Lunar and Planetary Newsletters and Groups

Lunar and Related Mailing Lists

Lunar List: send email to Clive Neal to subscribe, with your name and email address.

NASA Science Mission Directorate: log into NSPIRES, navigate to Account Management, then Email Subscriptions and check the desired box (e.g. Planetary Science)

Astromaterials Newsletter: go to ARES webpage, and fill out the form linked at Subscribe to the Newsletter

Lunar and Planetary Institute Lists: sign up for the quarterly LPI bulletin or the weekly planetary news by filling out the linked form.

Graduate Planetary Science Programs (with embedded links)

Is your program not listed? Email the webmaster at the bottom of the page to be added!

Applying to Graduate School

  1. Identify topic(s) of interest

  2. Identify faculty members at various universities that match those topics of interest.

    • Determine if these schools require standardized test(s) to apply: GRE; subject GREs (e.g. physics). Take these exams early, typically spring or summer before applying in the fall.

  3. Contact those faculty members via email, asking if they are looking for new graduate students, expressing your own interests as they align with that person's work.

    • Try to get in contact with multiple faculty members from a single university or program.

    • Generally contact during the fall (~one year) before matriculation, if applications close in winter.

  4. Apply to the programs/schools where you received positive responses from faculty members.

    • Most likely will involve submitting a piece of writing. Ask current mentor(s) for feedback on your writing before submitting. Curate the writing to be specific to the university and often the particular professor you are seeking to work with.

    • Will involve some number (typically 2–3) letters of recommendation. Ask for these at least one month before the due date and send reminders two and one weeks before the submission date.

Lunar and Related Online Courses

  • Our Moon: From Imagination to Exploration

    • Free, online course with a syllabus, lectures, and resources geared toward undergraduate students. Content is based on an undergraduate course offered at Johns Hopkins University in Fall 2019.

Do you know of a relevant course that's not listed? Email the webmaster at the bottom of the page to add it!

Image Credit: ISRO/NASA/JHUAPL/LPI & NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University