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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.


  • [..] this experience for the students was golden. Having the chance to share this opportunity for learning with my students is by far the best thing that came out of the project.
  • [student:] NITARP definitely changed the way I thought about astronomy for the better. I thought before that it was more about literally looking through telescopes, so was often surprised when people thought it would be a field I should follow. I was pleased to learn throughout this experience that the field is in fact a very mathematical and calculating field with a fascinating theories being built on constantly. The field is a truly a community, strongly linked. The understanding of the field that I gained through this program has opened a new field of study to my eyes as a career path in my future.
  • [student:] My favorite part of the AAS conference was the posters. It was so interesting and exciting being able to connect at a more personal level with the astronomers. [..] All the presenters were very friendly and eager to share their information, which was all so fascinating!
  • Overall, this experience was one of the best experiences educationally, personally and professionally. It was great to be part of a project and it forced me to learn, very quickly. I liked how I didn’t know everything about my project to begin with. It made me become a better learner because I was asking the questions for understanding the content. In the end, I was in charge of my learning and I learned so much because of it.
  • NITARP was a great experience for both myself and my students.

AAS - 2014