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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!


  • NITARP has opened doors for me in many ways. It's exposed me to real research, it's got me thinking about ways to innovate and create real research experiences for my students, and it's made me aware of the numerous opportunities out there for science teachers to become better at what they do.
  • I really enjoyed being in an environment of astronomers and being able to interact with them on a professional and personal level. I never thought I would ever be able to do that.
  • Overall, this project has seriously been one of the best things I've ever done and made me feel like a real part of an adult community of highly intelligent people.
  • The students there did a great job of explaining to me what it was like to really collaborate as scientists and how helpful it was to work as a team to learn new things.
  • I feel like a popcorn kernel that has just burst open!

AAS - 2013