Opportunities for Students

If you’re a student interested in and or currently studying the field of weather, water, and climate, attending an AMS meeting is an essential and important step in your career path.

  • Expand your knowledge.
  • Improve your research opportunities.
  • Share your own ideas.
  • Connect with experts.
  • Grow personally and professionally.

AMS wants to help you attend our meetings – we offer several support opportunities to make this possible:

Travel Grants

The 21st Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics and the19th Conference on Middle Atmosphere each have a Student Travel Grant Available.  Please see the Student Travel Grant Page for more information and to apply.

Student Awards


The AOFD Committee of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) is proud to award Best Student Prizes at the 21st Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics. These awards recognize outstanding student contributions based on an evaluation of the oral or poster presentation; students should indicate they want to be considered for such awards at the time of abstract submission.  Limited financial support is available for student participants.  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 their background; a copy of the meeting abstract should also be provided.  Applications should be sent in pdf format via email to the program chairs.  Awardees may not receive any concurrent travel support from the AMS (e.g., an AMS travel grant).  The selected students will be reimbursed by AMS (Ricky Sidla, rsidla@ametsoc.org) following the meeting with the proper receipts. Applications will be accepted through 1 March 2017 and all applicants will be notified of their application status on or before 1 May 2017.

For additional information regarding the meeting, please contact one the program chairpersons: Gang Chen (gchenpu@ucla.edu) and Andrew Thompson (andrewt@caltech) or committee members Juliana Dias (juliana.dias@noaa.gov) and Shafer Smith (shafer@cims.nyu.edu), 


The Middle Atmosphere committee is excited to award Best Student Presentation Prizes to recognize outstanding student oral and poster presentations.  Students are asked at the time of the abstract submission if they want to be considered for such awards.

For additional information please contact the program chairs, Natalia Calvo (nataliac@fis.ucm.es) and Margaret Hurwitz (margaret.m.hurwitz@]nasa.gov) or committee members Alan Plumb (plumb@mit.edu) and Nicholas Davis (ndcodeblue@gmail.com). 

Student Assistant

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 at least 1/2 a day from Sunday through Friday. The students will work either the first or second shift (i.e., morning or afternoon). 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 served basis. A limited number of students will be needed for the conference. Those students interested should please contact Ricky Sidla for details.