Date: Saturday, September 23rd, 2023

Check-In 8:00-8:45

8:45 - 9:00

Introduction: Opening Remarks

9:00 - 9:30

Keynote Presentation

Engaging talk by renowned guest speaker Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, Robinson Professor of Astrophysics at George Mason University and co-author of "A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars".

9:30 - 10:00

Academia Speaker: The Cutting-Edge of Astrophysics

Inspiring presentation by distinguished astrophysicist Dr. Rachel Osten, head of the instruments division at the Space Telescope Science Institute.

10:00 - 11:30

Student Research Showcase

High school students present their research projects on various astronomy topics, including exoplanets, cosmology, rocketry, and more.

Projects, in order:

15-minute break.

11:30 - 12:00

Stargazing: How to Get Started

Presented by Paul Derby from the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC), this session will show participants how to get started exploring the beautiful night sky of the D.C. metro area with electronically-assisted astronomy techniques.

12:00 - 1:00

Networking and Lunch

Informal networking opportunity for students, speakers, and other attendees. Lunch provided.

1:00 - 2:00

Panel Discussion: What Does the Future Hold for Space?

This panel will involve speakers from across academia and industry to discuss how scientists and engineers from the public and private sectors can come together to yield new discoveries and deepen our foothold in space.


2:00 - 2:15

Closing Remarks

Recap of the conference with key takeaways.