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AMS Short Course on Meteorological Measurements and Instrumentation - CANCELLED

Student Opportunities


17th Symposium on Meteorological Observation and Instrumentation

9-13 June 2014, Westminster, CO


The 17th Symposium on Meteorological Observation and Instrumentation is sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and organized by the AMS Committee on Atmospheric Measurements.  It will be jointly held with the 21th Conference on Applied Climatology.  The conferences will be held 10-13 June, 2014, at the Denver Marriott Westminster Hotel in Westminster, Colorado. 

Important Dates

Early Registration Deadline: 26 April 2014
Hotel Reservation Deadline: 2 May 2014
Presentation Upload: 2 June 2014
Extended Abstract Deadline: 21 July 2014


Interested Sponsors may contact Gillian Peguero at or (617) 226-3971.


Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements.  All meeting sessions for the conferences will be held at the Denver Marriott Westminster, 7000 Church Ranch Boulevard, Westminster, CO 80021.

We urge to book your hotel room at the Denver Marriott Westminster as revenue from sleeping rooms helps offset other meeting costs and is passed down to attendees in keeping registration rates to a minimum.

A block of rooms have been reserved at the hotel for meeting attendees at the special rate of $156 single/double plus tax.  Rates do not include applicable state and local taxes, currently 13.51%.

To book your room, please call 1-888-825-3168 and reference the American Meteorological Society room block or by using the following link:

Book your group rate: AMS Applied/SMOI

These special rates will be available the three days before and after the conference based on availability. We urge you to make reservations early since space is limited.  Reservations made after 2 May, 2014 are on a space available basis and the group rate is not guaranteed.


All attendees must register to attend the conference. Registration may be completed online, via fax-in form, or onsite. Everyone presenting (both oral and poster) and/or attending must register and wear a badge. Be sure to register by 04/26/14 in order to receive the lower registration rate. Registrations received at AMS from 04/27/14 and through the conference dates will be processed at the higher rate (see rates below). After 05/12/14 please register at the meeting or online. Payment may be made with check, purchase order (hard copy required) or credit card (MasterCard/VISA/American Express). FAXED registration forms must be accompanied by payment (PO or credit card # only).



The full-week package includes admission to all conferences, exhibits, coffee breaks, ice breaker reception, and one ticket to Wednesday's Luncheon.


The one-day package includes for one calendar day admission to all conferences, exhibits, and coffee breaks for one day. The Wednesday luncheon ticket is NOT included.


Early Registration


Late Registration

Early Registration


Late Registration




Through 26 April

27 April - 7 June


Through 26 April

27 April - 7 June


AMS Full Member;
Program/Session Chair 








Non-member Speaker, Poster Presenter; AMS Associate Member; Cosponsoring Society Member
















Retired Member








AMS Student Member








Student Non-Member










AMS Short Course on Meteorological Measurements and Instrumentation, 8-9 June 2014


The Boulder Area Field Tour will still place even though the short course has been cancelled.

Field Tour Around the Boulder Area to Visit Current Observing Sites, 9 June 2014
Join us in Boulder one day early to join the AMS’s Short Course Day 2 tour around the Boulder area to visit current observing sites including: NCAR Marshall Field instrument test bed, NCAR aircraft facility, NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network), NCAR S-pol radar facility and the Vaisala facility. We will include a stop in Boulder to purchase lunch at the participant’s cost.

Tickets ($55) must be purchased in advance by 30 May. Tickets are available along with your registration package or may be added to an existing registration by e-mailing Cara Campbell: Between 31 May and 5 June, please e-mail Cara (address above) for space-availability (on-line registration will be closed and tickets will not be available on-site.) Refunds will be granted (less a $25 processing fee) until 23 May only.”

Timetable to be posted by 16 May.


Wednesday, 11 June 12:00–1:30 p.m.
A ticket is needed to attend the Wednesday Luncheon. One ticket to the 17th Symposium on Meteorological Observation and Instrumentation/21th Conference on Applied Climatology Luncheon is included in the full-week registration package. The Luncheon will take place at the Denver Marriott Westminster Hotel. Guest and/or additional tickets ($50 each) may be purchased on-site until noon Tuesday 10 June. Any special dietary requests should be communicated to an AMS staff member by Tuesday 10 June.

Student Opportunities

Student Awards

The Robert Leviton Student Prize is presented for the best student paper on the development or evaluation of atmospheric instrumentation or unique measurement techniques. The Committee on Measurements will submit a recommendation to the STAC Commissioner, who approves the recommendation. To be considered for the prize, an entrant should either be enrolled as a full-time student or be a student who has just completed a degree but has not yet begun employment at the time the paper is given or submitted for publication. The prize, an AMS reference book, $300, plus a certificate, was established to recognize Robert Leviton, who devoted nearly his entire professional career to endeavors related to the measurement of wind, temperature, pressure, and humidity in the atmosphere. He was one of the pioneers in reducing large datasets from radiosondes using a computer.

The AMS measurements committee will review all student presentations and posters at the Symposium and provide an evaluation to the committee chair.  The chair will tally votes provided by the committee members to distribute this award.  In the event of a tie, the committee will vote on the finalists.

Travel funding assistance for students:

Several funding sources are available for students to attend the AMS 17th Symposium on Meteorological Observations and Instrumentation.

  1. Conference Organizers Travel Awards:
    The AMS Measurements Committee is offering $500 travel awards for up to three student AMS members who are presenting papers/posters at the meeting.  The award is to be used for travel expenses to and from the conference and lodging in Westminster, CO.  Funding is available to both graduate and undergraduate students, but is limited to one award per educational institution.  Furthermore, the awardee may not receive any concurrent travel support from the AMS (e.g., an AMS travel grant).  The selected students will be required to pay for any travel up-front, and be reimbursed by AMS (Gillian Peguero, after the conference with proper receipts.

    To apply, students should prepare a short written statement (no more than one page) declaring their financial need and circumstance, relevance of their research to the conference, and how they will benefit from attending the conference.  Applicants should also provide a copy of their abstract for the meeting.  Applications should be sent in pdf format via email to the conference chair: Wendy Ryan (   Applications will be accepted through 7 March 2014 and selected students will be notified around the end of March 2014.  Interested applicants or questions about the award should contact the conference Chair.  The measurements committee will evaluate and vote for student award winners based on these written statements with names/affiliations removed.
  1. AMS Student Travel Grants:, air/hotel/registration fee awards for student AMS members not presenting at the conference.

  2. AMS Student Assistant Program:
    Volunteer students are needed for registration and audio/visual support during the conference. Student volunteers are required to be in attendance the entire conference, and be available to work each day of the conference. For volunteering, the student will get their registration fee waived and $25.00 per day for food allowance. This program is a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of students will be needed for the conference. Those students interested please contact Ms. Gillian Peguero, at


A Formal Poster Viewing is scheduled for Tuesday Evening of the conference. Poster set up and tear down times will be provided soon.

While laptop tables are available by request (please email, electricity access is not. There will not be wireless access in the poster area.

Please note that AMS is not responsible for posters not removed by the tear down time.

Enterprise is the official rental car agency for this meeting and special rates are available. Advance reservations may be made on-line at Select “Corporate Account” then “Make a reservation”. Then you simply enter this account # 10AT034 and the first three letters of the account name (AME) or by calling Enterprise at 1-800-593-0505. When making a reservation, please mention the AMS Corporate account number.

Driving Directions from Denver International Airport:
Travel south and take the ramp onto Pena Blvd. Travel 11.4 miles and merge onto I-70 W. Travel 3.6 miles and take a slight right onto I-270 W. Travel 6.8 miles and continue onto US-36 W. Travel 6.8 miles and take the 104th Ave exit toward Church Ranch Blvd. Travel 0.3 miles and turn left onto W 104th Ave. Continue onto Church Ranch Blvd. Travel 0.2 miles and make a left turn at light at 103rd Ave. The hotel will be on the left.

Alternate Transportation:
SuperShuttle; fee: $27 one-way and $48 roundtrip

To make reservations please visit their reservation webpage or call 1-800-258-3826 (1-800-BLUE-VAN).  Please use the group code 21CAC when making your reservation. You must enter or mention the group code in order to receive the special rate.

Complimentary on-site parking is available.


Special Needs

It is the Society's sincere desire to comply fully with both the letter and the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.  Attendees with special needs at the conference should check with the AMS Meetings Department (617) 226-3971, four–six weeks prior to the meeting to request special arrangements.  Special housing needs should be requested when making hotel reservations.




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