Student Opportunities

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:

Award Opportunities

Tthe AMS Committee on Tropical Meteorology and Tropical Cyclones is proud to award Student Prizes and Student Travel Awards at the 34th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology. 

Upon submission of abstracts, student authors may elect to enter the competition for student awards. Oral presenters may compete for the Max Eaton award and the Outstanding Student Oral Presentation awards.  Student poster presenters may compete for the Outstanding Student Poster awards. Students who compete for the Max Eaton award or the Outstanding Student Oral Presentation awards are required to submit extended abstracts.  The extended abstracts, with the limit of 1,000 words, will be used to pre-screen submissions.  Instructions for formatting extended abstracts will be posted on the AMS website. First place oral and first place poster presentations will be awarded $200 each. Second place oral and poster presentations will be awarded $125 each. Third place oral and poster presentations will be awarded $100 each. 

Authors of accepted student presentations will be notified via e-mail by late December 2019.  The student deadline for submission of extended abstracts for inclusion in the competitions is 25 March 2021.  The growth of the conference necessitates that not all submissions for the oral competition will get oral slots.  Submissions intended for the oral competition not granted an oral slot will automatically be entered in the poster competition.

The conference program committee is also offering student travel awards ($400 each) to help supplement travel expenses.  To be eligible for a travel award, students must be current AMS student members and have submitted an abstract for presentation at the meeting. To apply, please send your CV, the submitted abstract, and a brief (1/2 page) justification to the program chairperson, Eric Blake at by the abstract deadline of 1 December 2019. Awarded students will be notified by 1 February 2020. 

For more information, please contact the program chair, Eric Blake at 

Student Assistant

Volunteer students are needed for virtual technical support and time keeping 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 Monday 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 Marissa Welch for details.

Professional and Respectful Conduct at AMS Meetings

Need to report unprofessional or disrespectful conduct? Email or call 617-226-3965.

  • AMS is committed to safe and inclusive meetings for all attendees.
  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated at any meeting or event associated with the meeting.
  • All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Be inclusive and respectful.
  • This statement is meant to cover all meeting-associated events, including those sponsored by organizations other than AMS but held in relation to AMS events.  This includes the scientific program, short courses, and exhibitions, as well as receptions, town hall meetings, and other informal or formal gatherings associated with AMS. Similarly, participants shall adhere to this code of conduct in online spaces related to the meeting and meeting-associated events, including Facebook, Twitter, and other online venues.
  • Those who violate the standards of professional and respectful conduct may be asked to leave the meeting immediately and without refund, may not be considered for service on AMS boards and committees, and may be subject to additional legal action.
  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination includes offensive comments and actions related to age, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.
  • If you are the subject of unacceptable behavior or have witnessed any such behavior, please immediately:
  • If you witness or experience behavior that constitutes an immediate and serious threat, please call 911.
  • Members of the response team: 
    • Keith Seitter, Executive Director
    • Stephanie Armstrong, Associate Executive Director
    • Brian Papa, Associate Executive Director
    • Claudia Gorski, Director of Meetings
    • Jen Ives, Associate Director of Meetings
    • Jenn Rosen, Senior Meetings and Exhibits Manager
    • Wendy Abshire, Education Program Director