Research Opportunities

 CURE (Consortium for Undergraduate Research Experiences)

student with mars rover


Mimi Parker was awarded the LACC Jet Propulsion Laboratory Undergraduate Scholarship (JPLUS) and completed a summer undergraduate research experience with the Planetary Robotics Laboratory at the Jet Propulsion Lab in 2013.

For the past 17 years, motivated students from the LACC Physics and Engineering department have participated in several research programs funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Consortium for Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE) program. The research is usually performed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) or at CalTech (California Institute of Technology). Projects have included astronomical observations at Table Mountain, telemetry for the Cassini Mission to Saturn, and analysis of data from the Spitzer Space Telescope. Students work full time during the summer and can continue their work part-time during the school year. Stipends are provided to all students participating in the program. For more information about the research programs at LACC please contact Professor Paul McCudden. The only qualifications needed to participate in the research programs are strong motivation, an interest in science and engineering, and current enrollment or completion of Physics 101 or Physics 21.