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Project Name: Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Science and Research (SOARS)

Location:   University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO

Contact information:
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307-3000
Phone: 303-497-2650


Main Project description/purpose

SOARS is a multiyear undergraduate-to-graduate bridge program that is equal parts learning community, mentoring program, and research internship.  At the heart of SOARS is a ten-week summer program in which protégés conduct research at UCAR (NCAR, UOP or EO) or laboratories of other SOARS sponsors.  A strong learning community, multi-dimensional mentoring program, writing workshop, and leadership training augment the research internship.  In addition, SOARS offers opportunities for up to four summers of research, funding for graduate school, and funding for conference travel for protégés to present their research.

Education and Outreach Mission and Goals

The mission of SOARS® is to broaden participation in the atmospheric and related sciences by engaging students from groups historically underrepresented in science and preparing them to succeed in graduate school.  These groups include Black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, female, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities.  SOARS welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students.  This mission contributes to national goals of developing a diverse, internationally competitive, and globally engaged workforce of scientists and engineers.

Primary Audience(s) served (i.e., high school teachers, college students, etc.)

Undergraduate students, Beginning Graduate Schools