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The NRAO National and International Non-traditional Exchange (NINE) Program

The goal of the NRAO National and International Non-traditional Exchange (NINE) Program is to create NINE Hubs in historically marginalized and currently underserved communities, both in the US and around the world, where there is active interest in radio/astronomy but limited or no access to radio astronomy-related resources and networks. The NRAO selects two high-potential US and / or international students and / or young professionals from institutions of higher education (IHEs) in these communities to visit NRAO facilities and complete a 10-week intensive training program in radio astronomy knowledge / skills and project management and, upon returning to their home organization, to establish a NINE Hub and take on the role of a NINE trainer in their field of experience and the skills learnt during the program. NINE Hubs worldwide form a network of mutual support and collaboration to more effectively include and train students and professionals across the network and beyond. NINE Hubs can be found in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, South Africa, Texas Tech University, Trinidad/Tobago, and the US Virgin Islands with Hubs in Panama and Puerto Rico coming in 2024! 

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Figure 1: A representation of NINE. Image created with CoPilot.

Project Components

NINE Prospects - The NRAO selects two high-potential US and / or international students and / or young professionals from IHEs in historically marginalized and currently underserved communities to visit NRAO facilities and complete a 10-week intensive training program in radio astronomy knowledge / skills and project management. Upon returning to their home organization, participants are required to establish a NINE Hub and take on the role of a NINE trainer in their field of experience and the skills learnt during the program for a minimum of one year.

Current NINE Cohort - Participants selected for the 2024 NINE Program are Camila Vega Herazo (Colombia / Puerto Rico) and Daniela Vargas Cruz (Panama). Camila is currently working towards her Masters in Education focusing on social justice in education at the UNiversity of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, while Daniela is a senior working towards her Bachelors in Physics at the University of Panama.

 

The NINE Program is funded by the NRAO with generous in-kind support from the NINE Hub leads and their respective home institutions.