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3 Mar 2020, 15:48 UTC
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The NRAO NINE (National and International Non-traditional Exchange) program and Office of Diversity and Inclusion aim to train students and broaden participation via short programs in radio astronomy, data mining, and computing. The outcome is to prepare each NINE participant to take on the role of a trainer/mentor and establish a NINE hub at their home institution. Heather Harbin from the Texas Tech University writes about her NINE internship in the summer of 2019.

I was interested in the NINE Program, in particular, because it was unique among the many internships I applied for. The program offered several opportunities to develop professional and technical skills, giving me the foundation to make a broader impact using radio astronomy data at my home institution. By spending the summer with scientists and astronomers at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in the NINE Program, I became directly involved in the development and improvement of the Astrophysics program at Texas Tech. This was truly an honor for me.

The NINE program focuses its training in three distinct areas: learning the basics of radio astronomy, how to process radio data using basic coding methods, and project management skills. My background is physics and math, so ...

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