UCAR EDUCATION AND OUTREACH PROGRAM
Roberta Johnson, Director, (303) 497-2591
The goals of UCAR's educational programs are to build bridges between scientific research and education, address
scientific educational needs, including those benefiting the
general public and to encourage
young people to enter the fields of science and technology.
In addition to the E&O Program, UCAR, NCAR, and UCAR Community Programs are home to various science education and training programs for all levels—from undergraduate to postdoc.
OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
Cynthia Schmidt, Director, (303)
UCAR's Office of Government Affairs monitors the activities of the U.S. Congress and keeps the UCAR community informed on budgetary, legislative, and policy developments involving the National Science Foundation, and other agencies of importance to the atmospheric and related sciences. The Office of Government Affairs also coordinates a number of outreach activities, including educational science briefings for Members of Congress and their staff.
SIGNIFICANT OPPORTUNITIES IN ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH AND SCIENCE
Rajul Pandya, Program Manager,
SOARS offers summer research internships at NCAR and partnering laboratories in Boulder, Colorado for students from many disciplines interested in the atmospheric and related sciences. The program is equal parts research internship, learning community, and mentoring program. SOARS offers comprehensive financial support for summer research and school for up to four years. Protégés, as we call our students, work with a team of scientists and mentors on a project matched to their interests and skills. They perform original research, prepare a scientific paper, present their research at a colloquium and are part of a diverse community of peers working together to become the next generation of scientific leaders.
SOARS' mission is to broaden participation in the atmospheric and related sciences, by involving more students from historically under-represented groups, including Black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, female, first-generation college students and students with disabilities. SOARS welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students.
UCAR COMMUNITY BUILDING PROGRAM
Raj Pandya, Director, (303) 497-2650
The mission of the UCAR Community Building Program is to work with university partners to develop and engage a diverse workforce in the atmospheric and related sciences.
The Community Building Program aims to build and support relationships that will broaden participation in the atmospheric and related sciences. These relationships will
• Encourage excellence within UCAR, NCAR, and UOP by nurturing a diverse workforce
• Support the UCAR university community’s efforts to broaden participation
• Improve UCAR’s ability to serve a diverse and global society
• We particularly seek to expand the UCAR community to include more institutions that serve students from groups that are under-represented in the sciences: historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and two-year colleges.