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The National Astronomy Consortium (NAC)

by Davis Murphy last modified Jan 05, 2021 by Lyndele von Schill

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About the NAC

The National Astronomy Consortium (NAC) is a program led by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and Associated Universities Inc., (AUI) in partnership with the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), and a number of minority and majority universities to increase the numbers of students from underrepresented* and underserved groups and those otherwise overlooked by the traditional academic pipeline into STEM or STEM-related careers.

Primary Goal: to increase the number of students, who otherwise would have been overlooked by the traditional academic pipeline, in STEM and STEM careers by placing them in a cooperative, diverse team over the summer and beyond.


Highlights of the NAC program include:


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To contact the NAC please send an email to odi@nrao.edu.

* We define under-represented groups to mean all of the following, but not limited to, people of color, women, sexual orientation and gender identity minorities, economically disadvantaged and first-generation college students.

** Students with ‘grit’ exhibit passion for a particular long-term goal, along with powerful motivation for achieving their objectives.