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Cornell Joins Jet Propulsion Lab's Strategic University Research Partners

Cornell University has become the 13th member of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Strategic University Research Partnership (SURP) program. SURP provides support for summer internships for undergraduate students and collaborative research and educational opportunities.

Physical Sciences Professor Jonathan Lunine called the agreement a "cross-campus effort" and said it will bring together Cornell's space sciences, engineering, and Earth and atmospherics science departments.

"This really is a vehicle for novel, collaborative research across the campus — for both research and teaching," said Lunine, in a prepared statement. "Now, let the fun begin."

The agreement is the latest move in a history of collaboration between the university and the organization. Previously, Cornell professors have participated in JPL's Cassini-Huygens mission and the Mars Exploration Rover Mission.

Other SURP partners include Arizona State University, Dartmouth College, Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Arizona, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Michigan, University of Southern California and University of Texas at Austin.

More information about SURP is available at

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