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Does the AAS have any grant programs?

Fri, 2012-08-17 11:47 -- Rick.Fienberg

Yes, the AAS administers several grant programs. The Small Research Grant (SMRG) provides a small amount of money for a variety of reasons related to research (page charges, travel to observatories, computers etc.). SMRG funds come from NASA and AAS charitable and operating funds. The International Travel Grant (ITG) funds travel to international scientific meetings for US based astronomers. Generally, the ITG only funds the cost of a round-trip airline ticket.

Do the Divisions hold meetings?

Fri, 2012-08-17 11:41 -- LISA.IDEM

Divisions hold meetings that may be attended by any AAS member. The DPS and the DDA each hold one meeting a year separate from the AAS general Meetings. The HEAD and the SPD meet occasionally apart from and occasionally with the AAS. On occasion the SPD has also met jointly with the American Geophysical Union. The Historical Astronomy Division usually meets jointly with the AAS. Schedules for Division Meetings may be found on the Division websites.

How does the AAS establish its public positions on matters of policy?

Fri, 2012-08-17 11:35 -- kevin.marvel

The Council of the AAS establishes formal positions of the AAS. Any member may suggest topics appropriate for development of a position and the appropriate committees will consider the issues and make a recommendation to the Council on the matter. The more recent official position statements of the AAS are available online.

What if I want to do additional travel before or after the meeting?

Fri, 2012-08-17 10:23 -- TRACY.ROWE

The program will only fund travel to one international scientific meeting per person per year plus attendance at the IAU General Assembly. In other words, when there is an IAU GA, you may apply for two trips, one to the GA and one elsewhere. When there is no IAU GA, you may only request funding to one international meeting. However, if some meetings occur close in time, the traveler may attend multiple meetings on one travel grant as long as the ITG funds are used only for two international travel legs ('there' and 'back' only.

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