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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:


  • Before becoming a NITARP teacher, I was considering applying to become a science coordinator so that I can have more influence on science education. Now that I am a NITARP alumnus, I am certain I want to be a science coordinator or an educator that teaches other teachers. I feel that because my understanding of the nature of science has been so greatly expanded that I could really help guide other teachers to understand science in a much deeper way.
  • Most science teachers have never done real science – that is, authentic research into something that nobody else has studied before. Experiencing the thrill and challenge of doing real science is essential if we want our teachers to adequately and accurately portray what science is really like to our next generation. NITARP gives teachers this experience. Through NITARP, teachers improve their understanding of the scientific process, build relationships with professional scientists, and contribute to human understanding of some corner of the universe. It is an amazing program that should be expanded to include science teachers everywhere!
  • [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
  • [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.
  • [..]astronomers don’t spend any time looking through telescopes and most of them don’t even collect their own data—they use data collected by others and it is stored in enormous databases. They generally (probably always now) collaborate with others—there probably aren’t too many areas of current research that a person could do by him- or her- self—there is just too much data.

AAS - 2018