This five-day immersion experience at NCAR in Boulder, Colorado, gives undergraduate students a chance to explore careers in the atmospheric sciences and develop their leadership potential.
The leadership components of the workshop involve team building and leadership training, networking, and developing communication skills. Areas of scientific focus include weather research, forecasting, climate modeling, solar dynamics, and societal impacts of severe weather and climate change.
Together we look at qualities of good leadership and how people with leadership traits use values to guide their choices and actions. Students look at understanding how our own strengths are different than - and often complementary to - those of others and how to embrace our strengths. Participants also learn how team dynamics can be affected by understanding strengths and weaknesses, and they discover how thel richness, compassion, and power of bringing different perspectives together. Students will have the chance to meet professionals in different leadership positions at NCAR and UCAR.
Students have a chance to hear from scientists about their research and to visit labs and facilities. Participants also attend career panels with grad students, academics, and private sector scientists. 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 from across the nation.
Students have one-on-one conversations with mentors to hear about what life is like in the atmospheric sciences or related field, and to get guidance on their own career paths. They are encouraged to explore paths that fold together the student's knowledge, skills, and heartfelt interests, and to expand their connections in those area.
DEVELOPING PROFESSIONAL AND CAREER SKILLS
Students participate in seminars on graduate school and in professional development workshops, including communications training. This may include improving listening skills, giving an elevator speech, and improving job application materials. These seminars are designed to help students succeed in any field they decide to pursue.
MAKING CONNECTIONS WITH PEERS
Students from around the nation connect with peers and immerse themselves in an inclusive 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 diverse group of students with overlapping interests; a raised awareness of career paths in the atmospheric sciences; and an increased interest in pursuing a STEM graduate degree or career.
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