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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:


  • In the context of my regular physics courses, I think I will try to incorporate more ‘current’ science into what we learn about. While essential, most of the physics I teach is hundreds of years old. Giving students insight to what is currently being researched could nudge them toward pursuing science after high school.
  • [student:] Going to this conference gave me a much better understanding and prospective of the work astronomers do, and what it means to be an astronomer.
  • Our district needs an astronomy course, and now I have some idea about how to make that happen.
  • NITARP is an invaluable experience. I am extremely fortunate to have participated.
  • [student:] Before this experience I wasn’t planning on going to college right after high school. I didn’t know what I wanted to do so I didn’t want to spend thousands on college without complete confidence of my direction. But now I’ve decided on my major and I [...] feel I can credit that mostly to my experience with this program. Getting to see what a career in physics looks like, and hearing from professionals about their careers from college until the present was a great help to me

AAS - 2018