NSBP/NRAO Workshop for HBCUs

The National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) are organizing a workshop for HBCUs at Howard University in Washington, DC to provide new opportunities for faculty and students in radio-astronomy as part of a new partnership.

September 27 and 28, 2013


One of NRAO's mission goals is to help build the next generation of scientists and engineers.  We recognize the national need for improving the participation of students from under-represented communities in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines. NRAO is keen to help build a national (and international) pipeline for STEM careers.  While NRAO has already several ongoing programs to address these aforementioned goal, a new partnership with NSBP was created this summer to further these initiatives, and the joint workshop with the National Society of Black Physicists and Howard University in Washington DC on September 27-28 is the first event under this partnership.

A primary goal of this collaboration is to increase the number of  men and women undergraduates of color that will consider STEM careers  --  NSBP & NRAO want to provide students with summer research experiences at NRAO and discuss  cooperative opportunities in engineering, computing and perhaps science policy and EPO fields. At this workshop we will also discuss research opportunities for the students at their home HBCUs, resources and challenges at the HBCUs and future graduate education opportunities with partner universities such as University of Virginia, Maryland and Ohio State.

  1. All expenses are covered.
  2. Even if you are not offering astronomy/astrophysics courses at your university, you can participate since all existing research can be beneficial to this field.
  3. There will also be discussion for future funding at your institution through this partnership (for national & international activities).
  4. Please send to Paul Gueye (paul.gueye@hamptonu.edu) and mention if you could participate (faculty & students). The registration will be up in a week or so.