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AAS - 2023

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 2022 and 2023 NITARP teams attended the 2023 January AAS meeting in Seattle, WA. The 2022 class was presenting results and the 2023 class was starting up. We had alumni raise money to come back as well. We sent about 30 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:

2022 Teams:


  • Granucci, "Does a Solar Telescope generate more interest in astronomy than Night Observing Telescope?" (talk)
  • Kniezewski, "To Rain or Not to Rain: Correlating GOES Flare Class and Coronal Rain Statistics" (poster and press release; student alumna!)


  • It was great to work with such dedicated and fun people, including teachers, students, and two certain Caltech astronomers. In fact, everyone in the astronomy community seemed very welcoming, friendly, and eager to share what they knew, especially if you needed help. I never expected to make such friends in this (or any) program.
  • I did not anticipate that my students would develop such a strong bond with Varoujan. They learned quickly that they could ask him questions on the videoconferences and the summer meetings and he would patiently explain, sometimes more than once. I saw a huge amount of growth of my students, especially in their identities as scientists.
  • [student:] The NITARP experience helped me realize how broad the field of astronomy is, and how much astronomers can learn from others that specialize in different parts of astronomy.
  • [student: In NITARP, ] You learn a TON of astronomy, and what scientific research can be like. You learn a lot about yourself, like perseverance. I learned to be confident with my knowledge, even when talking to high-up, PhD level astronomers who were so much more experienced and knowledgeable than me. I learned to be okay with saying “I don’t know” about something, and share all that I did know. I learned how to read a scientific paper and poster, and got to see how they were written and created as well. I had the opportunity to be in a program that allowed me to meet many leaders–women, people of color–who are doing great work not only in the field of astronomy but also opening doors for the next generation of scientists. This program got me excited about science, especially astronomy, as a future career.
  • [student:] I underestimated how vast the astronomy field truly is. There are so many aspects and levels of careers.

AAS - 2023