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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!


  • [My scientist was] fantastic! .. helped us understand our research goals very quickly and made some difficult concepts very easy to understand [...] good at helping us see the big picture behind our project.
  • [student:] Before the NITARP program [..] I had no idea what was out there for me. The program gave me a chance to see what being a research scientist means, and made me realize that it is a career I could have. This is a great thing to have experienced!
  • [I talked to students presenting from NITARP 2012 and] although they were nervous, they did a wonderful presentation. They knew their stuff and fielded questions well. Most of all, you could tell they had grown as students and were passionate about their topics and what they had found. To me, that was awesome. I hope my students will show the same poise[...]
  • The [students from 2012] fielded questions from an astronomer from the Keck Observatory like old pros- very professional! I can't wait to see my students do the same.
  • Astronomers, all of whom are scientists, can be personal, funny, and outright social beings. The nature of their work -- retracing their steps for accuracy, being critical of fellow colleagues, and looking to develop the next best project that has not been accomplished already -- requires astronomers to discuss, inquire, and exchange their ideas with one another.

AAS - 2013