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 Graduate Student Opportunity To Participate in the Planetary Science Decadal 

The Planetary Science Decadal Survey extends an invitation to graduate students to act as observers/rapporteurs during meetings of the Planetary Science Decadal Survey’s Steering Group and its five Panels. Their primary duty is to take notes which will be posted on the decadal survey’s website for use by survey members and the larger planetary science community.

Attending a meeting will give students the unique opportunity to experience an insider’s view of the activities of Planetary Science Decadal Survey; plus the ability to interact with committee members, briefers and agency officials.

  1. Attend the entire duration of the meeting. Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings will begin at 8:30 a.m. on day one and end no later than noon on day three.
  2. Take notes during the meeting and prepare separate summaries of the discussions that took place in both the open and closed sessions.
  3. The open-session summary will be approximately 15-25 pages long. The report of the discussions at the 2007 Colloquium on Astrobiology and Mars Exploration (available at should be used as both a summary template and as a guide to style, length, etc.
  4. The notes should be completed, collated, edited and sent to decadal survey staff in a form suitable for posting within one week of the meeting’s conclusion.
  5. Participants will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement (to participate in closed sessions) and a copyright-release form.
 Application Procedure

Please send the following to

  1. A brief resumé;
  2. A cover letter (no more than one page) outlining your interest in the decadal survey
  3. The meeting in which you wish to participate.
 Applications will be accepted until the available opportunities (see below) have been filled. Unsuccessful candidates will not be contacted.

 Available Opportunities

  1. It is anticipated that two rapporteurs will be engaged for each scheduled decadal survey meeting.
  2. The Steering Group is scheduled to meet on November 16-18, 2009 in Irvine, California; February 22-24, 2010 (TBD); and May 25-27, 2010 in Washington, DC.
  3. The Inner Planets Panel will meet on October 26-28, 2009 in Irvine, California and on April 21-23, 2010 in Boulder, Colorado.
  4. The Mars Panel will meet on November 5-6, 2010 in Pasadena, California, and on April 14-16, 2010 in Boulder, Colorado.
  5. The Primitive Bodies Panel will meet on October 28-30 in Irvine, California (28-30 October), and on April 26-28, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
  6. The Giant Planets Panel will meet on October 26-28, 2009 in Irvine, California, and on May 5-7, 2010 in Massachusetts.
  7. The Satellites of the Giant Planets Panel will meet April 12-14, 2010 in Boulder, Colorado.
  8. Please check back for updates or changes to meeting dates and locations.


Participants will receive the following:
1. An honorarium of $100.00 after the receipt of their notes;
2. Breakfast and lunch on meeting days one, two and three (assuming a standard meeting schedule); and
3. An invitation to attend the committee’s working dinner (typically on meeting day one).
Participants will not receive support for travel, lodgings, or any other benefits.