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Student Astronomical Research
and Publication Workshop

Sunday, July 21, 2019

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm • American Association of Physics Teachers

Summer Meeting • Utah Valley University, Provo, Utah

Hosted by InStAR   |   Sponsored by PlaneWave Instruments


This workshop prepares high school and college instructors to start their own Astronomy Research Seminar. A dozen high schools and colleges offer this seminar which has produced 150 published papers with over 500 coauthors. Teams prepare a research proposal, manage their own research, obtain and analyze original data, write a team paper, obtain an external review, submit their paper for publication, and give a public PowerPoint presentation—all in a single semester. Seminars are supported by the Small Telescope Astronomical Research Handbook, an open-source learning management system, and a community of experienced professional and amateur astronomers organized by the Institute for Student Astronomical Research (InStAR). Being a coauthor improves a student’s chance of obtaining a scholarship as a result of their demonstrated research experience and encourages STEM careers.


At left: Student presents her research to professional and amateur astronomers, NASA astronauts, educators and students at the NorthEast AstroImaging Conference 2019, Suffern, NY.


Workshop Chair

Rachel Freed, Consultant, Educational Technology and Curriculum Development

RSVP: 707-326-8310,

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