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AAS - 2017

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 2016 and 2017 NITARP teams attended the 2017 January AAS meeting in Dallas, TX. The 2016 class was presenting results and the 2017 class was starting up. We had many alumni raise money to come back as well. We sent about 50 people to the AAS and had a grand time. Please see the special article on NITARP at the AAS. All of the posters we presented are here:


  • The scientific method cannot be narrowed down to 6 simple steps. The process is very much ingrained in trial and error and coming up with new solutions to problems.
  • I have always loved astronomy and have had great interactions with many great people in the field so my thoughts on them are just as positive as ever. I have thought and watched and think that as a whole the astronomy community has a great opportunity to catch the attention and interest of youth if they really continue to promote the great work they do with the public. The stars and planets are attention grabbing and there is always something great to share with all ability and skill levels.
  • [student:] I didn't expect that we would grow so close after connecting during just 5 days.
  • I plan to develop more problems of a statistical nature. Gross data from astronomy and other realms leads to insight; this is a side of scientific inquiry that I’d never really thought about before. If I’m going to be about modeling, I’m going to have to learn to be about statistics.
  • [student:] Presenting a poster around so many other hard working individuals really drove home that this was real work and not just some school project.

AAS - 2017