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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:


  • Teachers are energized and inspired by the program[..] Working on real questions of Astronomy, and using quantitative tools to understand truly awesome phenomenae reminds us of what excited us as undergrads, back at the beginning of our professional journeys. And spending a week working side by side with our most motivated students reminds of the true joy of teaching, which is to share the wonder of this world with a new generation.
  • The scientific method, more than anything, must be open and flexible.
  • I got to re-experience what it's like to be a student faced with a difficult challenge; the wondering whether or not to ask a question; the struggle to make sense of the work being done by others around me.. I think these experiences will make me a more empathetic and effective teacher.
  • I hate to admit this, but I’d never done a poster session before. So making and presenting a poster was an enormous delight of learning for me.
  • [student:] I did not think I would impress anyone. I thought I would struggle through presentations and hopefully hold my own, but I never expected I would do any more than that. However, I ended up knowing the information better than I realized, and that really showed through when I presented. And people were impressed.

AAS - 2017