PUNCH has instituted a program to recognize and encourage early-career scientists working with the Science
Team on problems that support and enhance PUNCH mission science. PUNCH Associate Investigators (AIs) pursue
science projects with mentorship from PUNCH co-I(s), attend team meetings, participate in PUNCH working
group activities, and present at PUNCH science meetings. They act as liaisons, communicating PUNCH science
to the broader community and community needs back to the project. In this way, they help grow the PUNCH
user base, and also benefit from the career-enriching experience of being embedded in a NASA mission at
an early stage of their careers.