Volunteer as a Mentor for the 2011 SOARS Summer Program

Greetings from the SOARS Program! We’d like to invite all UCAR, NCAR, UOP Staff to consider volunteering as a SOARS Research, Writing or Computing Mentor, or Coach for the 2011 Summer Program: May 24-August 5.

SOARS is dedicated to broadening participation in the atmospheric and related sciences.  Each year, 20 to 25 students spend their summers at UCAR collaborating with their mentors to conduct original research. 

The following is a brief overview of the mentor types and their roles.

Research Mentor

The research mentor works with the protégé on a research topic of mutual interest. On average, a project mentor spends about ten hours per week with a protégé discussing the project, guiding research, teaching scientific methods, and helping the protégé with their research paper and presentation.

Writing Mentor

A writing mentor offers one-on-one feedback to their protégé on writing and presentations. The writing mentor supplements the instruction protégés receive in their weekly writing workshop and spends about two hours per week with the protégé.

Computing Mentor

The computing mentor helps the protégé learn the computing skills necessary to complete their project. Mentoring includes providing one-on-one tutoring, recommending resources and helping debug or troubleshoot code.


Each first-year SOARS protégé is assigned a coach. The coach meets approximately once a week to help their protégé develop solutions to troubling situations by helping them define the problem, envision the way they would like things to be, and develop and implement steps to get there.

For more information, please see http://www.soars.ucar.edu/inside/mentor_FAQ.php

To volunteer as a mentor, fill out an application online at https://survey.ucar.edu/s?s=6812

No prior experience is necessary.

Will this event be webcast to the public by NCAR|UCAR?: 
Announcement Timing: 
February 25, 2011 to March 31, 2011