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The Fairborn Institute works closely with the Institute for Student Astronomical Research (InStAR).

Please see for details. InStAR:


  • Conducts Astronomy Research Seminars at two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

  • Publishes the results from these seminars in appropriate disciplinary journals.

  • Trains teachers and professors so they can adopt the InStAR approach at their home institutions.

  • Trains citizen scientists to conduct and publish astronomical research in selected fields.

  • Assists in training the next generation of scientists and researchers.

  • Promotes effective teamwork and management in group projects.

  • Promotes effective student writing and presentation skills. 

  • Serves as a central meeting place and coordination site to promote interaction, discussion, trouble shooting, and brainstorming as it relates to seminar teams, the conduct of research and writing publications, and working as teams.

  • Offers online resources that include textbooks, software, and introductory information about the topics of research supported by the seminar.

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