National Astronomy Consortium (NAC)

by / Friday, 02 December 2016 / Published in NSBP News

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 number of students from underrepresented groups and those otherwise overlooked by the traditional academic pipeline into STEM or STEM-related careers.  (Download Flyer)



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About the NAC

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  • Generous stipends and travel support for NAC students 
  • Students introduced to opportunities with NAC partners via GRADMAP & NAC visits/colloquia 
  • The NAC develops and maintains long term partnerships between minority and majority serving universities and institutions 
  • The cornerstone of the NAC program is career-long mentoring 
  • NAC students have opportunities to do research in STEM fields 
  • NAC students are introduced to education and research opportunities with NAC partners through visits and colloquia 
  • Summer internships include weekly NAC research meeting, professional development / mentoring meetings, and more! 
  • A cohort model is used to develop professional relationships and support systems 
  • In 2016, cohorts were located at NRAO-Charlottesville, NRAO-Socorro,  U. Wisconsin, and Space Telescope Science Institute 
  • Continued research over Fall semester at home institution, with faculty member and NAC mentor in preparation for AAS meeting 
  • Opportunity to present summer research poster at the winter AAS meeting 
  • The NAC experience is year-long, and includes monthly, virtual ‘hangouts’


Research Opportunities at World-Class Institutions, including:

Recruiting Manager/ National Astronomy Consortium Program Manager    princeton-logo       uwmadison-logo      stsi-logo



  • NOV 1, 2016-FEB 1, 2017 :   NAC applications accepted
  • MARCH-MAY, 2017 :  Student interviews take place, and cohorts are formed.
  • JUNE-AUGUST, 2017 :  8-12 week summer research
  • AUGUST or SEPTEMBER, 2017 :  NAC Workshop
  • FALL SEMESTER, 2017 :  Preparation for Winter AAS Meeting
  • JANUARY, 2018 :  AAS Meeting