Research Science and Education: The NSF’s Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dara Norman, Marcel Agueros, Timothy M. Brown, Matthew Browning, Sukanya Chakrabarti, Bethany Cobb, Kim Coble, Christopher Conselice, Kelle Cruz, Laura Danly, Peter M. Frinchaboy, Eric Gawiser, Joseph Gelfand, Anthony Gonzalez, Jennifer L. Hoffman, Dragan Huterer, John Johnson, Roberta M. Johnson, Sheila Kannappan, Rachel Kuzio de NarayDavid Lai, Douglas C. Leonard, Makenzi Lystrup, Sera Markoff, Karin Menendez-Delmestre, Stephan Muchovej, M. Virginia McSwain, Katherine Rhode, Tammy Smecker-Hane, Malcolm Smith, Jennifer Sokoloski, Kim-Vy Tran

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The NSF's Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship (AAPF) is exceptional among the available postdoctoral awards in Astronomy and Astrophysics. The fellowship is one of the few that allows postdoctoral researchers to pursue an original research program, of their own design, at the U.S. institution of their choice. However, what makes this fellowship truly unique is the ability of Fellows to lead an equally challenging, original educational program simultaneously. The legacy of this singular fellowship has been to encourage and advance leaders in the field who are equally as passionate about their own research as they are about sharing that research and their passion for astronomy with students and the public. In this positional paper we address the importance of fellowships like the AAPF to the astronomical profession by identifying the science and educational contributions that Fellows have made to the community. Further, we recommend that fellowships that encourage leading postdoctoral researchers to also become leaders in Astronomy education be continued and expanded.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAstro2010: The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey, Position Papers, no. 41
StatePublished - 2010


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