The National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) in conjunction with the Simons Observatory (SO) Flatiron Institute Center for Computational Astrophysics has developed the Simons-NSBP Scholars Program (SNSP). This program is a summer program for NSBP student members that are rising seniors in their undergraduate field of study or masters degree students. For the year 2020, the program lasted between July 1 and August 21.
Each SNSP Scholar worked on a Cosmology or Astrophysics computational project in conjunction with a SO researcher that served as a mentor. The research project given to each scholar connected with the mentors' overall research. Scholars were matched based on their interests, background, and projects available. The Scholars were expected to work on this project for 30 hours per week, the projects lasted between 6 and 8 weeks, and each scholar was expected to presented on their research at the end of the program. Two graduate students, Deliah Gates from Harvard University and Jahmour Givans from Ohio State University, served as graduate fellows to support and inspire the students as well as act as a liasion between the students and their professional mentors.
In addition to their research project, the Scholars participated in a number of activities that are meant to give them a holistic experience that is maximally beneficial for their overall development as a professional scientist.
- Cosmology Crash Course - This is a three-component course meant to introduce you to the field of cosmology, build rudimentary python skills, and show how your project connects with the greater work of the Simons Observatory (SO). The Cosmology Crash Course introduces the Scholars to the field of cosmology, with a focus on data analysis of the Cosmic Microwave Background, by way of programming in python
- Social Hours - a weekly program on Friday afternoons where everyone gets together for non-work activities. Some weeks only Scholars and Associates attend, Some weeks Scholars and Associates are joined by other SO scientists. Social hour activites include, for example, open mic nights and jackbox online gaming.
- Professional Development Series - a weekly program on Wednesday afternoons where we discuss tips for getting into your top grad school, or securing your desired job. Topics included preparing graduate school applications, scientific speaking, how to be successful as a scientist.
- Speaker Series - a weekly program on Tuesday afternoons where a different scientist discusses their work and their experiences. The Speaker Series has welcomed 7 different scientists to talk about their research work.