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Summer Visit - 2023 - SCHARP

The summer visit to Caltech is 4 days long and is the only time during the year of work when all the participants on the team come together in person to work intensively on the data. Generally, each educator may bring up to two students to the summer visit that are paid for by NITARP, and they may raise funds to bring two more. The teams work at Caltech; the summer visit typically includes a half-day tour of JPL, which is a favorite site for group photos. Reload to see a different set of quotes.

The SCHARP team came to visit in June 2023. The 5 core team educators attended, plus 10 students.


  • [student:] The most important thing I learned was that it is okay to ask for help and ask questions I may have thought were rather “dumb.”
  • [The best thing about the trip was] I felt like an actual researcher, and it was incredible seeing our results in real time.
  • Now I think everyone can do astronomy. In the past, I thought it was for an elite group of people, and this experience showed me that even people with no astronomy background are capable of conducting authentic research.
  • I have an even greater appreciation of astronomy and astronomers because of this experience. To be able to make inferences and calculations from things basically intangible and find the possibilities in this research is really “out of this world”!
  • [student:] I loved astronomy prior to the trip but I have even more interest in it now that I’ve gotten to do some actual work in the area.

Summer Visit - 2023 - SCHARP