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ALMA Ambassadors Program for Cycle 12

The North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC) is accepting applications for the ALMA Ambassadors Program, with a deadline of May 24, 2024. The program provides training and up to a $10,000 USD research grant (other forms of payment are available, see below) to postdoctoral researchers, senior graduate students, and early career researchers interested in expanding their ALMA/radio interferometry expertise and sharing that knowledge with their home (or other) institutions. For Cycle 12, ALMA Ambassadors can choose to support the community by organizing and hosting (1) ALMA Cycle 12 proposal preparation support workshops (Spring 2025) and/or (2) ALMA-focused data processing and analysis workshops (Fall 2024).

For more information, please visit the ALMA Ambassadors website.


Student Funding Opportunity for ALMA Archival Research 

The North American ALMA Science Center is pleased to announce a funding opportunity to support students working on data obtained from the ALMA archive. This opportunity will follow the terms and conditions of the NRAO Student Observing Support (SOS) program. Students enrolled at US universities and colleges are eligible for funding.  Eligible expenses include a student stipend, computing hardware, and student travel to present ALMA results at a domestic conference.  

For more information, and to apply, visit: https://science.nrao.edu/facilities/opportunities/student-programs/sos 

The application deadline is May 24, 2024.  We expect to announce results in August 2024. Questions about this SOS opportunity may be directed to Jim Braatz at jbraatz@nrao.edu.


Support for Conferences and Workshops

The North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC) invites members of the North American (US and Canada) scientific community to apply for funding in support of inclusive conferences and workshops in fiscal year 2024. We prioritize events which encourage the participation of students, postdocs, and early career researchers. PI-led events based in the US or other national or international conferences may be considered. We will accept applications for funding below $10K at any time while funds for fiscal year 2024 last. More information: https://science.nrao.edu/facilities/alma/facilities/alma/support-for-naasc-conferences-and-workshops

Events supported in FY24 include:

- The Physics and Impact of Astrophysical Dust  (PI D. Naranayan) Aspen CO, March 2024

- Debris Disks in the Sonoran Desert (PI K. Su) Tuscon AZ, March 2024

Spatio-spectral Modeling of Interferometric Data: Preparing for the Wideband Era (PI E. Koch) Charlottesville, May 2024

- Cool Stars (PI C. Thiessen), San Diego CA, June 2024

- The FUor/EXor-Planet formation connection  (PI A. Hales), Santiago, September 2024


Data Reduction and Publication Support

The North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC) provides travel and lodging support during your visit to NRAO headquarters in Charlottesville, VA from investigators of successful ALMA programs or archival researchers.  If you need any help in reducing your data, or just a quiet week away in Central Virginia to finish writing up your next ALMA paper, consider coming for a face-to-face visit to work closely with our data analysts and scientific staff.  For more information and to request a visit, please see https://science.nrao.edu/facilities/alma/visits and submit a ticket to the face-to-face visits department of the ALMA Helpdesk. Come visit us!
You can also consult with our EPO team to see if your results would have broader public interest and to explore outreach opportunities.

Feedback on ALMA data analysis tools is greatly appreciated. Please communicate any obstacles encountered in the path from data delivery to publication by submitting a Helpdesk ticket. In particular, has a lack of computing resources, software for analysis, visualization, plotting, or other "tools" proven to be a difficulty? NRAO thanks you in advance for your feedback.


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