This virtual team collects all independent research presented in 2015, and done by NITARP or Spitzer alumni with (or without) students outside of a formal NITARP team.
The experience has changed my understanding of astronomy and how it is done, but not of astronomers.
NITARP is an outstanding opportunity for teacher professional development through participation in authentic astronomy research. If you are a science or math teacher, I would encourage you to apply. It was the best professional development program I have been involved with in my 30+ years of teaching.
I thought the talks and posters were great. Watching scientists talk to each other and question each other was interesting.