INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROPOSING FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE LSST AGN SCIENCE COLLABORATION
Membership in the LSST AGN Science Collaboration implies a commitment to
work toward the common scientific goals of the collaboration. Although
membership does not necessarily imply any immediate and direct
scientific benefits compared to members of the general community, it
affords one the opportunity to be involved directly in the core projects
undertaken by the Science Collaboration. The Science Collaboration also
provides a natural route for giving feedback to the LSST Project about
issues related to AGN science; e.g., the best choices of observing
cadence, observational depths in the LSST bands, choices for Deep
Drilling Fields, and data-processing needs.
When proposing for membership in the LSST AGN Science Collaboration, please
structure your proposal following the points below. This will let the
application screening committee consider your proposal properly. The total
length of the proposal should be 4-4.5 pages or less. Note that proposals
will be judged competitively, so a high-quality and compelling proposal is
in your best interest.
The application screening committee is currently made up of five members
of the LSST AGN Science Collaboration.
Note that proposals are currently invited from the following:
* All scientists employed or studying at institutions in countries with
LSST data rights (e.g., USA, Chile).
* Any individuals specifically listed in signed Memoranda of Agreement
with the LSST Corporation.
* Scientists employed by the LSST Project.
* Members of institutions that have explicit data-rights agreements
with the LSST, such as IN2P3.
Please send your membership proposal to Niel Brandt (Penn State;
email@example.com) and Michael Strauss (Princeton;
firstname.lastname@example.org). They will circulate it to the application
screening committee for review.
The LSST Science Book, mentioned below, is available at
Requested structure for membership proposals:
A. Statement of name, title, institution, and main research
achievements on AGNs.
(SUGGESTED LENGTH: ABOUT 0.5 PAGES)
B. Statement that the applicant is an approved LSST Consortium member,
and will not be leaving the consortium in the immediate future.
Explanation of any relevant details.
(ABOUT 1-5 SENTENCES)
C. Statement of current LSST experience, if any.
(ABOUT 0.5 PAGES OR LESS)
D. Statement of main LSST science interests relevant to AGNs, and
explanation for why this science will still be compelling at the
start of LSST operations. It will be helpful to relate these science
interests to Chapter 10 of the LSST Science Book, to the extent
sensibly possible (projects that entirely go beyond the ideas in
the Science Book are certainly most welcome also). It will also
be helpful to relate these science interests to those of other
members of the AGN Science Collaboration, and/or to relate them to
the documents under the "Documents" tab at
The statement should highlight what skills and resources the
applicant will bring to the AGN Science Collaboration. Note the
AGN Science Collaboration aims to be a *working* group rather than
just an interest group; members are supposed to work together
and share resources to achieve more than they could just doing
their own personal projects independently.
(ABOUT 0.5-1 PAGES)
E. Statement of main planned LSST research activities over the next
3-5 years, including a clear and well-defined statement of planned
time/resource commitment over this period. The proposal MUST make
specific references to the AGN Science Collaboration roadmap document
available via the "Documents" tab. The proposal must identify which
parts of the roadmap the proposer will contribute to and describe
explicitly how the proposed work will make these contributions
(suggested additions to the roadmap document are also welcome).
Also, in this please comment if you will be able to "take shifts"
representing the AGN Science Collaboration in working meetings,
conference poster presentations, conference talk presentations, etc.
Or comment on other ways you will constructively help the AGN Science
Collaboration. Note that the AGN Science Collaboration does not
have any funding to support such activities, so these will likely
need to be covered at your own expense.
(ABOUT 0.5-1 PAGES)
F. Statement of any other expected LSST contributions; e.g., outreach,
other science areas, management, software.
(ABOUT 0.5 PAGES OR LESS)
G. Any further relevant information the applicant would like to
(LENGTH AS DESIRED)