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The National Astronomy Consortium (NAC)

The goal of the National Astronomy Consortium (NAC) is to broaden participation in STEM by students from underrepresented and underserved communities. The NAC program offers research and training experiences in fields related to the operation of an astronomy observatory (e.g., science, data management and analysis, and engineering). NAC students are hosted by five organizations: the NRAO, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), Princeton University, University of Wisconsin-Madison (UWM), and Michigan State University (MSU).   

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Figure 1: A representation of the NAC program. This image was created with CoPilot.

Project Components

NAC Alums - Close communication is maintained with undergraduate and graduate alums

NAC Grad Fellows - The NAC Fellows program engages NAC Grad alums in the development and maintenance of the NAC program by providing opportunities to further develop and support NAC, ODI, and RADIAL programmatic activities.

Annual NAC Meeting - Each year, the NRAO hosts a blended-format NAC meeting (virtual and in-person) that features the research conducted by the year’s summer cohort and NAC alums.


This initiative is funded by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). You can learn more about ODI here