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Information for Summer Students Coming to Socorro

by Purav Patel last modified Nov 21, 2019 by Jim Braatz


Information for Summer Students Coming to Socorro

We are pleased that you have accepted our offer of a summer appointment, and look forward to having you join our astronomical community. We are conducting exciting research at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and we trust your summer here will be a rewarding one. This document contains information to help make your transition to Socorro as pain- and worry- free as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact Anna Kapinska (phone: (575)-835-7155 or email: akapinska@nrao.edu) with questions or concerns.

General Information

General information of interest for all summer students, regardless of assigned site, is collected in at https://science.nrao.edu/opportunities/student-programs/NRAOstudents_summer. This includes information on start dates, stipends, travel reimbursement, your research assignment and schedule, and the opportunity to present your research at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

Getting Here

Socorro, NM is the location of the Very Large Array (VLA) and Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) Science Operations Center (SOC) where you will be working during the summer. Socorro is located about 75 miles south of Albuquerque, NM just off of I-25. Maps are available to the Science Operations Center in Socorro, NM. The VLA site is about 45 miles west of Socorro on the plains of St. Augustin.  The closest airport to Socorro is Albuquerque (ABQ).

Please review the NRAO travel reimbursement policy before arranging your travel plans. Details are given in your acceptance letter, and can be found on-line at https://science.nrao.edu/opportunities/student-programs/NRAOstudents_summer#Travel.

Short Term Housing

The NRAO Guest House can be reserved for short term lodging while you secure or can move into long-term housing for the summer. NRAO will reimburse you up to $300 for short term lodging either at the NRAO Guest House or a local motel, either at the beginning, at the end of your stay or a combination of days.  Please note that the summer months are peak usage times for the NRAO Guest House and local motels. If you will need to stay at the NRAO facility for a few days upon arrival, you should submit the Visitors Registration form as soon as possible. The form can be found at https://bos.nrao.edu/ .

The Visitor Registration System will ask for your user name and password, so first "request an account". Once the system is accessed, feel free to change your password if you wish. Confirmation on requests will be emailed to you.

Long Term Housing

You will need to secure a place to live over the summer. It is often advantageous to do this remotely.  There are several possibilities:

  1. New Mexico Tech student housing is usually available to us.  The student apartments (Ben D. Altamirano Apartments) are furnished and a description of what you can expect will be available on NMT's Residential Life page. The apartments are walking distance to the Pete V. Domenici Science Operations Center, where you will work.   See NMT Student Housing for 2017 NRAO Summer Students page for more details (to be updated for 2018 shortly).
  2. In years past some students have opted to rent houses together to share resources and expense.  Housing in Socorro is generally cheap compared to metropolitan areas, with two bedrooms typically around $500 - $750/month.
  3. Occasionally people have rooms to rent, please contact about this option.
Also note that NRAO has a small supply of used furniture etc. which can be borrowed for the summer on first come first served basis. If you find a place remotely that you want to know more about, we can arrange to go by and check out that it meets some minimum level of acceptability.

Local Information

You can find on-line information about Socorro, and things to do in Socorro, at the following websites: