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AAS - 2014

The Winter American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting is the largest meeting of professional astronomers in the world. NITARP educators attend an AAS first to meet their team, then they go home and work remotely for much of the year, and then attend an AAS to present their results.  At any given AAS, then, we could have two NITARP classes attending - those finishing up, and those getting started. Reload to see a different set of quotes.

The 2013 and 2014 NITARP teams attended the 2014 January AAS meeting in National Harbor, MD (outside of Washington, DC). The 2013 class was presenting results and the 2014 class was starting up. We had a lot of alumni raise their own money to come back as well. We sent about 75 people to the AAS and had a grand time. Please see the special article on NITARP at the AAS. One of our participants, Peggy Piper, participated in a Congressional briefing on Thursday! All the posters we presented are linked from the team's pages below, except for HG-WELS and SIRXS, because they are the two new teams.


  • [student:] The most interesting thing was the AAS conference. There were so many interesting people and so much new information that you can't help but become lost in it.
  • [student:] This experience totally changed my view of astronomy and my view of the people who are a part of it. Initially, I thought that astronomy was filled with emotionless scientists who stare at their computers all day. I found that this was not the case at all and I met some of the most interesting people through this program [..]
  • [student:] This experience changed my views not just about astronomy, but science in general because it showed me just how much little things interact with each other and form a big picture understanding. This will change the way I look at almost all my subjects, as now I will start thinking from the get-go where everything fits in the goal I am trying to achieve, whether it be economics or physics.
  • [student:] My favorite part of the AAS conference was the posters. It was so interesting and exciting being able to connect at a more personal level with the astronomers. [..] All the presenters were very friendly and eager to share their information, which was all so fascinating!
  • [student:] The conference was a really great way to get a feel for what is happening in astronomy right now and what the questions for the future are. Everywhere I went I heard about the origins of the universe, dark matter, and dark energy which leads me to believe that these fields are going to become really exciting when I start doing professional research. This conference really got me excited about what the future in astronomy research holds and how I can become a part of it.

AAS - 2014