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AAS - 2018

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 2017 and 2018 NITARP teams attended the 2018 January AAS meeting in National Harbor, MD. The 2017 class was presenting results and the 2018 class was starting up. We had 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:


  • NITARP has reinforced and expanded my interests in astronomy. It has also given me the experience and confidence to pursue graduate study. I’ve been thinking about going back to graduate school for years…participating in this program helped me realize that I need to do it now! There is so much to learn!
  • My perception of astronomy has changed from the idea that astronomy is just “one thing,” to understanding that astronomy is really a huge collection of “things.” Astronomy encompasses planetary science, star formation, solar system, astrobiology, and cosmology, just to name a few.
  • Science teachers are a unique set of individuals. They need to be given time and opportunities to engage in cutting edge science for their own healthy educational growth. They desire [programs like NITARP].
  • The experience has shown me that astronomy research isn’t all about the pretty images we get to see, it can and I’m sure often does involve things that you never get to actually see.
  • Beyond my classroom, I see other teachers in the department and school realizing a greater potential regarding what can be done at the secondary level. Much of my activity has led to focused discussions in lieu of our weekly planned in-service time. More teachers are coming around to the idea of engaging students in more real-world science, and the need for our own participation in opportunities for educators to explore modeling and research opportunities.

AAS - 2018