2018 NAC Application

by Lyndele von Schill last modified Nov 28, 2017


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.

About the NAC Application and Selection Process

Interested students should follow these steps to apply for a 2017 NAC Internship:

  1. Apply through the NRAO Summer Student Application Portal as soon as possible after November 15, 2017, but no later than February 1, 2018.
  2. Important: The application form asks you to select a site for the internship; please choose "Charlottesville, VA." In the second phase of the application process, you will learn more about the various sites at which NAC internships take place, and will have an opportunity to select one, or more, of the NAC partner sites.
  3. In 2018, the NAC sites will be:
    • NRAO-Charlottesville and the NRAO Central Development Lab
    • NRAO-Socorro
    • Princeton University (for more information contact )
    • Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
    • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  4. Following your application, if you have asked to be considered for the NAC program, you will be asked to complete a second, short, NAC-specific application. Please complete this second application by the deadline provided in the email.
  5. If your application is selected for final review, you will be contacted with more information in late February/early March.
  6. NAC interns will be notified by March 1, 2018.

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Information about the 2018 NAC Program:

  • NAC cohorts consist of 2-4 students, at each site, who are paired with individual mentors.
  • NAC students are paid a healthy stipend for the summer research experience (the exact amount will vary by site but it is comparable to typical REU programs).
  • The NAC experience consists of the usual summer research experience for the students but also engages the students over the entire academic year as follows:
  • Once selected for the program, the students will meet and interact with their NAC cohort and the entire NAC 2018 class virtually (using Zoom), and prepare for the summer research. This orientation will take place about 8 weeks before arrival at the cohort site.
  • While at the cohort sites, students will participate in the weekly NAC group meetings and NAC events. 
  • Following the summer experience, the students will be invited to the NAC workshop (usually held in early September, in Washington DC). Expenses are covered by the NAC program.
  • Over the fall semester, the students are expected to continue their research at their home institution in collaboration with their home faculty member and the NAC mentor, and prepare a poster for presentation at the winter AAS meeting.
  • 2018 NAC students will present their research posters at the winter 2019 AAS meeting. Expenses will be covered by the NAC program.
  • NAC students are expected to remain actively involved with the NAC via regular monthly Zoom meetings.