Barth Family Endowed Graduate Fellowship Fund

Barth Family Endowed Graduate Fellowship Fund

Supporting graduate students in space science and engineering

The Barth Family Endowed Graduate Fellowship Fund supports graduate students participating in space science and engineering research conducted at LASP.
Mrs. Louise Mary Barth and her four children, Robert C. Barth, M.S., Dr. John A. Barth, Dr. Matthew J. Barth, and Dr. Mary C. Barth, established the fund to honor the legacy of her husband and their father, Dr. Charles A. Barth. He worked as the director of LASP from 1965 to 1992 and as a professor in the University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences from 1965 to 2002. He then served as a professor emeritus through 2014.
Between 1962 and 2002, Dr. Barth served as principal investigator for 11 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. Under his guidance, LASP science instruments journeyed to every planet in the solar system.

In addition to his long and productive career, Dr. Barth left a lasting legacy through his teaching and mentoring. He generously shared his knowledge and passion with students and was committed to hands-on education and training. Dr. Barth prioritized directly involving as many students as possible in his research.

2022 Award Recipients

Eryn Cangi’s graduate research focuses on the Martian atmosphere. Working with Dr. Michael Chaffin (right), she is developing a comprehensive surface-to-space model of Mars’ atmosphere that includes the chemistry of hydrogen and its isotope deuterium, providing a detailed understanding of multiple modes of atmospheric escape. The results will help researchers better understand the loss of water from the Red Planet.

Kyle Connour works with Dr. Nicholas Schneider (right). He is using ultraviolet data analysis, general circulation models, and other tools to better understand how various aerosols in the Martian atmosphere interact and how they’ve contributed to Mars’ atmospheric loss.