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Summer Student Program

The NRAO has conducted a summer student research program since 1959, with over 930 participants to date. Each NRAO summer student conducts research under the supervision of an NRAO staff member at one of three NRAO sites, on a project in the supervisor's area of expertise. The project may involve any aspect of astronomy, including original research, instrumentation, telescope design, astronomical site evaluation or astronomical software development. Often, these projects result in publications in scientific journals. This program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

NAC Student Program

The National Astronomy Consortium student program is modeled after the "Posse Foundation" and seeks to create small yearly cohorts of students whom we hope to inspire to STEM careers. At NRAO we host two cohorts, one in Socorro, NM and one in Charlottesville, VA and coordinate other cohorts at our partner institutions across the nation. Students who are selected to be part of the NAC are involved in the Summer Student Program and are also involved in a variety of other NAC activities before, during and after the summer experience at NRAO.

PING Program

The Physicists Inspiring the Next Generation program is a collaboration between the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), the NRAO and AUI to expose traditionally underrepresented minorities to radio astronomy science and engineering. The undergraduate students selected for the program will be located in Green Bank, WV, where they will be partnered with an astronomer or engineer engaged in cutting edge research. As part of this program the undergraduate students will also have an intensive education outreach experience serving as instructors and mentors for middle school students during a 2-week physics/astronomy research camp.

Cooperative Education (Co-Op) and Undergraduate Internship Program

The NRAO Co-op and Undergraduate Internship program provides opportunities for undergraduate students in engineering, applied physics, or computer science to enrich their classroom learning experience by working closely with NRAO technical staff on projects at the technological forefront in radio astronomy instrumentation.

Graduate Student Internship Program

The NRAO maintains a program to support students who are in the early years of a graduate student program at their university -- most often in their first or second year of graduate studies -- and who are interested in pursuing research in radio astronomy, in instrumentation development for radio astronomy, or in areas of electrical engineering or computer science that are closely related to radio astronomy observing techniques or data analysis.

Grote Reber Doctoral Fellowship Program

The NRAO Grote Reber Doctoral Fellowship Program is jointly sponsored by the NRAO and by universities who wish their Ph.D. thesis students to have a concentrated exposure to research in radio astronomy, its instruments, or computational techniques under the supervision of an NRAO staff astronomer or engineer.

Student Observing Support Program

The NRAO maintains a program to support astronomical research by graduate and undergraduate students at U.S. universities and colleges. This program is intended to strengthen the proactive role of the Observatory in training new generations of scientists and telescope users.

WVU Senior Design Projects

The NRAO offers students in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University the opportunity to carry out their Senior Design Projects co-supervised by a member of the CSEE department and an NRAO Green Bank Staff Member.