Charles A. Barth Scholarship in Space Research

Charles A. Barth Scholarship in Space Research

Charles A. Barth Scholarship for undergraduate space research

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. 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. He inspired countless undergraduates studying science and engineering. Dr. Barth prioritized involving as many students as possible in his space research and NASA missions. LASP continues to honor Dr. Barth’s legacy by continuing to prioritize student involvement.

In 2013, CU Boulder established the Charles A Barth Scholarship in Space Research to honor his legacy. This scholarship fund continues to support undergraduate students; you can make a donation using the link below.

Dr. Barth passed away on October 14, 2014, at the age of 84.

How to Apply

The Charles A. Barth Scholarship in Space Research will contribute to tuition costs for several LASP undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Colorado Boulder with focused studies related to space research. Awards are typically 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 lists the LASP researcher who would supervise the applicant’s work, plus an additional potential reference. The application deadline is in May.

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2023 Award Recipients

Lauren Christenson, Class of 2025, major in aerospace engineering sciences with a minor in atmospheric and oceanic sciences, is working with LASP researcher Naomi Maruyama on investigating space weather impacts on the Earth’s upper atmosphere caused by solar storms through simulation data of plasma and neutral atoms.

Thomas Corbett, Class of 2025, major in physics, is working with LASP professional research associate John Fontanese and LASP research associate and CU Boulder professor Mihaly Horanyi. They are working in the Modeling Plasma, Atmospheres, and Cosmic Dust (IMPACT) laboratory, testing and calibrating spaceflight instruments such as the Europa SUrface Dust Analyzer (SUDA) aboard NASA’s Europa Clipper mission and the Interstellar Dust Experiment aboard (IDEX) NASA’s IMAP mission.

Troy Hesse, Class of 2024, double major in physics and astrophysics, is working with LASP research associate Laila Andersson.  They are using data from the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission to study the possible drivers of composition change in the upper most atmosphere of the red planet.

Caroline Emery, Class of 2024, major in physics, is working with LASP research associate Michael Chaffin on Mars atmosphere escape processes including water loss by investigating the emission characteristics of the Lyman alpha hydrogen line.

Samantha Honan, Class of 2024, double major in aerospace engineering and astrophysics, is working with LASP research associate and CU Boulder professor Mark Rast. They are exploring the origin of sound waves that are typically used to study the interior structure and dynamics of the Sun.

2022 Award Recipients

Jay Cessna works with Dave Brain studying habitable words including investigating atmospheric escape of weakly magnetized planets.

Patricio Ramos works with Lauren Blum on the Dual Aperture Relativistic Telescope (DART) instrument to measure the electron precipitation in Earth’s magnetosphere.

Shivank Chadda works with David Malaspina studying interstellar dust properties from the WAVES electric field instrument on NASA’s Wind spacecraft.

Samuel Aberbook works with Paul Hayne studying Jupiter’s moon Europa to make model predictions of its surface and subsurface temperatures.

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.

2020 Award Recipients

Ethan Ayari works with Mihaly Horanyi on visualizing ring currents around planetary magnetospheres

Ace Stratton works with Bruce Jakosky on the role of dust storms in the loss of water from Mars

Ben Johnston works with Nick Schneider to study solar energetic particle events triggered in the MAVEN-IUVS instrument in orbit around Mars

2019 Award Recipients

Tara Tomlinson with advisor Paul Hayne

2018 Award Recipients

Rachel Zac Milby with advisor Nick Schneider

Carlos Eytan Gary Bicas with advisor Paul Hayne

2017 Award Recipients

Parker Hinton with advisor Fran Bagenal

Rachel Lee McClure with advisor Mark Rast

2016 Award Recipient

Skylar Shaver with advisor Laila Andersson

2015 Award Recipient

Willow Reed (Advisor Marty Snow)

2014 Award Recipient

Wren Suess with advisor Marty Snow