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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!
  • I plan on using this to try to foster more of an acceptance of Astronomy being a viable path for a career. My district tends to promote life science over the physical sciences. I want to use what I have learned to support more research into astronomy.
  • [student:] Students tend to confine themselves in the ‘classroom box’. Teachers tell kids what to do, they do it. And for the most part, young people are encouraged not to contend with fact or debate the teacher. But it is exactly this mindset which hinders learning.
  • I came to appreciate the astronomers at the conference more for their real-ness as genuine people rather than unreachable genius. I am inspired by the passion of the community.
  • NITARP is an invaluable experience. I am extremely fortunate to have participated.

AAS - 2018