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A Graduate Student in Residence (1Dec95) (from KPNO, NOAO Newsletter No. 44, December 1995) In the March 1995 NOAO Newsletter, KPNO invited thesis students to participate in and assist with Observatory related tasks while making an extended visit to Kitt Peak. KPNO is able to support travel expenses and room and board on the mountain for a limited number of students each semester who wish to gain experience in hands-on observing with optical telescopes. Lewis Jones (University of North Carolina) has just completed a visit, and here is his report: "Greetings to my fellow graduate students. I have recently returned from a month at Kitt Peak as an intern in what is now being called the "Graduate Student in Residence" program. Spending virtually all of my time on the mountain, I was able to become involved in a variety of both daytime and nighttime activities. I was involved in the realuminization of the 0.9-m, instrument changes at the 2.1-m and 4-m telescopes, and commissioning the WIYN, as well as serving in the role of general mountain help. With previous observing experience I also had the opportunity to take responsibility for some observer support and general troubleshooting at the telescopes. My experiences at Kitt Peak were educational, enjoyable, and most certainly useful. The understanding staff, the valuable practical experience, and the generous amount of time I had for my own work made it an all around pleasure. I strongly recommend this opportunity to all graduate students." Other students who wish to participate in this program should send requests via e-mail to paterson@noao.edu, and we will see if we can fit you in. Sidney C. Wolff
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