PING 2014 Program Description

"Physicists Inspiring the Next Generation (PING) 2014: Exploring the Cosmos with NRAO" is a collaboration between the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), and Associated Universities Inc. (AUI).  The program supports two White House initiatives, My Brother's Keeper which is working to address the education needs of young men of color, and a second effort to promote interest in science among girls.  PING 2014: Exploring the Cosmos with NRAO focuses on multiple levels of the physics and astronomy pipeline, and includes a two week summer program designed to expose middle school students to the fields of physics and astronomy, and an eight week program designed to cultivate interest in radio astronomy research in undergraduate students.

Undergraduate Program


The undergraduate students selected for the program, will begin an "REU like" experience at NRAO in Green Bank around June 2, 2014 and will end their experience around August 1. As part of this program the undergraduates will serve as instructors and mentors for middle school students during the 2-week summer camp. In addition to the summer camp, undergraduates will be partnered with an astronomer or engineer at the Green Bank facility where they will engage in various cutting edge research for the remainder of the 8-week experience.


Undergraduates selected to participate in the program will be receive a weekly stipend of $670 per week. The amount for travel reimbursement has not yet been determined.  The application can be found at the link below.


Undergraduate Student Application (closed)

Eighth Grade Program


Participating middle school students will spend two days in the physics labs at Hampton University and Norfolk State University, and a day at the Jefferson Lab.  These experiences will be followed by a week-long camp at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, WV.

Eighth Grade Student Application (closed)