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The Charles A. Barth Scholarship in Space Research

The 2016 Charles A. Barth Scholarship in Space Research will contribute to tuition costs of a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder in studies related to space research at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP). For the 2016 Fall semester, one scholarship will be awarded to cover $1,400 in tuition.

Applicants should submit a 300-word statement of their proposed research project, an up-to-date academic transcript, and a one-page CV that includes any previous research experience and lists the researcher who would supervise the applicant’s work, plus an additional potential reference.

Application deadline is May 1st.

Please send a single .pdf file to scholarships@lasp.colorado.edu.


Charles Barth

Charles A. Barth

Dr. Charles A. Barth received his Ph.D. from UCLA, and was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Bonn from 1958-59. Before coming to LASP, he worked as a Research Physicist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1959 to 1965. Dr. Barth was the Director of LASP from 1965 to 1992. He was an Associate Professor from 1965 to 1967 and a Professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences from 1967 to 2002. Dr. Barth was a Professor Emeritus at LASP and in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at CU Boulder from 2002 through 2014.

The 2015 Charles A. Barth Scholarship recipient is Willow Reed, pictured here with elements of a display recognizing some of Dr. Barth's invaluable contributions to space science research. (Courtesy LASP)

The 2015 Charles A. Barth Scholarship recipient is Willow Reed, pictured here with elements of a display recognizing some of Dr. Barth’s invaluable contributions to space science research. (Courtesy LASP)

Between 1962 and 2002, Dr. Barth served as Principal Investigator for eleven missions and experiments. Among these were Mariner 5, Mariner 6 and 7, Mariner 9, OGO-2, 4, 5, and 6, Atmosphere Explorer-C and D, the Solar Mesosphere Explorer, and the Student Nitric Oxide Experiment. He was a Co-Investigator for ultraviolet experiments on Apollo 17, Pioneer Venus, Galileo, and Cassini.

Dr. Barth served on the NASA Space and Earth Science Advisory Committee (1982-1985), the NASA Advisory Council’s Solar System Exploration Committee (1980-1987), and as a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1995).

The 2015 recipient of the Charles A. Barth Scholarship in Space Research is Willow Reed.

Willow is a junior at CU-Boulder, majoring in physics. She has been working on a project to quantify the response of the solar continuum in the far ultraviolet (FUV) during flares. The flare response of line emission has been well modeled, but the amount of energy emitted in the continuum is less well known. Willow is using data from SORCE SOLSTICE and the GOES XRS to see if we can measure changes in the FUV continuum.

Past Recipients:

2014—Wren Suess


The John T. Gosling Endowed Fellowship

For the 2016 John T. Gosling Endowed Fellowship, two fellowships of $2,000 will be awarded to entering graduate students who have demonstrated an intention to study solar-terrestrial physics and/or space plasma physics including the study of the Sun, the study of the solar wind, the study of the Sun-Earth connection, and the study of the solar wind’s interaction with the Earth’s magnetosphere.

Departments admitting graduate students for the 2016 Fall semester are encouraged to send a one-page description of the candidate student’s academic background and what projects the candidate might be working on at CU, to scholarships@lasp.colorado.edu by March 1st.


John T. Gosling

John T. Gosling

Dr. John (Jack) T. Gosling is a retired Senior Research Associate at the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP). He is also a retired Laboratory Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He received his PhD in physics from the University of California Berkeley in 1965.

Dr. Gosling’s research has focused on the large-scale structure and magnetic topology of the solar wind, coronal mass ejections, solar wind and geomagnetic disturbances, magnetic reconnection, collisionless shocks, and particle acceleration in space. He has worked extensively with plasma and magnetic field data from Vela 2 and 3, IMP 6, 7, and 8, ISEE 1, 2, and 3, Helios, Ulysses, Wind, the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE), and STEREO and with coronagraph data from Skylab. He was the Principal Investigator for data analysis for plasma experiments on IMP 6, 7, and 8 and ISEE 1, 2, and 3. He is currently actively involved in analyzing and interpreting solar wind data from ACE, Wind, and STEREO

Katherine Goodrich is a recipient of the 2015 John T. Gosling Endowed Fellowship. (Courtesy LASP)

Katherine Goodrich is a recipient of the 2015 John T. Gosling Endowed Fellowship. (Courtesy LASP)

The 2015 recipients of the John T. Gosling Endowed Fellowships are Katherine Goodrich and Kun Zhang.

Katherine Goodrich is a PhD candidate in space plasma physics, who participated in instrument development for the NASA Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) by calibrating the axial double probe electric fields. Katherine has begun her thesis work on NASA’s Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS) mission by analyzing magnetic nulls in the bursty bulk flow braking region of the Earth’s magnetosphere.

Kun Zhang, recipient of the 2015 John T. Gosling Endowed Fellowship, is shown here with the fellowship's namesake. (Courtesy LASP)

Kun Zhang, recipient of the 2015 John T. Gosling Endowed Fellowship, is shown here with the fellowship’s namesake. (Courtesy LASP)

Kun Zhang is a PhD candidate, studying solar wind interactions with Earth’s magnetosphere. A graduate of Peking University in China, much of Kun’s research has focused on the Sun-Earth connection theme with an emphasis on solar energetic particle acceleration and propagation.

Past Recipients:

2014—Tristan Weber and Julia Stawarz