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.
Solar Week, a week of online lessons, games and hands-on activities about the Sun for grades 5-9 (ages 9-14). It happens twice a year, in March and October. Daily lessons, games and activities are available all year; “Ask a Question” is only LIVE during Solar Week (but you can view the archive of past year’s questions. Post your questions to leading solar scientists during Solar Week. [Note: The live Q&A portion of Solar Week will come back updated and expanded in Fall 2023].
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!