This virtual team collects all independent research presented in 2010, and done by NITARP or Spitzer alumni with students outside of a formal NITARP team. Four different teams presented results in 2010!
I believe having students work with other students from other schools has much value.
While a lot of astronomy is done by computer, nothing compares to having a human look over the data.
The teachers who I have met through NITARP are just amazing. I am continually impressed by how hard they work and how enthusiastically they learn.