[ASA] Call for ExoExplorers and ExoGuides - Australians welcome

Christiansen, Jessie L. christia at ipac.caltech.edu
Wed Sep 1 05:44:44 AEST 2021

Hi everyone

NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program Office and the ExoPAG Executive Committee are soliciting applications for the second cohort of ExoExplorers and ExoGuides. This coming round is open to Australians (and other international applicants), so I am forwarding on the announcement in the hopes that some of you will apply! Please let me know if you have any questions.



The ExoExplorers program, sponsored by NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program Office and the ExoPAG Executive Committee, will focus on the professional development of ~12 graduate student and/or postdoc researchers (“ExoExplorers”) by raising their visibility in the exoplanet community via a series of open webinars, helping them build internal and external research networks, and providing them with an opportunity to learn from the experiences of senior exoplanet astronomers, or “ExoGuides.”

For more details on the program, see: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/8Gz9CL7EwMfRJX3NAtBICLS?domain=exoplanets.nasa.gov

Questions on either call? Please see our FAQ page:

(1) Call for ExoGuide nominations

Additional details for the ExoGuides call can be found at:https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/fEeLCNLJyQU0296VAcjqHsj?domain=exoplanets.nasa.gov

As an ExoGuide, we ask that you present one hour-long seminar directly to the cohort that speaks to your experiences as a scientist, and that you participate in one hour-long informal discussion with the cohort. The ExoExplorer organizers are eager to showcase broad, diverse perspectives and therefore encourage you to suggest any topic you might find engaging to the exoplanet community.

ExoGuides should be faculty, staff, or equivalent career stage. We welcome both exoplanet and exoplanet-adjacent scientists (e.g., disks, stars) from any institution (US and international). Nominations should be submitted via this form by September 10, 2021: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/i-u6COMKzVTp6wO5Jsr0H7H?domain=forms.gle. Self-nominations are welcome. The organizers will review nominations and reach out to potential ExoGuides in October and November.

(2) Call for ExoExplorer applications

Additional details for the ExoExplorers call can be found at:https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/gqM0CP7LAXfK7Z6vOF6DMLY?domain=exoplanets.nasa.gov

Postdocs and graduate students at US and international1 institutions are invited to participate in the second Exoplanet Explorers (ExoExplorers) Science Series. Members of this cohort, which will run from January 2022 to June 2022, will each present a seminar on their research to the larger exoplanet community. Each of the ExoExplorers will receive $1,000 for the purchase of one presentation of their research results, presented as a part of the Science Series2.

In addition, the ExoExplorers will be invited to participate in:

1. Weekly interactions between members of the cohort
2. Monthly informal group discussions with prominent scientists (“ExoGuides”) in the fields of exoplanet science and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA), and individual conversations with other researchers
3. One to two professional development training sessions on topics to be decided by the cohort, such as proposal writing, building inclusive collaborations, and public speaking
4. The development and/or execution of cohort-driven activities pertaining to DEIA.

The activities described above will largely be shaped by the unique interests and needs of the cohort. Therefore, we seek applicants who are actively seeking to enrich and enhance their exoplanet science and DEIA in the broader exoplanet community via engaging with each other, as well as with the mentors. Application instructions can be found on the ExoExplorer page, linked above. Applications are due September 23, 2021.

-- The ExoExplorer steering and organizing committees

1 NASA places restrictions on interactions with several countries: Iran, Syria, North Korea, and China. If you are a citizen of one of these countries or are currently employed by an institution in one of these countries, please contact exoexplorers_questions at jpl.nasa.gov<mailto:exoexplorers_questions at jpl.nasa.gov> for guidance.

2 At this time, we are uncertain whether payment to participants from non-US institutions will be possible. We are investigating payment options, and will post updates to the website and the announcements list as available.

Jessie Christiansen (she/hers) | Scientist | Caltech/IPAC
Mail Code MR-100 | Pasadena CA 91125

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