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Summer Visit - 2016 - LLAMMa

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 LLAMMa team came to visit in July 2016. The 3 core team educators attended, plus 11 students.


  • [student:] When the group of people came in and talked to us about how they got there I was pretty excited. It was really cool to see the different ways a person could practice astronomy.
  • [student:] I think all astronomers must be curious, not afraid of work, hardworking, and must care about what they do.
  • [student:] I think it was way better that we did everything in person because we got to meet everybody and it was much easier to ask questions and learn from the questions of others. The group changed as we got to know each other and we all became friends.
  • The most important thing I saw from the meeting was the growth in the students – not just in understanding the subject and science behind the project but in the levels of confidence and belief they were developing in their abilities and understanding of the real process of science.
  • [student:] . Something that I did not know to be a part of scientific research was the team aspect of it. I expected it to be more solo than teamwork. I always thought that scientist did things all on their own and never worked with anyone.

Summer Visit - 2016 - LLAMMa