Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Latino Initiative Program (SAO/LIP)





I would say that my SAO/LIP internship was definitely beneficial. The skills I learned at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center were the most important skills I gained period - from any class or internship. -- Nicholas Baeza Hochmuth

The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Latino Initiatives Program (SAO/LIP) is a year-long internship program for talented undergraduate science majors who participate in the Urban Massachusetts Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Programs located on the campuses of the University of Massachusetts. Partnering with the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) since 2015, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) provides both a summer and academic-year internship experience for 3-5 students annually. With generous start-up support from the Smithsonian Latino Initiative Pool and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) at the University of Massachusetts, the Program sponsors seminars and outreach activities that raise awareness about the journeys, accomplishments, and ambitions of Latinos and other underrepresented communities within physics and astronomy. SAO/LIP has welcomed undergraduate majors in physics, computer science, chemistry, biology, and engineering, which is reflective of the ever increasing interdisciplinary nature of science.



This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1745460. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.