Heliophysics Summer School Recruitment Announcement

2019 Lab Tour

1 - 12 August 2022 

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the 2022 Heliophysics Summer School will be held in a virtual format

"Connecting the Heliosphere: Using Global Models to Connect In-situ and Remote Sensing Data Throughout the Heliosphere"

Deadline: EXTENDED TO 13 May, 2022

CPAESS partners with NASA to hold the Heliophysics Summer School each year. We invite you to apply for the 2022 Heliophysics Summer School, which will be held virtually this year. We are seeking students to join us this coming summer for a unique professional experience. They will learn about the exciting science of heliophysics as a broad, coherent discipline that reaches in space from the Earth’s troposphere to the depths of the Sun, and in time from the formation of the solar system to the distant future.

The Heliophysics Summer School focuses on the physics of core processes that describe the domains of the heliosphere (solar interior and corona, solar wind, magnetospheres, ionospheres, and the heliosphere boundary) and emphasizes the unifying concepts between these domains. The 2022 Summer School will focus on the connection between global models and the results of spacecraft and ground based observations. Heliophysics relies on data collection through in-situ instruments on spacecraft - such as Solar Probe, MMS, and DMSP – that provide point measurements, remote-sensing observations such as solar imagery from SDO and DKIST, and measurements of the upper atmosphere and space environment from ground-based radar and the GOLD spacecraft. Global models allow us to bridge the gap between these measurements and understanding of the implications for the whole system.

The lecture series will include a core set of lectures covering the fundamentals of Heliophysics and the underlying plasma physics using a lecture tutorial approach.  In addition, leading researchers will provide insights into the relationship between global models and observations. The lectures will be supplemented with hands-on laboratory exercises that explore the fundamentals of the Sun-Earth system and compare the output of various models to observations. The aim of the summer school is to provide students with the background and understanding needed to do research and make discoveries about the interconnected Heliophysics system in their professional careers. Another aim is for participants to build a network of colleagues from the summer school.

The school will be based on lectures, laboratories, and recitations from world experts, and will draw material from the textbook Principles of Heliophysics: a textbook on the universal processes behind planetary habitability, available online with free access. It will also make use of model results from the NASA Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC).

Approximately 35 students will be selected through a competitive process organized by the UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science. The school lasts for eight days, and each participant receives full travel support for airline tickets, lodging and per diem costs.

Student Application Requirements

  • Currently enrolled as a graduate student in any phase of training, or first or second year postdoctoral fellow
  • Major in physics with an emphasis on astrophysics, geophysics, plasma physics, and space physics, or experienced in at least one of these areas.
  • Pursuing a career in heliophysics or astrophysics

Students Apply Here


For further information please e-mail bruyerec@ucar.edu.

The Living With a Star program of the Heliophysics Division in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate sponsors the Summer Schools. The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) CPAESS collaborates with NASA in administering the schools.

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is an EE/AAE who values and encourages diversity in the workplace. Images courtesy of NASA.