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AAS - 2017

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 2016 and 2017 NITARP teams attended the 2017 January AAS meeting in Dallas, TX. The 2016 class was presenting results and the 2017 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:


  • I really enjoyed watching the ways that the older members of our team supported and interacted with the younger students. They really bonded together better than I expected given the range of ages and skills. I was also impressed by the number of people that came to talk with the students and really engaged with them in conversations about the science and process related to their poster and talked with them about their experience. Astronomy is a wonderfully supportive community.
  • The students often bring a new perspective to things that maybe we as teachers might not have any longer.
  • It was interesting to see [students] struggle with the same things I did. It truly humanized them, and I think it strengthened both my relationship with them and my respect for them.
  • I was expecting professional astronomers to be much more aloof, but everyone that a I engaged with was very open to the interaction and more than willing to talk and share their knowledge.
  • NITARP should be a model for the type of education that our high school students should be able to experience, and the model that would most benefit them.

AAS - 2017