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Helping Students Promote Inclusion in Astrophysics

Helping Students Promote Inclusion in Astrophysics

Rolling up your sleeves and putting research to work is a big part of the Longhorn experience. Our students don't just learn about helping people. They are out there making these ideas a reality.

And they need your help.

For three years, UT students and faculty members have been harnessing the power of the Longhorn Nation to fund projects with HornRaiser – the university's crowdfunding platform. HornRaiser gives donors a direct way to connect with specific projects on the Forty Acres. It allows students, faculty members and staffers to kick-start new projects and push existing ones to new heights. All donations are tax-deductible and are managed directly through The University of Texas at Austin. (We reported earlier this month on a HornRaiser project for computer science students, and thanks to your generosity that project has already met its initial goal.)

Now we're excited to introduce you to a coalition of astronomers and astrophysicists that believes "the best science gets done when we maximize the number of talented minds we can put together for a problem." The TAURUS program is a full-time, nine-week summer research experience in astronomy for highly motivated undergraduate students from underserved and traditionally marginalized groups.

TAURUS scholars come from across the country to UT Austin to work one-on-one with professional astronomers on an individual and unique research project. By giving them a hands-on professional scientific research experience, the program prepares TAURUS scholars to enter graduate school in top-rated astronomy and physics programs or to enter the STEM workforce after graduation.

The program is funded mostly by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), but not all costs related to the TAURUS program are covered. Find out how you can help fund a TAURUS scholar's travel, room and board.

And be sure to watch the video about the project, and read faculty director Caitlin Casey in ​Scientific American ​this week on the topic of Promoting Inclusion in STEM, One Astrophysics Research Project at a Time.

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