John T. Gosling Endowed Fellowship

John T. Gosling Endowed Fellowship

Hands-on learning for future solar scientists

Dr. John (Jack) T. Gosling was a Senior Research Associate at LASP. He was also a Laboratory Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Gosling received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California Berkeley in 1965.

Dr. Gosling’s research 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 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), 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 also was actively involved in analyzing and interpreting solar wind data from ACE, Wind, and STEREO.

Jack Gosling

How to Apply

For the John T. Gosling Endowed Fellowship, two or more fellowships of at least $2,000 are awarded to 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, or the study of the solar wind’s interaction with planetary magnetospheres.

CU Boulder faculty are encouraged to send a one-page description of the prospective recipient’s academic background and which projects the candidate will work on at LASP to

2023 Award Recipients

Sky Shaver of Department of the Aerospace Engineering Sciences (Advisor: Laila Andersson) researches current systems that arise within the Martian ionosphere using data from the MAVEN mission.

Jian-zhao Wang of the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences (Advisor: Fran Bagenal) works on the dynamics of plasma in Jupiter’s magnetosphere.

Daniel da Silva of the Department of Aerospace engineering works with LASP advisors Scot Elkington and Xinlin Li studying the dynamics of electrons in the outer radiation belt using computational methods. 

2022 Award Recipients

Ethan Ayari of Dept of Physics (Advisor: Mihaly Horanyi) works on the formation and behavior of ring currents in planetary magnetospheres.

Vicki Herde of Dept of Aerospace Engineering Sciences (Advisor: Phil Champlain) works on the science analysis of the Mg II spectral imaging data from the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS).

Peter Tatum of Dept of Astronomy planetary sciences (Advisor: David Malaspina) works on plasma waves in the near-Sun solar wind and how they influence the evolution of the solar wind as it propagates away from the Sun. 

Alex Doner of Dept of Physics (Advisor: Mihaly Horanyi) works on the development of new dust instruments space, heliospheric, or planetary missions.

Declan O’Brien of Dept of Aerospace Engineering Sciences (Advisor: Xinlin Li) works on the dynamics of outer radiation belt electrons in the Earth’s magnetosphere.

2021 Award Recipients

Li Hsia Yeo is working with Mihaly Horanyi on lab simulations of solar wind interaction with the Moon

Ben Short is working with David Malaspina on Parker Solar Probe observations of the solar wind.

Yang Mei is working with Xinlin Li on radiation belt electrons.

2020 Award Recipients

Andrea Hughes works with Mike Chaffin on proton aurora at Mars.

Ann Marie Mahon works with Frank Crary and Vincent Dols on simulations of the plasma interaction with Jupiter’s moon Europa.

Ben Hogan works with Xinlin Li on the Earth’s radiation belts.


Previous Award Recipients

YearPhotoStudent nameLASP advisor
2019Avery SchiffSteve Cranmer
2019Piyush AgrawalMark Rast
2018Hilary EganHilary EganDavid Brain
2018 Lily KromydaLily KromydaBob Ergun
2017Rebecca JolitzRebecca JolitzDavid Brain
 2017Leng KhooLeng KhooXinlin Li
2016Eddie Nerney and Chris FowlerEddie Nerney and Chris FowlerFran Bagenal (Eddie) and Bob Ergun (Chris)
2015Katherine GoodrichKatherine GoodrichBob Ergun
 2015Kun ZhangKun ZhangXinlin Li
2014Julia Stawarz and Tristan WeberJulia Stalwarz and Tristan WeberBob Ergun