HAO Colloquium - Kadidia Thiero, UCAR SOARS

Building and Maintaining Partnerships with Academia, Geosciences Organizations, and Government Agencies:  Creating Sustainable Pathways for Interns

The Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) Program has leveraged collaborations and partnerships in academia, government, and geosciences organizations since 1996; in order to prepare and entrain underrepresented students in STEM careers.  The partnerships are crucial for internship opportunities, as well as mentoring, which remains the most critical factor in successful outcomes for participation in undergraduate research.

SOARS currently maintains partnerships in academia with Colorado State University; University of Colorado, Boulder; and through SOARS Satellites -- University of Central Florida; and University of Illinois, Urban-Champaign. Collaborations with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Collaboration Program, which provides additional funding for SOARS Protégés to conduct research at the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory in Colorado. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is the core funder of SOARS; and partnerships with other academic institutions, also provide research opportunities for Protégés.

The partnership with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and the National Center for Atmospheric Research connects the earth system science and atmospheric science organizations to SOARS; providing access to multiple laboratories throughout the enterprise, as well as Mentors, which creates pathways to careers. SOARS would like to expand the partnerships with geoscience organizations to include those in the private sector, which is another clear pathway to careers in this field.

Authors:  Kadidia Thiero, Laura Allen - University Corporation of Atmospheric Research, Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science, Boulder, CO

1Reginald A. Blake, Janet Liou-Mark, Chinedu Chukuigwe. 2013. An Effective Model for Enhancing Underrepresented Minority Participation and Success in Geoscience Undergraduate Research. Journal of Geoscience Education, 61, 405-414.

Date and time: 
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm