We would like to thank all of the students who took part in the first round exam on Saturday. We are also especially grateful to teachers and all of the USAAAO volunteers for their hard work in putting together and proctoring the exam.
Exams and solutions can be found here. The cutoff to qualify for the National Astronomy Competition was 13. Scores for the first round exam are posted on Gradescope, with a representative histogram of scores shown below.
Thank you for supporting us in our efforts to expand access to astronomy and astrophysics!
You have until January 31st to register for the First Round of USA Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition. We already have students from 25 states and 12 countries registered.
Students must be present at the specified exam time that depends on the time zone of a student. First Round is on Saturday, February 11th. Second Round time slots will be the same.
To register, please use this link. Registration this year is $30 per student. If you’re unable to pay, please register by using this form. You don’t need to fill out both forms. We want to make sure that everyone that wants to participate has the opportunity to do so.
The slots are:
Slot 1:9am West Coast time (same as 12pm East Coast Time, 2pm Brazil time, 7pm Romanian time, etc.)
Slot 2:9pm East Coast time, which translates to 5pm Alaskan time and 4pm Hawaiian time.
Note: students are responsible for double checking the time difference
For more information about the selection process visit our Selection Process page. If you’d like to receive notifications about future opportunities, join our mailing list here.
Registration for the first round of USAAAO is open!
The registration forms are on this page. There is a fee of $30 to register, but we have a financial aid application for those who need it.
Registration will close on January 31st, 2023.
The first round exam will take place on February 11th, and there will be two time slots available to accommodate students in different time zones. The competition will be online, and students will be proctored by USAAAO volunteers through video calls.
Registration will open on our registration page, so get ready and spread the word! If you want an email announcement, join our mailing list here. The registration fee this year will be $30, however we will accept financial aid requests.
Around three hundred students from forty-five countries competed in the 15th International Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad in Georgia the country between August 14th and August 22nd. The American team achieved an amazing result with ten medals (3 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze).
Samvit Das – gold medal David Zhang – gold medal Erez Israeli Miller – silver medal Justin Chen – silver medal Abhay Narasima Bestrapalli – bronze medal
Evan Kim – gold medal Andrew Liu – silver medal Orion Foo – bronze medal Austin Chen – bronze medal Arjun Patel –bronze medal
Team Leaders: Natasa Dragovic (Tufts University) and Lucas Pinheiro (Notre Dame)
Training was conducted by volunteer mentors through video calls with the team members.
The USA team was selected by volunteer members of the USAAAO (USA Astronomy and Astrophysics Organization) based on candidates’ results in a selection exam. The next IOAA will take place in Poland in August 2023.
The USAAAO team is extremely grateful to the “The Masson Family Fund” for their generosity. Because of the support of the Mason Family, USAAAO could cover the team’s travel, accommodation and food expenses. We’re also thankful to law firm Prince Lobel for legal representation.
This is a free online summer camp to help students learn astronomy and astrophysics. It is intended for students* who may not otherwise have the resources to begin studying on their own, and to increase awareness at the high school level of how exactly professional scientific research is conducted.
Students who choose to participate in the camp are expected to attend weekly online meetings and do the required readings and problem sets.
Weekly classes will be held on Tuesday evenings between June 14th and August 2nd
Applications will be open until May 29th at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.
All the exams that have been to submitted have been graded and students should be able to review their score on Gradescope! This year the cutoff is 13 and up. Currently there are 96 students that qualified for the National Astronomy Competition (NAC).
We want to thank everyone that took part in the First Round yesterday. We also want to thank all the teachers and USAAAO volunteers for all their hard work. We will post an update in about a week about the exam scores and the cutoff for the National Astronomy Competition.