Application for TMT Workshop

Santa Cruz, California — August 22-29, 2017

Preparing TMT Future Science and Technology Leaders:

An Annual Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers

The Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory is hosting an 8-day workshop at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), starting the morning of Tuesday, August 22 through Tuesday, August 29. The workshop will include talks by TMT leaders on topics such as project management, hands-on activities to engage in authentic engineering practices and instrument design strategies, and multiple activities to gain experience with teamwork and collaboration. UCSC is the headquarters site of the University of California Observatories. The campus hosts multiple lab facilities supporting astronomical instrumentation, as well as scientists and engineers helping to define science requirements and instrument concepts for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). The workshop will include tours to Lick Observatory and the UCSC Laboratory for Adaptive Optics. We are looking for astronomy and engineering graduate students and post-doctoral researchers who are able to come to UCSC for the entirety of the workshop and are interested in helping us shape our international training program for scientists and engineers in the TMT collaboration.

Priority application deadline:

First consideration will be made for applications submitted by 23:00 UT (16:00 Pacific Time) on FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017.

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  12. We will gladly consider applications from individuals holding Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate degrees.
  13. Affiliation with the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory
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  18. Participation in the 2016 workshop is not required -- we are looking for a mix of new and returning participants in 2017.
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  20. Workshop activities including tours will take place every day from Aug. 22-29, except for Sunday, August 27, which will be a free day for participants. Participants will be expected to attend all workshop sessions.
  21. Research Advisor -- After we receive your application, we will contact the advisor you name below for a very brief recommendation and some supplemental information to help us in the selection process. Please list your research advisor if you are a graduate student. Otherwise, please name someone currently serving as a supervisor or mentor for your career.
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  24. Funding availability and request for travel support -- TMT International Observatory will be able to fund a limited number of participants' lodging, food, and ground transportation in Santa Cruz, California. Transportation funds are greatly limited and applicants with funding for their own airfare will be given a higher priority if necessary. Please indicate the level of funding you are able to provide for yourself and if you are requesting funding for roundtrip airfare. The closest airports to Santa Cruz are San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC). The approximate total cost for lodging and food is $1100 (US dollars).
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  26. What airport will you be departing from and returning to before and after the workshop? Please use 3-letter airport code, e.g. PEK for Beijing Capital International Airport. This information will help us manage travel funds.
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  29. English Proficiency -- The workshop will be conducted entirely in English, and we will encourage international collaboration in English. While fluency in every aspect of English is not required, we want to make sure that participants are able to fully participate in the workshop and be able to gain as much as possible from speakers and peers.
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