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CU Students at LASP

CU Students at LASP

The Research Experience for Undergraduates program invites sophomore- and junior-level undergraduates for a summer-long immersion into solar and space physics, working with scientists at LASP and other leading organizations. (Courtesy LASP)

CU students work in all aspects of LASP operations, including the science group, Mission Operations & Data Systems, engineering, and administration. LASP offers a variety of opportunities for students in:

  • Engineering
  • Operations
  • Mechanical and electrical design
  • Construction of space instrumentation
  • Test and calibration of hardware
  • Software development
  • Analyzing mission data

Undergraduate Student Positions

Undergraduate students at the University of Colorado who are in good standing and enrolled in at least 6 credit hours are eligible to work at LASP. LASP hires undergraduate student assistants for all areas and divisions, including administration, science analysis, data processing, mission operations, software development, education, and engineering.

During the school year, undergrad students may work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week (half time). Students may be able to work up to 40 hours per week during academic breaks (summer and winter) if required and approved by the supervisor and project manager.

Undergraduate positions are hired as bi-weekly, hourly student assistants. Hourly rate is determined by type of work and work experience.

If you are a CU student interested in current opportunities at LASP, please see Jobs.

Graduate Student Positions

LASP employs CU graduate students as Graduate Research Assistants. LASP faculty act as the formal or informal supervisors of graduate students and serve on graduate student committees. Graduate students working with LASP researchers are enrolled in one of several graduate programs:

  • Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
  • Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
  • Geological Sciences
  • Physics
  • Aerospace
  • Computer Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering

Students have great flexibility in finding a program that suits them, and researchers can draw from a wide spectrum of students. Procedures for graduate student recruitment, curriculum development, advising, and examination/assessment are controlled by departments and vary significantly between departments.

The graduate program in planetary and space sciences represents the largest group of LASP graduate students. The program is one of a small number that exist nationally and that provide students with hands-on experience developing spacecraft instrumentation or doing the first analysis of data returned from the initial observations made by spacecraft. LASP faculty from multiple departments have coordinated the teaching of planetary courses, including a core sequence of four courses (one per semester), and have coordinated recruitment of new students.

CU students (seniors and graduate students) may be eligible for a scholarship or fellowship in studies related to space research at LASP. For more information, visit:

For current graduate student opportunities at LASP, please see Jobs.