Undergraduate Leadership Workshop (ULW)

This five-day immersion experience at NCAR in Boulder, CO, gives college students a chance to explore careers in the atmospheric sciences, and develop their leadership potential. Scientific areas of focus include weather, forecasting, climate modeling, solar dynamics, and societal impacts of severe weather and climate change.  The leadership components of the workshop will involve team-building and awareness, networking, and developing communications skills. The 2018 Undergraduate Leadership Workshop runs from June 3 - 9 this year. 

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Career Development

Participating students will have a chance to hear from scientists on their research, to visit several labs and facilities, and to participate in career panels with panelists from both academia and the private sector. Past participants have said that the ULW opened their eyes to a whole new world in atmospheric science, and that at the ULW they connected with peers with similar interests.

Leadership Training

Participating students learn about what informal leadership looks like, and how people with leadership qualities use values to guide their choices and actions. The students will have discussions with leaders at NCAR/UCAR, such as the Director of NCAR, Dr. Jim Hurrell, one of the first developers of groundbreaking atmospheric computer models.

Mentoring, Teamwork, and Exploring Careers

Students have one-on-one conversations with mentors to hear about what life is like in the atmospheric sciences, and get guidance on their own career paths. We also hold career panels with atmospheric scientists working in academia and the private sector, which gives students a taste of possible career tracks. This past year, students worked in groups on creating career profiles in the atmospheric sciences. 

Developing Professional and Career Skills

Students participate in seminars on graduate school and professional development workshops, including communications trainThese seminars and workshop are designed to help students succeed in any field they decide to pursueThese are designed to help them succeed in whatever endeavors they pursue. 

This year we will focus on characteristics of good leadership, including a workshop component to guide students through understanding how our own strengths are different (and often complementary) of those of others, and how to embrace our own strengths.  We will also look at how team dynamics can be affected by understanding strengths and weaknesses, and discover how there is real richness, compassion, and power in bringing people with different perspectives together.  

Making Connections with Peers

Students come from around the nation where they connect with peers and immerse themselves in a scientific communityand experience. With the support of the ULW staff, mentors, and the student cohort, students can discover their own passions and new possibilities.

The Long-term Impacts of the NCAR Undergraduate Leadership Workshop

Long-term program outcomes for participants have included: 1) the development of a long-term and close professional network of peers, 2) a sense of belonging to a group of students with similar interests, 3) a raised awareness of the wide range of career paths in the atmospheric sciences, and 4) an increase in interest in pursuing a STEM graduate degree or career.  To read more, see this article Long-Term Impacts of a Career Development Workshop for Undergraduates (2017).



The deadline for applying to the ULW and nominating a student to the ULW is March 30th. For more information, please contact us at ulw_at_ucar.edu.



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