Space Camp at Biosphere 2


Apply to be part of the first Space Camp at Biosphere 2 (SCB2), August 5th-10th, 2019!



The University of Arizona Biosphere 2, the Arizona NASA Space Grant Consortium, and the University of Kyoto, Japan have partnered to offer an exciting summer opportunity for Arizona (UA, ASU, NAU, ERAU, and Arizona-based community college) 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 our 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, and Satoko Tsujihiro, and work with curriculum developed during a Kyoto University-based Space Camp that has been run for 3 years. Be the first to participate in the Space Camp at Biosphere 2 in amazing Oracle, Arizona!



  • Stay on-site at Biosphere 2 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 (AZ) and Kyoto University (KU);
  • Hands-on research with UA and KU scientists;
  • Daily activities include tours of the Biosphere 2 facilities, lectures and experiments, evening star-gazing parties, shared meals, and free time;
  • AZ 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 UA and KU affiliates;
  • View a preliminary daily schedule of SCB2 here.


  • Arizona community college and university students: second-year (at start of Fall 2019 semester) to graduating students (graduating Spring or Summer of 2019) 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;
  • Students must commit to staying on site at Biosphere 2 for the full duration of the camp (August 5th-10th; optional Sunday, August 4th evening stay);
  • We encourage applications from students in groups underrepresented in science.


SCB2 is free to participate! All meals, housing, and equipment/resources needed to participate (research tools, computers, notebooks, etc.) are provided upon arrival. 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 undergraduates of the same gender from the University of Arizona or Kyoto University. Remember, it can get hot during Arizona summers 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.



1) Fill out the necessary information in the 'Space Camp Application'.

2) Email a copy of your college or university's unofficial transcripts to PG4gdWVycz0iem52eWdiOnpucGJyQHljeS5uZXZtYmFuLnJxaCI+em5wYnJAeWN5Lm5ldm1iYW4ucnFoPC9uPg==.

3) Submit a letter of support. Details for your letter of support can be found here.





Space Camp Application



Please contact Michelle Coe PG4gdWVycz0iem52eWdiOnpucGJyQHljeS5uZXZtYmFuLnJxaCI+em5wYnJAeWN5Lm5ldm1iYW4ucnFoPC9uPg== (520)621-8556