Grant: Support of Diverse Participation in the 2023 HamSCI Workshop

Date: November 2022
Amount: $25,245

Since 2018, the HamSCI Workshop has been held annually and brings together the amateur radio and space science communities. This workshop has been instrumental in several projects, including the HamSCI Personal Space Weather Station Project, studies of the effects of solar eclipses on the ionosphere, impacts of traveling ionospheric disturbances on high frequency amateur radio propagation, and many other projects. The workshop brings together many young student researchers and experienced scientists, engineers, and radio amateurs. The attendees give oral presentations, poster presentations, and equipment demonstrations, as well as network with other attendees. The 2022 Workshop will be a hybrid event, with attendees participating in person and via Zoom. The Workshop will also be live-streamed by the Ham Radio 2.0 YouTube channel to ensure broadest accessibility.

The goal of this grant is to increase participation in workshop, especially from students and underrepresented groups. The HamSCI Workshop is committed to diversity and equity, and has a track record of incorporating and inviting speakers and participants from underrepresented groups in science and engineering (e.g., underrepresented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities). This includes support for middle, high school, college, and graduate students, people from underrepresented groups, and active members of the local amateur radio community. Support may also be given to parents/guardians of minors when needed to allow for youth participation, as well as active members of the local amateur radio community who will contribute to the conference. Grant funds are expected to support at least 10 local participants and 15 non-local participants. Local participant support covers registration costs, which covers all meals and refreshments. Non-local participant support includes workshop registration, travel (airfare and ground), lodging, and GSA rate per diem for travel days.

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