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Summer Visit - 2016 - HIPS AGN

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, which is a favorite site for group photos. Reload to see a different set of quotes.

The HIPS AGN team came to visit in June 2016. The core team educators attended, plus 8 students.


  • [student:] The most surprising thing I learned is that astronomers need to be willing to feel stupid often.
  • [student:] The best thing about the trip was being able to be treated like a colleague rather than a student.
  • [The best thing was] Making the human connections. From [the first night through the last], it was clear that we were on a human endeavor as much as a scientific one. I believe the kids came away understanding that science itself is a fundamentally human activity.
  • [student:] Coming together from all over the nation having the opportunity to collaborate on something greater than ourselves was amazing. I didn’t anticipate becoming so family-like with everyone so quickly. We meshed so well and I’m so thankful I was able to meet those people.
  • [student:] My experience at Caltech was incredible, and I wouldn’t change a single thing. Thank you so much for the opportunity. I met so many incredible people, and without this trip I don’t know if I would have had the courage to pursue astronomy as a career.

Summer Visit - 2016 - HIPS AGN