SSERVI Higher Education

A core mission of SSERVI is to train the next generation of lunar and planetary scientists. As such, SSERVI has developed a strong support structure with a wide variety of opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and early career lunar and planetary researchers.

NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP)

Postdoctoral fellowships are one way that SSERVI fosters cross-team and interdisciplinary collaborations. Managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities, the SSERVI NPP fellows are expected to work within multiple disciplines on scientific topics that push the boundaries of what is currently known about the Moon. SSERVI NPP fellowships are two-year awards with one potential additional year based on performance. More information on the NPP may be found here.


Held in conjunction with SSERVI’s annual Exploration Science Forum, the LunarGradCon is an annual one-day conference that is managed, planned and operated by and for graduate students. The overall goal of the LunarGradCon is to provide an opportunity for grad students and early-career postdocs to present their research on lunar and planetary science in a friendly environment among their peers. In addition to oral presentations, opportunities for networking with fellow grad students and postdocs, as well as senior members of SSERVI, will be provided. A limited amount of funding is provided annually for travel and lodging costs. More information can be found here.

NASA Academy

SSERVI has long been a proud supporter of the NASA Academy program by fully funding a single student’s participation within the NASA Ames Academy. The NASA Academy is a leadership and professional development summer program designed to introduce college juniors, seniors and first-year graduate students to the entire space program including commercial space, research institutes, management practices and policy drafting. The vision of the Academy as described by its founder, Dr. Gerald Soffen is “give possible leaders a view into how NASA, the university community, and the private sector function, set their priorities, and contribute to the success of the aerospace program.” In today’s world, the need for such an opportunity is even more compelling. NASA needs inspired and educated youth eager to take usto the Moon, to Mars, and beyond. For more information please see

Next Gen Lunar Scientists and Engineers (NGLSE):

The focus of this group is to design, encourage, promote, and work to fund experience building and networking activities among group members. These opportunities will enable the members to become better equipped to contribute to the success of the lunar program, now and in the future if called upon by NASA, academia, industry, or international partners. The group will respond to the needs of the lunar community for input or service, in the form of convening workshops and meetings open to NGLSE members. The NGLSE group will also drive education and public outreach (E/PO) activities for students and the general public in order to continually recruit the next generation of lunar scientists and engineers. Therefore, NGLSE will provide NASA with a next generation work force that is experienced with the integration of science and engineering as it pertains to lunar exploration.

Student Poster Competition and Lightning Talks at the Exploration Science Forum

SSERVI sponsors the Student Poster Competition at the Exploration Science Forum. This annual event provides motivation, encouragement, and most of all, recognition to the most promising lunar and planetary scientists of the future. Additional information can be found here. SSERVI also sponsors lightning talks at the Exploration Science Forum. These are a series of 2 minute talks devoted to students so that they can provide information about their research and poster presentations (no slides!). These are designed to provide the students with experience speaking in front of a large crowd and exposure of the students and their work to the whole exploration science community.

Student Exchange Program

SSERVI encourages and promotes the exchange of students between laboratories to foster inter-lab collaborations and broaden the students’ network and scientific capabilities. International and domestic students are eligible. If interested in potential student exchange, please contact SSERVI Staff Scientist Brad Bailey at

SSERVI Science Teams

Inspiration Room

NLSI Inspiration Room

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