Undergraduate Research Opportunity… to Study Mars!


Study the evolution of the atmosphere of Mars at a UCSD Lab, with Prof. Mark Thiemens!
Seeking highly motivated and ambitious students (Preferably 3rd or 4th year undergraduates)
Available to spend 10-12 hours/week in the lab
Students can enroll in PHYS/CHEM 199 to get credit for research
Depending on quality of work, student may be eligible for paid summer internship!

For further information please contact Project Scientist: Robina@ucsd.edu

More details below…

Over the last two decades, Mars Rovers (Phoenix and Curiosity) have provided tremendous data to help us understand the unique chemistry on the surface of the red planet-Mars. Data indicated significant diurnal variations in the atmosphere of Mars, for example concentration of carbon dioxide, water vary by an order of magnitude depending on the temperature shift.

At UCSD stable isotope lab, we employ stable isotopes as tools to understand the nature of chemical reactions. We have developed a laboratory setup to study the interaction of CO2 and O2 with different minerals. This study will have implications for understanding the atmosphere-geosphere -hydrosphere on Mars. Stable isotopes provide unique finger prints of the sources/ sinks and reaction path ways and help us to identify the reaction mechanism at molecular level. The data from this project will be used to interpret curiosity and Phoenix measurements.

Students will be introduced to various analytical techniques during this period and are encouraged to develop critical analytical skills required for an independent research. We are seeking highly motivated and ambitious students (preferably 3 or 4th years) with good understanding of physics/chemistry principles and willingness to spend (~ 10-12 h/week) in the lab to ensure progress of their experiments. Students can enroll in physics/ chem 199 to get credits for their research. Depending on the progress of the work, student may be eligible for paid summer internship.

Should you require further information, please contact:

Project Scientist: Robina@ucsd.edu


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