In 2009, the NRAO will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the NRAO Summer Student Research Program. Since its inception in 1959, this program has engaged nearly 1,000 young people in scientific research, and many NRAO summer students have gone on to distinguished careers in astronomy and other physical sciences. The list of former NRAO summer students includes women and men who represent a wide range of career stages, research interests, geographic locations, and ethnic backgrounds.
To mark this anniversary, we will feature the stories of former NRAO summer students, periodically adding new people and stories throughout 2009. Our goal is to convey the diversity of careers and experiences that NRAO summer students have enjoyed. We hope that prospective students will be able to connect their ambitions to the achievements of NRAO summer student alumni. We also seek to humanize radio astronomy and help the public better understand the people and paths of those who choose a science career.