and network with the broader exploration science community.
More information and abstracts from the 2019 LunGradCon can be found at http://impact.colorado.edu/lungradcon/2019/. Students interested in attending LunGradCon 2020 are encouraged to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive registration information when it becomes available. Limited travel and hotel funds are available.
Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff