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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:


  • My understanding of both is much deeper and more nuanced; informed at this point by direct experience.
  • NITARP has changed how I teach and the focus of my classroom time. After this experience I have included more long term research work and scientist/student partnering into the classroom. I have reached out to local professionals to act as mentors for student work and to develop partnerships I hope can continue in the far future. I show students more use of technology and integrate more coding, use of databases, and online research tools to aid student work and support topic curriculum. I have felt I really need to find more ways to get more students the change to do work like this because of the incredibly high interest I have form the whole area.
  • [student:] I thought that astronomers only looked at the stars and plotted them and their data. There is lots more information about a star in an image than I thought and lots more computers look through the telescopes than astronomers!
  • [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.
  • 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.

AAS - 2017