FAQs about the ULW

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 
 

 

 

 

How does a student apply to attend the ULW?

  • Ask a faculty member to be nominated.  The deadline for nominations is April 10th.
  • Be a sophomore, junior, or senior at the time of application and generally have at least one semester left this coming fall before graduating.
  • Complete the online Student Application Form, including the essay that is to be uploaded. The deadline is April 10th.
  • Check that the faculty member has completed the Nomination Form
  • Make sure that your unofficial transcripts are uploaded - either by your nominating faculty member, or by you
  • Note: Students may talk to faculty about their interest in attending the ULW. Their department will decide who to nominate.
  • Note: Workshop participants are selected from a competitive pool of applicants.

 

Who is eligible to participate?

  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a bachelro's program in the atmospheric or related sciences in a U.S. institution.
  • Applicant is preferably a junior at the time of application and usually have at least one semester left in the fall before graduating.
  • Students should have a reasonably strong GPA

NCAR encourages applications from individuals who are members of a group that is historically underrepresented in the atmospheric and related sciences, including students who are Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Hispanic or Latino, female, first generation college students, veterans and students with disabilities. The ULW welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students.

What are the dates and deadlines for the ULW?

  • The ULW will be held from June 3rd through June 9th.
  • The deadline for applying is currently April 10th. 
  • The nomination deadline is April 10th.
  • Students will be notified of acceptance by May 1.

 

As a faculty member, how do I nominate a student?

  • The faculty member must complete the online Nomination Form and upload a letter of recommendation
  • Either the student or faculty member must upload an unofficial copy of the student's transcript. 
  • In general, juniors, and seniors are eligibla, and ideally, the student has at least one semester remaining in the fall before graduating.
  • In order for the nomination to be complete, the student must complete the online Student Application Form
  • The deadline for nominations is April 10th.

 

As a faculty member, who should I nominate?

  • In general, please select a junior or senior. Sophomores do qualify on some occasions.
  • The student should generally have at least one semester remaining in the fall before graduating, and is expected to share their insights about NCAR and opportunities in the atmospheric sciences with students upon their return to school..  
  • Consider the student's interest in atmospheric and related sciences, potential to gain from the experience, academic excellence, and leadership qualities, including those of quiet or introverted leaders.
  • The ULW strives to have diverse representation of universities and student backgrounds in the cohort each year. We encourage applications from individuals who are members of a group that is historically underrepresented in the atmospheric and related sciences, including students who are Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Hispanic or Latino, female, first generation college students, veterans, and students with disabilities. The ULW welcomes LGBT students.

 

What is the benefit to my department/school?

  • Student participants will return to the school with a greater awareness of possible career paths in the atmospheric sciences, a better understanding of the professional skills needed, and insights about graduate school. We will encourage them to share these insights with and support their peers at school.

 

How does the student benefit?

  • Students will get to explore careers in the atmospheric sciences, learn about leadership, gain professional skills, and come away with a peer network that will provide support for years. 

 

What is my department’s financial responsibility?

  • The academic institution must cover the cost of student travel to and from Boulder.  This includes, but is not limited to, airfare, baggage fees, and ground transportation.
  • Exceptions include Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) such as HBCUs, HSIs, and Tribal Colleges, which will receive full transportation support for the student.
  • NCAR will provide accommodation, per diem for meals, and local travel while the student is attending the workshop in Boulder, Colorado.

 

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