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Summer Visit - 2011 - BRC team

The summer visit to Caltech is 3-4 days long and is the only time during the year of work when all the participants on the team come together in person to work intensively on the data. Generally, each educator may bring up to two students to the summer visit that are paid for by NITARP, and they may raise funds to bring two more. The teams work at Caltech; the summer visit typically includes a half-day tour of JPL. Reload to see a different set of quotes.

The BRC team came to visit in June 2011. The team's core educators attended, along with 10 students. IPAC staff member Mark Legassie also assisted.


  • [student:] Astronomy, engineering and astrophysics have always been my passion. The NITARP experience let me go beyond the norm for rising astronomers.
  • It was interesting to watch the students work collaboratively, jumping to each other's side when help was needed.
  • [student] I'm glad I was able to get a 'sneak peek' into my future if I were to pursue a career in astronomy.
  • [student:] Not only did I get to meet people my own age but I had the rare opportunity to interact with adults on almost the same level.
  • I thought [astronomy] was just about looking at the sky and going, "Oh, look. There's a new star." It's not like that at all. There's a lot more work that goes into it from looking at the pictures to crunching the numbers to researching previous projects to see if what they are finding is right.

Summer Visit - 2011 - BRC team