The National Radio Astronomy Consortium (NAC) is a competitive program for undergraduate students (1st-4th year) who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or are enrolled in an accredited U.S. undergraduate program (including community college). The NAC program is intended to increase the number of women and underrepresented minority students entering, and remaining in, STEM areas that support the field of astronomy (e.g., science, engineering, computing, EPO, and more), by providing research experiences, long-term mentoring, and cohort support. Summer research experiences range from 8-12 weeks, and take place at one of the NAC partner sites. For more information, see go.nrao.edu/nac.
Highlights of the program include:
· Summer, and extended, research experience
· In 2018, NAC sites will 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