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AAS - 2012

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 2011 and 2012 NITARP teams attended the 2012 January AAS meeting in Austin, TX. The 2011 class was presenting results and the 2012 class was starting up. We sent about 60 people to the AAS (the largest delegation to date) and had a grand time. Please see the special article on NITARP at the AAS. We also got a smattering of coverage in local media outlets.


  • [student:] Presenting our findings was very confidence boosting actually, as I found I was able to answer almost every question I was asked. It was also very exciting and unique.
  • I was surprised at the number of young people[...] I am used to seeing older people as astronomers.
  • I didn't anticipate the number of very interesting and truly remarkable people that I would get to meet which was a welcome surprise.
  • This year was great! I really felt comfortable making my way around to discuss not only what I teach, but also what my research was about.
  • Although some of the information was beyond my comprehension at the current time, I learned a lot and was able to relate to a lot of the topics.

AAS - 2012