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National Astronomy Consortium (NAC)


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Academic Level:
Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

Description:
The National Astronomy Consortium (NAC) is an innovative, competitive program designed to provide research opportunities, and long-term mentoring support, to underrepresented students in STEM fields. The NAC program expands upon the traditional summer research experience by creating an expectation of long-term mentoring, along with engagement in a strong, national-level peer and mentor network. NAC students are selected for grit' and are partnered with world-class scientists, engineers, technicians, and other professionals, for research activities that extend beyond the summer into the academic year. Peer mentoring and support is an important component of the NAC, and is fostered through placement in thoughtfully-developed cohorts at leading observatories and universities.

Highlights of the NAC program include:

Summer, and extended, research experience

NAC sites include NRAO-Charlottesville, NRAO-Socorro, Princeton University, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Summer stipend, and travel assistance

Long-term mentoring

Academic and professional development

Year-round, monthly virtual 'hangouts' to maintain peer support and continue professional development

Weekly cohort meetings during summer

Participation in American Astronomical Society winter meeting

Participation in annual NAC Workshop at Howard University

Opportunities to present research to prominent members of professional societies, universities, and governmental agencies


Application Deadline: 2/1/2017
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Program Dates: 5/29/2017 - 8/15/2017

Participating Institution(s):
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National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Charlottesville (Lead)
National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Green Bank
National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Socorro
Princeton University
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Materials Science & Engineering
Physics

Keywords:
Data Analysis
Diversity

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)


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