2022 NRAO/GBO Summer Student Information

Who are the NRAO/GBO Summer Students?

The NRAO-CV summer students (and their mentors) are:

Student Mentor
Spencer Ireland Dana Balser
Jackson Taylor Scott Ransom
Samantha Adams Mark Lacy
Jonathan Letai Ilsang Yoon
Ramisa Rahman Allie Costa
Clive Binu Tony Beasley
Nathan Sparks Chris De Pree
Austen Fourkas Dary Ruiz
Simon Lowry John Tobin
Grace Krahm Remy Indebetouw, Molly Finn
Daniel Lopez-Sanders Tony Remijan
Zachary Gillis Jan-Willem Steeb
Elyse Incha Devaky Kunneriath, Loreto Barcos Munoz
MarĂ­a Renee Meza Fajardo Shane Davis and Alejandro Saravia
Jay Frothingham (CDL) Bill Shillue
Matthew Doerner (CDL) Steve Wunduke
Cheng Huang (CDL) Steve Wunduke
Preet Agnihotri (grad) Bill Cotton
Abigail Harden (grad) Eric Murphy
Mihika Rao (grad) Adele Plunkett
The GBO summer students are:

Student Mentor
Mary Rickel Emily Moravec
Corvus Koithan Pedro Salas
Elizabeth Lowe Thomas Chamberlin
Catalina Zamora Anika Schmiedeke
Alex Seidman Kasey Purcell
Lucy Steffes Jesse Bublitz
Amara Green Walter Klahold
Hugo Negrel Will Armentrout
The NRAO-NM summer students are:

Student Mentor
Morgan Himes Preshanth Jagannathan
Mitchell Hernandez Brian Svoboda
Naomi Fissehaye (virtual) Julia Blue Bird
Isaiah Beauchamp Pedro Beaklini
Bailee Wolfe Jay Blanchard
Trevor McCaffrey Amy Kimball
Kelly Sanderson (grad) Anna Kapinska
Stefania Belvedere (grad) Kumar Golap

Orientation Slides


  • May 30 - June 3 in Green Bank
  • Schedule: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CJSJHUfngan7zdprPjQxl8ksf2YavjQ_g2eE33Tlejk/edit?usp=sharing
  • Travel to GB will be done as a group from Charlottesville: May 30 departure, June 3 return
  • Dress code is "academic/casual", bring a sweatshirt, it can get cool. Bring close-toed shoes and comfortable walking attire.
  • No wifi or cell service in GB. Wired access to email will be available.
  • Contact Will/Jim if you have dietary restrictions or questions re: housing (bunkhouse)

Summer Lecture Series

We will have a weekly science lecture delivered by an NRAO/GBO staff member on Wednesday afternoons at 3:30 pm EDT (1:30 pm MDT). All students should attend. The lectures will be held in the following rooms at each site: GB-137 (Green Bank), SO-317 (Socorro), and CV-Auditorium (Charlottesville).

We will also have a number of invited outside speakers presenting a variety of topics for career development.


  • 08 June: Urvashi Rao Venkata (NM) "Radio Interferometry - Imaging" Video (mp4), Slides (pdf)
  • 15 June: Anna Kapinska (NM) "Radio sky surveys" Video (mp4), Slides (pdf)
  • 22 June: Brian Kent (CV) "Python, Data Visualisation, and Astronomy" Video (mp4), Slides and Examples
  • 29 June: Emily Moravec (GB) "Radio Active Galactic Nuclei in Galaxy Clusters" Video (mp4)
  • 06 July: Poonam Chandra (CV) "Energetics, Environment and Evolution of Extreme Explosions"
  • 13 July: Brian Svoboda (NM) "Star formation in the Milky Way"
  • 20 July: Ryan Loomis (CV) "Complex Chemistry During Planet Formation"
  • 27 July: Jay Lockman (GB) "The wind from the Galactic Center"


You will be set up with an NRAO/GBO computer account and access to NRAO/GBO computers and disk space. If you have problems or questions with computing, first try to resolve it with your fellow students or advisor or student coordinator.

IDL Usage Policies

Many summer students use IDL or GBTIDL, especially those working with GBT spectral line data. NRAO/GBO has plenty IDL floating licenses, but we do ask that you close down IDL sessions if you will not be using them in the next day.

The IDL policies for using licenses are described here: https://safe.nrao.edu/wiki/bin/view/GB/Observing/IdlUsagePolicy

Licenses currently bewing used are available here: http://leo.gb.nrao.edu/idl

End of Summer Presentation (Oral and Written)

Towards the end of the Summer (dates TBD), students will give a short (~15min) talk on their summer research to the scientific staff as part of the NRAO/GBO Summer Student Symposium.

Undergrad students and some grads will also write a report, which should be 4 pages minimum, outlining the summer research. Present your written report in PDF format to your local coordinator (Jim, Will, or Anna) by the end of August. You must hand in your written report on time to get financial support to attend the January AAS meeting (more info on that later).

NRAO/GBO Slack Channel

Staff at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and the Green Bank Observatory have an informal Slack account (nrao.slack.com), and we would like to invite all of our summer students and mentors to join!

Join the channel by following the link provided by Will Armentrout.

The Slack channel will not be used for formal announcements by summer student coordinators -- it's meant as a tool to help us build virtual community amongst the GBO/NRAO summer students and staff. You will automatically be added to the #students2022 and #general channels, but you should feel free to join other channels or create them as you see fit.

Since this is a free Slack account, only the 10,000 most recent messages are saved on the platform. If you have a conversation with your research mentor over Slack and want to keep some information, make sure to write it down elsewhere, too! You'll be able to stay on the Slack channel after you finish the summer student program. We hope it will be a useful networking tool as you continue your studies, prepare for graduate school, or look towards what's next!


Don't hesitate to ask your local student coordinators with any questions!
  • Jim Braatz (jbraatz at nrao dot edu)
  • Anna Kapinska (akapinska at nrao dot edu)
  • Will Armentrout (warmentr at nrao dot edu)
  • Danielle Rowland (drowland at nrao dot edu)

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