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AAS - 2013

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.

We were out in force at the AAS 2013 meeting in Long Beach, CA! A record number of NITARP-affiliated people attended, including the 2012 class finishing up and the 2013 class getting going. The 80 or so NITARP-affiliated folks made up about 3% of the AAS attendees.

Special article on AAS attendees!  And don't miss Danielle Miller's blog!


  • The experience did change my opinion about astronomers because although I knew this type of research was conducted I always believed there was a greater focus on visual astronomy.
  • [student:] I've learned that not everything will come easily (a valuable skill for me personally) and that sometimes I have to work hard and use my brain in different ways to understand what's going on.
  • [student:] I found it interesting how subtle the whole meeting was. Coming from the automotive industry where trade shows are huge flashy events, it was interesting how multi-million dollar companies were represented by just a small booth and table, sometimes without any literature. I learned that there are plenty of niches to be filled in the industry so I hope to find an internship in it soon.
  • After this experience, I'm more aware that beyond just teaching my students good science, my focus should be to prepare them for a career in science. I feel like I have a better understanding of the skills they'll need to be successful. I've already made big changes to my curriculum because of this program, and will continue to do so in future years.
  • [The] program created a welcoming environment designed to help people learn.

AAS - 2013