Education and Outreach


COFFIES, which stands for Consequences of Fields and Flows in the Interior and Exterior of the Sun, is a NASA-funded Phase I DRIVE Science Center with the goal of solving some of the most difficult mysteries hidden in the deep interior of our Sun.

We are committed to sustaining a vibrant, diverse, inclusive, and supported undergraduate community at SSL. Undergraduate student opportunities at SSL usually offer academic credits through campus programs and department collaborations, or hourly pay via direct hires.

The Sun is over a million times bigger than the Earth! But it is so far from our planet that it looks small in the sky. Even at that great distance, the Sun influences us in many ways. Space Weather Explorers Week is a collection of lessons and activities about the Sun-Earth connection. Several times each year, you can interact live with NASA scientists and ask them your questions. 

Cal Day, held once a year on a Saturday in mid-April, is the UC Berkeley Open House for incoming freshmen and the general public. It’s also the one day each year that the Space Sciences Lab opens its doors to the public. All-day activities include walking tours of our cutting-edge space science research lab and our mission operations center, talks on current research and science and engaging space-related hands-on activities for all ages!

ASSURE (Advancing Space Science Undergraduate Research Experiences) provides an inclusive and supportive environment for undergraduate research.
In partnership with scientists and Engineers at the Space Sciences Laboratory, we offer a welcoming, supportive environment in which students can conduct their research using proven best-practices techniques. Our main initiative ASSURE program that is offered in the summertime for students from underrepresented backgrounds, in particular from Community Colleges and Minority Serving Institutions.

The 2021 Lunar Entry and Approach Platform for Research on Ground (LEAPFROG) challenge is a multi-stage student competition funded by NASA’s Artemis Student Challenges Program. It consists of a software challenge through a simulation followed by a vehicle-building for the top teams across the country.

To most astronauts’ dismay, many different functions of the human body are altered and impaired when they go to space. Alongside heart problems, vision loss, and many other symptoms, space health researchers have found that floating in space actually accelerates the aging process at the cellular level. However, this also provides an extraordinary opportunity to study human aging, since we can now observe and study the aging process in a matter of days instead of years!

An archive of twenty years of former classroom activities and Education and Public Outreach (EPO) projects.

Graduate students from all departments on the UC Berkeley campus are eligible to apply to the Lin Fellowship.

The Robert P. Lin Graduate Fellowship was established in 2012 with a gift from the Lin family. It is used to support outstanding current or incoming graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley who pursue research related to space sciences, including, but not limited to students studying Physics, Astronomy, or Engineering. Recipients of the fellowship demonstrate a high level of academic distinction. Preference is given to students who pursue research projects associated with Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL).