This five-day immersion experience at NCAR in Boulder, Colorado, gives rising senior undergraduate students a chance to explore careers in the atmospheric sciences and develop their leadership potential.
Areas of scientific focus include weather research, forecasting, climate modeling, solar dynamics, and societal impacts of severe weather and climate change.
The leadership components of the workshop involve team building and awareness, networking, and developing communication skills.
Students have a chance to hear from scientists about their research and to visit several labs and facilities. Participants also attend career panels with atmospheric scientists working in academia and the private sector. Past participants have said that the Undergraduate Leadership Workshop opened their eyes to a whole new world in atmospheric science and that the workshop allowed them to connect with peers who have similar interests.
Students learn about what informal leadership looks like and how people with leadership qualities use values to guide their choices and actions. The students will have discussions with leaders at NCAR and UCAR.
Students have one-on-one conversations with mentors to hear about what life is like in the atmospheric sciences and to get guidance on their own career paths.
DEVELOPING PROFESSIONAL AND CAREER SKILLS
Students participate in seminars on graduate school and in professional development workshops, including communications training. These seminars and workshops are designed to help students succeed in any field they decide to pursue.
Topics include characteristics of good leadership, including a workshop component that guides students through understanding how our own strengths are different than (and often complementary to) those of others and how to embrace our own strengths. Participants also look at how team dynamics can be affected by understanding strengths and weaknesses, and they discover how there is real richness, compassion, and power in bringing people with different perspectives together.
MAKING CONNECTIONS WITH PEERS
Students from around the nation connect with peers and immerse themselves in a scientific community during the Undergraduate Leadership Workshop. With the support of staff, mentors, and the student cohort, students can discover their own passions and new possibilities.
THE LONGTERM IMPACTS OF THE NCAR UNDERGRADUATE LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP
Longterm program outcomes for participants include the development of a close, professional network of peers; a sense of belonging to a group of students with similar interests; a raised awareness of the wide range of career paths in the atmospheric sciences; and an increased interest in pursuing a STEM graduate degree or career.