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The NRAO and GBO Welcome our 2020 Summer Students!

26 May 2020, 05:26 UTC
The NRAO and GBO Welcome our 2020 Summer Students!
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Every year, we partner with Green Bank Observatory to welcome more than 30 students from around the country into one of four summer research programs. These programs typically take place at one of our sites in Charlottesville, VA, Green Bank, WV, or Socorro, NM. Students from NRAO’s National Astronomy Consortium (NAC) program visit one of our sites, or those of our partners at Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), Princeton University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, or Michigan State University.

This year, COVID-19 has dramatically changed the landscape in which our students and mentors will experience summer research. The NRAO and GBO made the decision, after offers were sent to students, to honor our commitments and keep the summer research programs going. Our scientist-mentors have worked hard to create a robust, meaningful experience for the students. Undaunted by the challenges a virtual environment might bring, we are expecting to see some exciting, new ways to build community and share knowledge.

How do you make a virtual research collaboration relate to the experience of visiting one of the telescopes, when so much of what the students do depends upon seeing, up close, how the telescope works? Enter NRAO scientist and NAC mentor, Dr. ...

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