SHIELD Summer School

The NASA SHIELD DRIVE Science Center

SHIELD Summer School in Plasma Processes at the Edge of the Solar System
May 22nd – May 26th, 2023 at Boston University, Boston Massachusetts
Applications for 2023 have closed.
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SHIELD Summer School

Applications are invited for the 2023 Inaugural SHIELD Summer School in Plasma Processes at the Edge of the Solar System, to be held at the Boston University during May 22-26, 2023. The summer school will offer an intensive one-week course in the most challenging plasma processes that drive the structure and dynamics at the Edge of the Solar System. 

The school is appropriate to graduate, advanced undergraduate students, and new postdoctoral researchers interested in solar and space physics. We also encourage applications from those working in adjacent fields such as stellar and astrophysics, exoplanets, or geophysics who want to deepen their understanding of the processes of the solar wind and its interaction with the interstellar medium.  SHIELD is committed to improving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and encourages applicants from members of historically excluded communities. 

Leading research scientists working in the outer heliosphere will give lectures on plasma processes and phenomena in play at the edge of the solar system. Topics to be covered include reconnection, turbulence, neutral-plasma interactions; overview of the structure of the heliosphere; and theory and practice of interpreting spacecraft data from missions such as Voyager, New Horizons, and IBEX Please check the schedule link for an updated schedule.

Summer School participants will not only engage in stimulating lectures from both senior and early career researchers who are leading the field into the future, but will also engage in activities around interpreting data and evaluating model results. There will also be opportunities for networking with the lecturers and peers.  On the last day participants will engage in discussions around the DEI issues in the Heliophysics community.  

The summer school is supported by NASA under the SHIELD DRIVE Center. Travel and lodging will be arranged and paid for by SHIELD and participants will be provided a small stipend for other expenses.

To apply, complete this form which includes the submission of a CV and a short personal statement (1-2 pages).