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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:


  • [student:] Astronomy and astronomer work in ways that I didn’t know until this. I am pretty sure that I have changed how I think about all scientists now.
  • I really feel that NITARP is a model that needs to be replicated in some fashion for teachers (in any field, really) everywhere. How can teachers effectively teach STEM, particularly, in this new environment without really having done research themselves? Most STEM programs are good at introducing teachers to engineering. What we need now are programs, like NITARP, that get teachers involved in real science.
  • My NITARP experiences have changed how I work in the classroom—my research class is a direct outcome of my participation in the program. I also incorporate some of the methods of the NITARP program into this class—the students are required to produce posters, display them, and use them as part of a presentation that they give at the regional science fair and other venues.
  • 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.
  • [student:] My goal for my future career was to most likely become a doctor or biologist but now because of NITARP, I have been motivated to delve deeper and look for an area of astronomy to pursue.

AAS - 2017