ACEAP 2017 Application

ALL applications MUST be submitted by 11:59 PM (your local time) on Sunday, February 19, 2017. Extensions will not be granted.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
We are in the process of seeking the necessary funds to continue ACEAP, however to date funding has not yet been secured for ACEAP 2017, and it is unlikely we will have confirmation until February 2017 or later. The ACEAP Leadership Team is committed to exploring avenues to keep the program going, and we believe the success of ACEAP 2015/2016 significantly increase the likelihood of continued funding from NSF, but there are no guarantees. ACEAP 2017 may not take place at all, or may be altered significantly from ACEAP 2016/15. With this understanding, we are opening the application process for ACEAP 2017. Please keep this uncertainty in mind as you consider applying to the program. As soon as we have any news on future funding, we will share it with the community.

ALL applications MUST be submitted online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ACEAP2017.

You may NOT email or snail mail your application. THANK YOU!

Welcome to the 2017 Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP) Application. We are excited that you have decided to apply for the program, and we look forward to reviewing the information you provide.

We encourage you to print out the application and review the questions, and take your time to prepare your thoughtful responses. Once you have completed your responses, return to the online application and copy/paste your responses into the appropriate fields.

NOTE: Please pay close attention to the character limits that have been placed on responses. You may NOT exceed the maximum number of characters permitted for any response. Pay particular attention when you copy and paste, to make sure your entire response has been entered into the space allowed.

ALL applications MUST be submitted by 11:59 PM (your local time) on Sunday, February 19, 2017. Extensions will not be granted.

Please direct questions to Tim Spuck at tspuck@aui.edu AND Mary Mayo at mmayo@nrao.edu.

Website - https://public.nrao.edu/look-deeper/aceap/about-aceap

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AstronomyAmbassadorsProgram

NOTE: Visit us on Facebook to see what happened last year, and learn about the outreach activities the 2015 and 2016 Ambassadors have conducted.

* 1. Please provide the following contact information.

* 2. Please identify your gender (NOTE: This question is optional. You may skip this question.)

* 3. Please describe your race/ethnicity. (NOTE: This question is optional. You may skip this question.)

* 4. Please provide links to each of the following. If you do not have one or more of the items listed below, please leave those boxes blank.

* 5. Please provide links to any other social media activities/sites you manage (examples: G+, Reddit, Tumblr, etc.):

* 6. Do you teach in a formal education setting? (examples: K-12, college, etc.)

If yes, please provide name of institution, and the grades and subjects/courses you are currently teaching.

* 7. Are you actively involved in informal science education, either professionally or on a volunteer basis? (examples: planetarium, science center, professional organization, public lectures, civic or other informal science, technology, engineering, mathematics center)

If yes, please provide name of the facility and a brief description of your duties.

* 8. Are you an amateur astronomer?

If yes, please provide name of the amateur astronomy organization(s) of which you are a member (if any). You need not be a member of an official organization to apply to ACEAP.

* 9. Approximately how many years have you been engaged in astronomy education/public outreach activities?

* 10. List the face-to-face astronomy outreach activities you have conducted in the past five years that you believe have had the greatest impact..

You may list no more than 10 activities. If you have completed fewer than 10, please list all that you have completed.

Include the title and location of each event, date, audience (e.g., teachers, elementary school students, general public, etc.) and the number of people that attended.

* 11. List the astronomy-related articles you have had published in the past five years that you believe have had the greatest impact. These could be articles published in your local astronomy club newsletter, blogs, general and science magazines, online journals, etc.

You may list no more than 10 articles. If you have published fewer than 10, please list all that you have published.

Please provide the title of the article, date published, co-authors (if applicable), URL link (if available) and publication name.


* 12. List any astronomy related multi-media products you have developed over the past five years. Products may include, but are not limited to, videos, podcasts, websites, brochures, etc. that you believe have had the greatest impact.

You may list no more than 10 products. If you have produced fewer than 10 products, please list all that you have produced.

Please provide the title of the multi-media product, date released, and web link to the product.

* 13. List any astronomy related media relations activities you have conducted in the past five years that you believe have had the greatest impact. This may include writing news releases, conducting media interviews, or press conference participation.

You may list no more than 10 activities. If you have completed fewer than 10 activities, please list all that you have completed.

Briefly explain the activity and its potential reach/impact.

* 14. One of the primary goals of the ACEAP program is to "get the word out" across the United States and its territories about U.S. astronomy initiatives in Chile. How would you use your experience as an ACEAP Ambassador to achieve this goal and what specific outreach activities would you engage in as part of the program?

Please provide as much detail as possible, but limit your response to NO MORE than 1800 characters including spaces (Approximately 300 words).

* 15. How will you ensure that your outreach activities will reach traditionally underrepresented populations?

NOTE: Women/girls, persons with disabilities, and three racial/ethnic groups - blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians - are considered underrepresented in science and engineering by NSF because they constitute smaller percentages of science and engineering degree recipients and of employed scientists and engineers than they do of the population. Also, those who live in poverty are significantly disadvantaged, and may be considered underrepresented. (http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/wmpd/2013/pdf/nsf13304_digest.pdf)

Please provide as much detail as possible, but limit your response to NO MORE than 1500 characters including spaces (Approximately 250 words).

* 16. What do you, either personally or professionally, hope to gain from the ACEAP experience?

Please provide as much detail as possible, but limit your response to NO MORE than 900 characters including spaces (Approximately 150 words).

* 17. Please tell us anything additional about yourself that make you an ideal candidate for the ACEAP program.

Please provide as much detail as possible, but limit your response to NO MORE than 1800 characters including spaces (Approximately 300 words).

* 18. Please provide the names and email addresses of three professional and/or personal references that we may contact.

PLEASE note that your references may or may not be contacted.

* 19. Please note your response to this question is OPTIONAL. Responses will have absolutely no impact on selection of candidates for the ACEAP 2016 program. The reviewers will not see your response to this question.

This question is being asked in an effort to explore potential sustainability models, and/or expansion of the program.

It is estimated that the total cost of this type of an experience (including roundtrip travel from the US to Chile and all travel, lodging. meals within Chile, program support costs, etc.) is approximately $6000 per person. If you were offered this same experience would you pay $6,000 for it?

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