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OUCAMS
Athens, Ohio
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    Hello and welcome to the official page of the Ohio University Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, also known as OUCAMS! This local chapter became affiliated with the American Meteorological Society in 2009, after being established four years earlier as the OU Meteorology Club. Over our relatively short history, OUCAMS has grown tremendously, with about 50 members this past year. The club also received the honor of AMS Student Chapter of the Year, for its efforts during the 2014-2015 school year, Chapter Honor Roll for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school year and AMS Student Chapter of the Year again during the 2018-2019 school year. As a student organization at Ohio University, OUCAMS is open to all majors and works to build a community of students who have an interest or a passion for weather. This club is built around community outreach, professional development, academic achievement, and social events.

    Community outreach is a high priority for our chapter, and there are many ways members can get involved. We are currently involved in the Adopt-A-Highway program, volunteering at the Southeast Ohio Foodbank, boxing care packages for soldiers overseas, and we are always looking for more ways to volunteer around the Athens area. Local school outreach is another big part of what we do, which includes visiting local elementary schools to teach students about the weather through interactive activities and experiments, as well as participating in school events hosted on Ohio University’s campus.

    OUCAMS also focuses a lot on professional development and networking. One of the ways we internally foster professional development is by doing a peer mentor / mentee program. In this program we are able to pair up an underclassman with an upperclassman in order to help ease their transition to the university as well as sharing knowledge that the mentor has learned during their years as a meteorology major. In addition, every spring we host a Meteorology Symposium which is the highlight of our professional development events. We typically bring in 8 speakers from all different backgrounds: from an on-air broadcast meteorologist to a Weather Officer in the US Air Force, we make sure to have speakers from the public, private, and government sectors. This allows students to get a better understanding of the different career paths in meteorology as well as a chance to network with professionals in a less intimidating environment. In addition, this local chapter of the American Meteorological society has about 20 students travel to the annual AMS conference every year with a handful of students presenting their research. This conference also serves as a great networking opportunity for our members with the chance to talk to graduate school programs as well as other leading meteorology professionals.

    Beyond all of the outreach and professional development, OUCAMS has a big social aspect. Trips to the movies are common amongst members, along with intramural sports, game nights, the annual Alumni Spaghetti Dinner, and our Spring Cabin Trip in the Hocking Hills! The goal is to create a community of students with similar interests.

    Overall, the faculty and students involved with Ohio University’s meteorology program will make your time here at the university enjoyable and beneficial to your future. I highly encourage anyone that is interested in meteorology to join! Please feel free to follow OUCAMS on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates on our events, and if you would like more information about joining OUCAMS feel free to email me at ig594516@ohio.edu.

    All the Best,
    Isabel Gregorek
    2020-2021 President of the Ohio University Chapter of the American Meteorological Society