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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 for LASP undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Colorado Boulder with focused studies related to space research.  Two to three students will be awarded each year to help with tuition costs. Awards typically are on the order of  ~$1300 per student.

To apply: 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 list the LASP researcher who would supervise the applicant’s work, plus an additional potential reference.

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About Dr. 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.

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).

2021 Award Recipients
Josephine Johnson works with Dave Brain and Robin Ramstad to study the magnetospheres of Mars and Venus.
Adrienne Pickerill works with Nick Schneider to study and identify different types of aurora in Mars atmosphere.
Patrick McCreery works with Mark Rast to study and identify solar acoustic modes using machine learning techniques.

Past Recipients

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
Tara Tomlinson with advisor Paul Hayne

Rachel Zac Milby with advisor Nick Schneider

Carlos Eytan Gary Bicas with advisor Paul Hayne


Parker Hinton with advisor Fran Bagenal

Rachel Lee McClure with advisor Mark Rast

Skylar Shaver with advisor Laila Andersson

Willow Reed (Advisor Marty Snow)
Wren Suess with advisor Marty Snow