Attract Scientists to Atmospheric Sciences

A steady flow of talented new participants into the atmospheric and related sciences is essential for scientific progress on many of the most compelling problems facing society. NCAR is committed to fostering graduate and postgraduate research and education, providing opportunities for undergraduate participation in NCAR research, and promoting students' interest in the atmospheric and related sciences. As a national laboratory active in research, modeling, and observational activities, we can provide unique hands-on educational experiences and many opportunities for students, advisors, and early career scientists to collaborate with a wide variety of scientists and engineers. Over the next three to five years, NCAR will

  • Increase the number of postdoctoral appointments at NCAR
  • Increase the size of NCAR's graduate fellowship program, which supports joint work among graduate students, their university advisors, and NCAR researchers
  • Conduct educational activities/programs that integrate research and education in each NCAR laboratory, including work-study and summer programs for undergraduates in engineering, applied mathematics, and computer sciences that supplement the educational experiences they receive at universities
  • Continue aggressive outreach to qualified candidates for educational programs, with particular attention to attracting candidates from diverse backgrounds and disciplines
  • Bring science and engineering to students by providing Web-based access to near-real-time information about field campaigns and experiments and deploying NSF and NCAR observational facilities at or near universities and colleges
  • Increase the involvement of NCAR scientists and engineers in teaching, supervising students, and other educational activities in the university community, and engage this community in increasing diversity
  • Maintain a variety of early career employment options that provide entry points and pathways to different aspects of atmospheric and related research at NCAR and in the broader community