This is the fifth student workshop organized with the aim of teaching the new generation of scientists how to request and analyze incoherent scatter radar (ISR) experiments. All students will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with experienced scientists. The workshop will be structured to provide presentations in the morning, and hands-on experience in experiment design and analysis in the afternoons. The morning lectures will include an introduction to the theory of incoherent scatter, radar operations, ISR analysis techniques, and the Madrigal data base. The afternoon exercises will involve working closely with ISR facility staff in the topic areas of: proposal design, experiment execution, and data analysis.

This workshop is suitable for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. It is sponsored by the US National Science Foundation through its Geospace Facilities Program within the Geosciences Directorate and hosted in partnership with the Canadian RISR-C team.

Attendance is limited to 30 students. For most students within the U.S. and Canada, travel, housing and meals will be provided. For post-docs and students outside of the U.S. and Canada, funding will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Providing there is space, professors and other professionals are welcome to observe. Please contact Anthea Coster or Elizabeth Kendall if you are interested in this option.

The deadline for application submission is 15 March 2012. Please see ( for more information.

Anthea J. Coster, PhD
MIT Haystack Observatory
Off Route 40
Westford, MA 01886-1299

phone: 781-981-5753
fax: 781-981-5766
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