Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

Project: Research project

Project Details


Through this proposed NSF INTERN supplemental funding opportunity, I hope to participate in research activities at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA. Under the mentorship of Dr. Abigail Allwood, I will conduct research related to characterizing biosignatures in Mars-analog rocks and will work towards contributing toward the development of PIXL (Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochemistry Principle Investigator: Abigail Allwood), which is an instrument that will fly aboard the upcoming Mars 2020 rover. PIXL uses a 125 m diameter focused x-ray beam to create point, line, and raster map measurements of elemental abundances of geologic samples. This instrument will be affixed to the arm of the new NASA Mars 2020 rover and will serve as one of the major geochemical tools used to complete the rovers astrobiological objectives.
Effective start/end date12/1/127/31/19


  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $9,800,382.00


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