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The Charles A. Barth Scholarship in Space Research

The 2015 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 2015 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, 2015.

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


Charles A. 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 2014 Charles A. Barth Scholarship recipient, Wren Suess, is pictured here with her advisor, LASP research scientist, Marty Snow. (Courtesy LASP/Tom Mason)

The 2014 Charles A. Barth Scholarship recipient, Wren Suess, is pictured here with her advisor, LASP research scientist, Marty Snow. (Courtesy LASP/Tom Mason)

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 2014 recipient of the Charles A. Barth Scholarship in Space Research is Wren Suess. A senior at CU-Boulder, Wren’s research at LASP focuses on developing a proxy model for solar EUV irradiance, which will contribute to more accurate predictions of the occurrence and effects of space weather.


The John T. Gosling Endowed Fellowship

For the 2015 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 2015 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, 2015.


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