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Summer Visit - 2011 - BRC team

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. Reload to see a different set of quotes.

The BRC team came to visit in June 2011. The team's core educators attended, along with 10 students. IPAC staff member Mark Legassie also assisted.


  • Astronomers are much different than I expected. ... I didn't realize how many calculations and math was involved. ... it was a real eye-opener for how much we used everything we learned in school.
  • [student] I'm glad I was able to get a 'sneak peek' into my future if I were to pursue a career in astronomy.
  • [student,in response to "most important or interesting thing you learned":] I also never knew about the great observatories. The only one I knew about was Hubble; now I know the 4 telescopes in space.
  • I never realized how much computer programming is done in Astronomy. I think this will help me reach out to students who might not be interested in "science." These students may not realize that their programming skills are vital for analyzing astronomical data.
  • [student:]... this experience definitely changed the way I thought about astronomy and astronomers.

Summer Visit - 2011 - BRC team