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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:


  • In our research course at school, I am pushing to change some of the parts of it that need updating and that don’t really reflect the reality of scientific work. For instance, assembling a complete research proposal, which now seems so obvious, was not a requirement at school. I am also planning on providing students with opportunities to conduct research where they do not need to collect their own data. Why not? There’s so much already out there.
  • I knew I would like attending AAS, but even though I didn’t understand all the information presented in the various talks, I really, really, liked listening to them.
  • Thanks, again and again, for such a great opportunity and experience. I am serious - I really want to find a way to make this kind of thing more available. Teachers need this...badly. When I think about the challenges that I often had with my science teacher peers at my former school, it was because my way of looking at things was so different. NITARP explains why - science and research are the focus for me, rather than covering content. The skills this program provides are critical for student preparation and most teachers have not been given these. How can they then be expected to teach them?
  • [student:] I did not anticipate the work dynamic between the teachers and students. I anticipated to simply be a participant in the research progress while the teachers would relay the “actual” work to the students. I was pleasantly surprised, and in fact elated, that I was just as vital to the project as my teachers. I felt truly valued, and I am eternally grateful for the level of respect that I received. Although it was not anticipated, the interactions between students and mentors was my favorite part of the program.
  • [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