Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association Astronomy Research Student Selected as a Delegate for the Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum

NEWS August 31, 2016
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Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association Astronomy Research Student Selected as a Delegate for the Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum


Nantucket, MA

The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (NMMA) is excited to announce and congratulate one of its own National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) sponsored astronomy interns, Tanveer Karim, for being selected as a delegate for the prestigious Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum. Tanveer, who attends the University of Rochester, is one of thirty-one students, and one of the ten undergraduate students, selected out of over 600 students who applied. Tanveer spent this summer working as one of six NSF-REU students at the NMMA where he conducted research on gaseous outflows from the Milky Way Galaxy. In addition to his research, he worked at the Loines Observatory Public Open Nights, where he led visitors on constellation tours of Nantucket’s night skies.

The Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum is a student-led forum that is dedicated to bringing American and Russian students together for research in science, business, economics and other policies in order to promote collaboration and dialogue between students from the two countries. The goal of this forum is to come up with ideas that will help solve real world problems pertaining to the relation between the U.S. and Russia. Delegates of the Forum write policy proposals and white papers that are distributed among individuals and organizations who influence U.S.-Russia relations. The delegates will attend two conferences, one in Moscow and the other one in Stanford, to discuss their work with leading experts in policymaking, academia, and other fields. Past speakers have included Condoleezza Rice, the 66th U.S. Secretary of State, Arkady Dvorkovich, the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, and other renowned world experts.

As part of the Forum, Tanveer will be a delegate for the Science, Engineering, and Technology Collaboration working group. He, along with his working group, will identify an issue that is related to scientific collaboration between the U.S. and Russia and find possible solutions. He will be attending the conference in Moscow in November to present the initial findings of his investigation.

The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association is named after America’s first female astronomer, Maria Mitchell.  She is known for discovering a comet over Nantucket in October 1847.  She went on to become the first professor hired by Vassar College. The NMMA was founded in 1902 to preserve her legacy of scientific achievement and to carry on her passion for hands-on learning. Today, the NMMA operates two observatories (Loines and the Maria Mitchell Observatory), as well as the NMMA Aquarium, the Hinchman House Natural Science Museum, and the birthplace of Maria Mitchell.  More information about the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association can be found at