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 15, 2017.
  • Be a junior at the time of application (generally) and have at least one semester left in the fall of 2017 before graduating.
  • Complete the online Student Application Form, including the essay that is to be uploaded. The deadline was April 15, 2017.
  • 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
  • Ideally your department is on the list of UCAR member universities and colleges (one nomination per school)
  • 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 have U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.
  • Applicant is preferably a junior at the time of application and usually have at least one semester left in the fall of 2017 before graduating.
  • Students should have a reasonably strong GPA
  • Students should have an interested in the atmospheric sciences 


What are the dates and deadlines for the ULW?

  • The ULW will be held from July 9th through July 15th, 2017. 
  • The deadline for applying was currently April 15, 2017. 
  • The nomination deadline was April 15, 2017.
  • Students will be notified of acceptance by May 15, 2017.


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

  • The faculty member must complete the online Nomination Form and upload: (1) a letter of recommendation and an unofficial copy of the student's transcript. 
  • In general, please select a junior.  The student must have at least one semester remaining in the fall of 2017 before graduating.
  • In order for the nomination to be complete, the student must complete the online Student Application Form
  • The deadline for nominatoins is April 15, 2017.


As a faculty member, who should I nominate?

  • In general, please select a junior or senior
  • The student should generally have at least one semester remaining in the fall of 2017 before graduating.  
  • Consider their interest in atmospheric and related sciences, leadership potential, academic excellence, aptitude for research, and potential to gain from the experience. 
  • Involvement in AMS chapter activities or other meteorology or dedication to other activities is considered beneficial.


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 mentor relationships and 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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