Atmospheric chemistry research in a French forest

Students working in this project will be part of a larger campaign called "ACROSS" - Atmospheric Chemistry of the Suburban Forest - taking place outside of Paris, France this summer. ACROSS is a project supported by the Make Our Planet Great Again initiative that enables focused research on the interactions of urban and biogenically-influenced air masses. A highlight of this project is a comprehensive, multi-platform field measurement campaign. More information about research in France is provided here.

The primary student responsibility will be to support operation and data analysis of atmospheric chemistry measurements that are part of this campaign. 

In your application please address why this type of project would be beneficial to you.

Name of research group, project, or lab
Hawkins lab - Climate, Environment, and Air Research
Why join this research group or lab?

Research in the Hawkins lab targets the intersection of air quality and climate change. Students working in my lab are trained to operate research-grade atmospheric chemistry instrumentation and often get to participate in collaborative work that takes them off campus. Students will advance their understanding along more than one axis (chemistry, engineering, data analysis, and environmental science).

Representative publication
Logistics Information:
Project categories
Chemical Engineering
Earth Science
Environmental Science
Student ranks applicable
Student qualifications

Students are welcome from all majors and no prior knowledge or experience is required. Willingness and interest in learning chemistry, troubleshooting, and data analysis are required as you will most certainly experience challenges along all of these fronts! We will be working outside, and it may be warm. Ability to navigate unfamiliar social situations and to work with teams from various international backgrounds is required. Familiarity in working with data in various formats is appreciated, but not required.

Time commitment
Summer - Full Time
Paid Research
Number of openings
Techniques learned

The specific instruments assigned to each student have not yet been determined and will depend on the students selected and on our collaborators. However, commonly used techniques include aerosol mass spectrometry (aerosol chemistry by mass spec), gas phase mass spectrometry, particle counting and sizing, and online spectroscopy. Students will also learn about large teams of scientists work together and how atmospheric chemistry field work is accomplished. Students will learn how to interpret and display data in various formats and with a variety of audiences.

Contact Information:
Mentor name
Lelia Hawkins
Mentor email
Mentor position
Principal Investigator
Name of project director or principal investigator
Lelia Hawkins
Email address of project director or principal investigator
2 sp. | 23 appl.
Hours per week
Summer - Full Time
Project categories
Environmental Science (+4)
ChemistryEngineeringChemical EngineeringEarth ScienceEnvironmental Science