Undergraduate Development Programs (BRIDGE, ULW, HERS)

Undergraduate Development Programs
ULW & Haskell/NCAR Environmental Assessment Training


NCAR 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, bond with peers from around the nation, 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 focuses on characteristics of good leadership, and guides students through understanding how our own strengths are different and often complementary from those of others, and how to embrace our own strengths and the power of bringing people with different perspectives together.

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.

ULW group Photo

Group photo of the ULW participants.


Haskell/NCAR Environmental Assessment Training (HERS)

The Haskell-NCAR Environmental Assessment Training is a one-week summer program created through a partnership among Haskell Indian Nations University, the University of Kansas, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and is dedicated to engaging Native American students in Earth system science. By bringing Indigenous and scientific communities closer together, the program aims to advance student understanding in Earth system science in an effort to increase the number of Native students continuing to graduate study in STEM fields.

The training is hosted at NCAR in Boulder, Colorado, and functions as a capstone for the HERS Institute, which is an 8-week summer science research internship program at Haskell Indian Nations University for Native American and Native Hawaiian students from around the country.

Over the week-long training, the students conduct a case study of a meteorological event by collecting and analyzing archived surface observation data. To help in understanding this data collection process, the students build a meteorological tower at NCAR’s Marshall Field site and learn how to collect data from the tower’s instruments. The students also participate in a day of hydrological fieldwork, in which they explore the impacts of mining on runoff water along the Rocky Mountain Front Range. At the end of the week, the students present the results of their case study to their mentors.

HERS group Photo

Group photo of the HERS participants