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AAS - 2015

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 2014 and 2015 NITARP teams attended the 2015 January AAS meeting in Seattle, WA. The 2014 class was presenting results and the 2015 class was starting up. We had many alumni raise money to come back as well. We sent about 50 people to the AAS and had a grand time. Please see the special article on NITARP at the AAS. All of the posters we presented are here:


  • Do what your scientist asks you to do, but don’t be afraid to make your own suggestions if you have ideas about what to do next. This is a collaborative process. The scientists are very smart and knowledgeable, but they are not the only ones with answers and they value your opinion. Don’t be afraid to go above and beyond.
  • [student:] My favorite part of NITARP was to get an insight into the process of real research, where the results are not known and the procedure to be determined by us.
  • [student:] I found at the conference that I was more interested in how the telescopes were built than the actual data-taking, which confirmed my interest in engineering. Therefore, although I do not plan on becoming an astronomer, this project definitely enhanced my desire to pursue the sciences/engineering/research in college.
  • [student:] This was the first time I really learned what it is like to have to work through problems.
  • [student:] I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but my experience with NITARP has definitely made something in science a possibility. I definitely will participate in research in college now because I really enjoyed my time with NITARP.

AAS - 2015