The March 2000 proposal round was, for many people, the first scientific interaction with the NOAO's US Gemini Program and the International Gemini Observatory. NOAO received 78 proposals for observations with the Gemini North telescope during the 2000B semester (see "2000B Observing Request Statistics" in the Observational Programs section). The NOAO proposal system was heavily modified to accommodate the special requirements for Gemini proposals, which resulted in investigators also needing to navigate between the proposal documentation offered by NOAO and the instrument and telescope documentation offered by IGPO. Help for investigators was available both directly from NOAO staff and through the Gemini HelpDesk offered by IGPO.
Since the 2001A semester proposal round will be upon us soon, we request your input on what we can do to make your life easier the next time around. What can we do better, and what changes are needed to make the process work more smoothly for you, the users? What problems did you encounter, and were you able to find help to solve them? Please send your comments and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.