Telescope Allocation Committee Assignment

There will be two separate TACs;  each TAC will discuss proposals written by the Primary Investigators (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):


Proposal Review

On Apr 9th, you will receive 5 proposals to review. Each person will be assigned as a primary reviewer on two of the proposals, and a secondary reviewer on a third. Your written assignment is as follows:

  • Do not reveal to others which proposals you are primary or secondary reviewer on.
  • Do not talk with others about the proposals you are reviewing.
  • Your reviews will be shared with the proposal authors after the TAC process is complete, but your name will be redacted from your review.

  • TAC Meeting
    On Wed Apr 24th, 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. Discussion stage: Each of the 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.
    2. Final scoring: At the end of the Discussion stage, each person will turn in to me their final ratings for all proposals that their TAC reviewed. 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 by considering feasibility and likelihood of success (as detailed by the exposure time calculators). The top three proposals will be awarded prizes.

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

    TAC Assignment Grading:

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