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 15 March 2020.  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 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 Marissa Welch for details.

Travel Grants

AMS funds non-presenting students to attend AMS meetings.  Please visit the Student Travel Grant Page for more information and to apply.  The application deadline is 13 March 2020.