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AAS - 2014

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.

The 2013 and 2014 NITARP teams attended the 2014 January AAS meeting in National Harbor, MD (outside of Washington, DC). The 2013 class was presenting results and the 2014 class was starting up. We had a lot of alumni raise their own money to come back as well. We sent about 75 people to the AAS and had a grand time. Please see the special article on NITARP at the AAS. One of our participants, Peggy Piper, participated in a Congressional briefing on Thursday! All the posters we presented are linked from the team's pages below, except for HG-WELS and SIRXS, because they are the two new teams.


  • [After going to an AAS town hall:] I am glad my paycheck does not derive from NSF funding.
  • [student:] The thing I liked most about the program was the fact that high school students were given the opportunity to participate in significant research. [..] The fact that no one knew the answer was extremely exciting. I never enjoyed the regurgitation of information that high school provides us. I understand that it is necessary to learn the basics and the only way to learn that is to solve problems that have already been solved. But this program has given me the exclusive opportunity to experience in simple terms: real life. Thank you and I hope the program continues to provide remarkable experiences.
  • [student:] Going to this really made me turn towards Astronomy more when thinking about plans for my future. It’s definitely really interesting and space is so...fascinating. I always liked it when I was little but I always had it set in my mind that becoming something like an astronomer was extremely difficult and nearly impossible...but coming to the AAS meeting has really made me consider trying for it.
  • [student:] While I knew that the whole convention was going to be full of people, I didn’t expect it to be so ridiculously full. Nor did I expect to see so many people from areas all across the globe. American Astronomical Society kinda just makes you think “United States”.
  • I think that my NITARP experience is one of the best things that I have ever done in my life, both as an educator and as an individual. I have found that I really like doing research and plan to continue that in the future both with my students and as an individual.

AAS - 2014