Applications for the USAAAO Astronomy & Astrophysics Camp 2022 are now open!

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.

Link for the applications: https://forms.gle/xTWufTTEj8hgyU72A

For any questions, email us at info@usaaao.org!

* camp is currently limited to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

2022 USA Astronomy and Astrophysics Team

We are excited to announce the 2022 team. We will bring two teams to the International Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad in Georgia in August.

Main team:

Abhay Narasima Bestrapalli

Justin Chen

Samvit Das

David Zhang

Erez Israeli Miller

Guest team:

Andrew Liu

Orion Foo

Austin Chen

Evan Kim

Arjun Patel

You can see the score breakdown here. Team leaders this year will be Natasa Dragovic and Lucas Pinheiro. Stay tuned to learn more about the team!

Team travel is possible due to the generous donation from the Masson Family Fund.

We will also post all the scores on the website later today.

If you have questions about the competition, feel free to email us at info@usaaao.org.

We thank all the volunteers and participants that have made this year possible!

National Astronomy Competition is Complete

National Astronomy Competition took place on March 26th. We want to thank all the participants and volunteers for making this event a success!

You can find question and solutions here. We will take some time to grade the exams. All the contestants will be notified of their score and scores are published on the website as well.

Top 5 students will be invited to represent the US at the International Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad. Next top 5 students will be invited to be part of the guest team.

This year IOAA will be held in August in Georgia. We will announce the team shortly.

First Round Complete

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).

Exam and the solutions can be found at https://usaaao.org/resources/.

Thank you all for participating and being interested in Astronomy and Astrophysics!

For all the students that qualified for the National Astronomy Competition, we will be emailing further instructions closer to the exam time.

First Round Histogram

First Round Done

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.

Exam and the solutions can be found at https://usaaao.org/resources/.

Thank you all for participating and being interested in Astronomy and Astrophysics!

Last Day to Register!

Today is the last day to register for the First Round! We are excited to have students from 27 states and 10 countries already registered. After the registration closes we will send each student a Zoom link. Please let us know if you do not receive a link by Friday evening, as some emails might bounce or go to spam.

Students must be present at the specified exam time that depends on the time zone of a student. First Round is on Saturday, February 5th. 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.

Slot 1: If you reside between time zones of GMT-8 (e.g. California) and GMT+4, you will take the test at 9am West Coast time ( same as 12pm East Coast Time, 2pm Brazil time, 7pm Romanian time, etc.)

Slot 2: If you reside in other time zones, like GMT-10 (e.g. Hawaii), GMT-9 (e.g. Alaska), or any other time zones, you will take the test at 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.

USAAAO Registration is Open!

Registration for the first round of USAAAO is now 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, 2022.

The first round exam will take place on February 5th, 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.

You can read more about the tests on our selection process page, and you can find study materials on our resource page. If you have any questions, email us at info@usaaao.org! For more frequent updates about USAAAO, visit our Instagram page.

Schedule for USAAAO 2022!

We’re excited to announce the schedule of USAAAO for the upcoming year!

The whole competition will be online. USAAAO volunteers will be proctoring the exams. In order to accommodate different time zones, we will be offering 2 time slots. More details to follow.

Jan 3rd (2022)-Jan 31st (2022): Registration

February 5th: First Round Exam

March 26th: National Astronomy Competition

Sometime in August: IOAA*

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.

You can read more about the tests on our selection process page, and you can find study materials on our resource page. If you have any questions, email us at info@usaaao.org!

* Currently IOAA is scheduled to take place in Ukraine, mid August

14th IOAA has ended!

The team with the team leaders at the closing ceremony

Around three hundred students from forty-eight countries competed in the 14th International Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad organized by Colombia, from November 14th through 21st. This Olympiad had a hybrid format, with the team traveling to Boston and being supervised by the USAAAO volunteers. The American team achieved an amazing result with ten medals (4 gold, 5 silver and 1 bronze).

Main team:

William Huang – gold medal
Alexander Hu – gold medal
Erez Israeli Miller – silver medal
Abhay Narasima Bestrapalli – silver medal
Harsh Deep – silver medal

Guest team:

Geoffrey Wu – gold medal
Justin Chen – silver medal
Joshua Jones – silver medal
Aarush Gupta – gold medal
Orion Foo –bronze medal

Team Leaders: Evan Tey (MIT) and Katarine Emanuela Klitzke (Georgia Tech)

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 Ukraine* in August 2021.

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 for the collaboration with the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO), and to law firm Prince Lobel for legal representation.

For more IOAA moments, follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

*Depending on the travel restrictions, modality of the IOAA might be different.

Training Starts This Week!

We’re excited to kick off the Summer with two free training camps this year. We have selected 25 students across the USA to learn and train with our coaches. Students will go over the same topics as the team. If you want to join us and study at your own pace, we will be posting the readings and problems weekly on our website here.

Over the summer we will share more about the team and the coaches so stay tuned!

IOAA will be hosted by Colombia virtually between November 14th and 21st. USA Astronomy and Astrophysics team will travel to Boston and will compete from there.

If you have questions about USAAAO please email us at info@usaaao.org.