Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) has designed abridge program for undergraduate-to-graduate participation in the field of atmospheric sciences. Participants spend up to four summers as a SOARS protégé, engaging in research, mentorship, and community. More than 90% of SOARS protégés have gone on to graduate school, with many thereafter entering the workforce with either an M.S. or Ph.D.
SOARS is open to students across multiple disciplines, such as (but not limited to) meteorology, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, and the social sciences, to consider the program as a way to apply their knowledge and gain expertise in the area of atmospheric science. Areas of study include climate change, the changing chemical composition of the atmosphere, and severe weather events.
The 10-week summer program typically starts at the end of May and continues through mid-August. SOARS protégés spend up to four summers in the program. SOARS protégés work 40 hours a week and earn a competitive wage, which increases with each year of participation.
Furnished apartments are provided at no cost to protégés. Round-trip airfare is provided to summer working locations from anywhere within the United States and Puerto Rico. Protégés receive a regional bus pass that meets local transportation needs.
Protégés spend their first summer at NCAR or partnering labs, such as NOAA, in Boulder, Colorado. They participate in real research projects and take part in an eight-week scientific writing and communication workshop. Throughout the summer, protégés participate in seminars with peers and scientists, get mentored by scientists and professionals, explore career options, and learn about how to apply to and succeed in graduate programs. At the end of each summer, protégés present their research in a formal setting.
Protégés are funded to attend national scientific conferences to present their summer research. Successful protégés are also eligible to receive funding for undergraduate and graduate education.
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