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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.


  • We put so much time and effort into this project, and it was very rewarding to see the finished poster at the convention with all of the graduate students and scientists. Being able to present our work to these people and understand what I was talking about was my favorite part of the convention. It was satisfying to see how much we impressed all of these professionals when we are only in high school.
  • Astronomers dream about above and beyond. They laugh when someone says impossible. When other people say impossible, astronomers say just give me a couple years, a large computer, and some duct tape and I'll have a working model.
  • [Even as a student,] I was surprised how many people I now know after 2 AAS [meetings].
  • This has been a remarkable experience in which I have learned so much and I am so grateful for.
  • At this year's AAS conference I was even able to get a grasp of what the speaker was discussing in most lectures I attended.

AAS - 2012