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The Charles A. Barth Scholarship in Space Research

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The Charles A. Barth Scholarship in Space Research will contribute to tuition costs of an undergraduate at the University of Colorado Boulder in studies related to space research at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP). We started out with two awards per year. We now expect that there will be three awards, each to cover $1,500 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.

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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.

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).

2020 Award Recipients

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 Charles A. Barth Scholarship in Space Research was awarded to three students this year.

2020 Ethan Ayari works with Mihaly Horanyi on visualizing ring currents around planetary magnetospheres
2020 Ace Stratton works with Bruce Jakosky on the role of dust storms in the loss of water from Mars
2020 Ben Johnston works with Nick Schneider to study solar energetic particle events triggered in the MAVEN-IUVS instrument in orbit around Mars

Previous Award Recipients

2019 Allison Leffler Advisor:
Nick Schneider
2019 Tara Tomlinson Advisor:
Paul Hayne
2018 Zac Milby Zac Milby Advisor:
Nick Schneider
2018 Carlos Eytan Gary Bicas Carlos Eytan Gary Bicas Advisor:
Paul Hayne
2017 Parker Hinton Parker Hinton Advisor:
Fran Bagenal
2017 Rachel Lee McClure Rachel Lee McClure Advisor:
Mark Rast
2016 Skylar Shaver Skylar Shaver Advisor:
Laila Andersson
2015 Willow Reed Willow Reed Advisor:
Marty Snow
2014 Willow Reed Wren Suess Advisor:
Marty Snow