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Summer Visit - 2012 - UBOKO

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 UBOKO team came to visit in August 2012. The core team educators attended, plus 10 students.



  • It became apparent to me through the NITARP program that there really is a place for every scientific interest within astronomy, from chemistry to materials engineering to computer science.
  • I didn't really think of astronomy as having a deep basis in research until this trip. It was interesting to see this new side of astronomy.
  • I [thought] that there would be more computer work, and more telescope operating.
  • It was very rewarding to be able to talk with astronomers who were willing to answer my (many) questions. Educators rarely have an opportunity to talk to professionals to hone their knowledge base once they finish school. I'm afraid I grabbed them every chance I got!
  • The trip was incredible.

Summer Visit - 2012 - UBOKO