Are you interested in working with talented young scientists? Join us as a SOARS mentor for the 2017 Summer Program: May 21 - August 5.
Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric and Related Sciences (SOARS) is dedicated to broadening participation in the atmospheric and related sciences. Each year, approximately 20 students spend their summers at UCAR, NOAA and our partner labs collaborating with their mentors to conduct original research. SOARS protégés are partnered with a team of mentors that includes a research mentor (or mentors), writing and computing mentors, and a coach (see more detailed descriptions below). We invite any interested UCAR/NCAR staff to get involved – no experience necessary!
For more information about mentoring, please see http://www.soars.ucar.edu/inside/mentor_FAQ.php. To sign up to be a mentor, fill out an application online at http://scied.ucar.edu/forms/volunteer-be-mentor or contact Bec Batchelor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following is a brief overview of the mentor types and their roles.
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 presentations. Research mentoring teams are welcome, especially if you have travel plans during the summer period.
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 scientific communications workshop and spends about two hours per week with the protégé.
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.
Coach (aka Community Mentor)
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.