ATTENTION ARIZONA SPACE GRANT STUDENTS:
Apply to be part of the third annual Space Camp at Biosphere 2 (SCB2), February 14-19th, 2022!
Applications due September 10, 2021
The University of Arizona Biosphere 2, the Arizona NASA Space Grant Consortium, and the University of Kyoto, Japan have partnered to offer an exciting opportunity for Arizona Space Grant (UArizona, ASU, NAU, ERAU, and ASCEND community college) undergraduate and graduate students! Space Camp at Biosphere 2 (SCB2) is an intensive six-day course that will place you in the shoes of a Space Flight Crew. Participants will examine the diverse biomes and climate zones of the unique and iconic Biosphere 2 research facility as well as the beautiful Sonoran Desert sky. SCB2 will involve students in hands-on, "under-the-glass" research on key Earth and Space systems research topics. As a participant, you will dive deeper into your understanding of human-space activities, astronomy, the hydrological cycle, planetary sciences and exoplanets, atmospheric dust, what it's like to work in a sealed environment, and more! SCB2 coursework has been designed by Japanese astronaut and veteran of two NASA space shuttle missions, Dr. Takao Doi, as well as several University of Arizona and Kyoto University research professors. Students will learn from Kyoto University Drs. Yosuke Yamashiki, Terada Masahiro, Tomoyuki Tajima, and Satoko Tsujihiro, and work with curriculum originally developed for the Kyoto University-based Space Camp that has been run for the past 4 years. Apply today for your chance to participate in Space Camp at Biosphere 2 in amazing Oracle, Arizona!
WHAT TO EXPECT:
- Stay on-site at Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona in their casita research housing;
- College-level academic, residential, and extracurricular activities;
- Exposure and access to state-of-the-art courses, technology, and facilities;
- Study with other like-minded students from Arizona Space Grant (AZSG) and Kyoto University (KU);
- Hands-on research with University of Arizona and KU scientists;
- Daily activities include tours of the Biosphere 2 facilities, lectures and experiments, evening star-gazing parties, shared meals, and free time;
- AZSG and KU students will be partnered with one another to form small working teams during the camp;
- Short, concluding presentations will be given by each team to program affiliates;
- View the 2020 SCB2 daily schedule here (Excel download) to get an idea of what to expect.
- To learn more about the camp, check out these articles by KOLD and Tucson News.
- Arizona Space Grant students who have or are currently participating in one or more AZSG programs (internships, fellowships, ASCEND program, etc.);
- Currently enrolled (Fall 2021 & Spring 2022) undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply;
- Any major is welcome!;
- Must have at least 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this program;
- Must be able to walk up stairs, carry 20+ lbs, and walk through Biosphere 2 facilities off designated paths;
- This is an in-person program. Students must commit to staying on-site at Biosphere 2 for the full duration of the camp (February 14-19th, 2021). Optional/strongly encouraged Sunday, February 13th evening stay due to camp beginning at 8AM the next morning;
- We encourage applications from students in groups underrepresented in science.
- We note that SCB2 occurs during the academic year. With SCB2 support, past participants were able to receive a Dean's excused absence while at SCB2.
SCB2 is free to participate! All meals, housing, and equipment/resources needed to participate (research tools, computers, notebooks, etc.) are provided upon arrival. Please note, we do not provide stipends for travel to/from the SCB2 program.
Biosphere 2 is located in the wonderfully diverse Sonoran Desert, and the accommodations are beautiful. The researcher casita you will be staying in is a rustic, Santa Fe-style house. Each casita has from three to five bedrooms with a shared living area. The rooms are spacious and feature wireless Internet access and central air conditioning. Please remember to bring toiletries and any appliances you need or use on a daily basis. Bedding, a set of towels, shampoo, soap, and lotion are all provided. At night, the casita village is well lit, but the surrounding property can be quite dark. There is a flashlight in each bedroom, but bringing your own flashlight/headlamp is encouraged. Come prepared with close-toed shoes, water bottle, and sun protection. Bathrooms are generally shared (suite-style) among two bedrooms. An individual bed will be provided to each participant, however, you will share a casita with one or more students of the same gender from AZSG or KU. Remember, it can get hot in Southern Arizona, even in February, so bring sun-protective layers. Monsoons can hit suddenly this time of year, so make sure to bring an umbrella or raincoat. Pack clothing for research in and out of the Biosphere 2 facility, leisure clothes, and sleeping clothes. Pack one nice shirt for the last day of SCB2 when you will present your research.
All meals will be provided and dietary restrictions will be adhered to. Participants will receive 3 meals per day plus snacks and beverages.
HOW TO APPLY:
1) Fill out the necessary information in the 'Space Camp Application'.
2) Reach out to a reference and ask them to submit a letter of support on your behalf. Details for your letter of support can be found here (PDF download).
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