Telescope Allocation Committee Assignment

Here is a (bookmarked!) PDF file containing all the proposals.

There will be two separate TACs;  each TAC will discuss proposals written by the PIs in the other TAC -- you will not discuss proposals written by your fellow TAC members.

The TAC assignments are as follows (the asterisk denotes the TAC Chairperson):

Williams* Masterson*
Kerby Loach
Starkman Carr
Parker Easton
Bush Whitesell
Llaneta Li

Each person will be assigned as a lead reviewer on two proposals, and a secondary reviewer on another five. Your written assignment is as follows:


  • Do not reveal to others which proposals you are primary reviewer on.
  • You cannot talk about the proposals with the author while you are reviewing (this is redundant with the rule above, but is worth spelling out explicitly!)
  • Your review will be shared with the author after the TAC process is complete, but your name will be redacted from your review.

  • On Thu Dec 7th, we will have the TAC discussion in class. Be sure to
    bring your reviews to class for use in the TAC (hardcopy or electronic on your laptop is fine). The TAC process works like this (for each TAC seperately):
    1. Triage stage: Based on the numerical scores, the three proposals with the lowest average numerical scores will be immediately eliminated from discussion.
    2. Discussion stage: Each of the four remaining proposals gets a ten minute discussion led by the primary reviewers, but involving all members of the TAC. After this discussion, each TAC member will privately grade the proposal on a scale from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor). You are allowed to change your score from your initial written review if you feel that is appropriate based on the discussion. Note that it is very important to keep to the timed schedule, and it's the TAC Chair's task to make sure that their TAC stays on schedule.
    3. Final scoring: At the end of the Discussion stage, each person will turn in their final ratings to me, the Chair of the Super TAC. At that point, I will average all the ratings for each proposal, and that average will be the proposal's final score. If there are any ties at that point, I will break the tie with my own evaluation. The top three proposals will be awarded prizes.

    General Guidelines for your reviews (particularly for the primary reviews):


    For course grade purposes, your written reviews will be graded based on the quality of your review and how well you follow those guidelines. However, your evaluation of the other proposals will not impact what grade I give to those proposals themselves.