SOARS fellowship created in honor of Anthes

Former UCAR president started student mentoring program

November 11, 2015 | A new fellowship for a young, promising student-scientist has been established in the name of former UCAR president Richard Anthes.

The Richard A. Anthes COSMIC Fellowship for SOARS was created by Ying-Hwa "Bill" Kuo, director of the COSMIC Program (Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate).

"This fellowship is in recognition of Rick's role as the founding father of SOARS and COSMIC and his tremendous contributions to both programs," said Kuo, who is also director of UCAR Community Programs. “Our research has benefitted from the participation of SOARS students, and I see this as a win-win arrangement for both programs.”

2015 Soars group
SOARS protégés in 2015. (©UCAR. Photo by Bonnie Sizer. This image is freely available for media & nonprofit use.)

SOARS (Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science) is entering its 20th year of providing research and mentoring support to undergraduate and graduate students from traditionally underrepresented communities. SOARS participants, called protégés, work with mentors on research projects in atmospheric and related sciences. The Anthes fellowship will support one of those SOARS participants each year.

"This is the first named fellowship for a SOARS protégé," said SOARS Director Rebecca Haacker. "We are thankful for the commitment of COSMIC and Rick to the program and excited that he is being acknowledged this way."

The COSMIC Program, which recently started a new, five-year cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation, will fund the Anthes Fellowship for the next five years under the cooperative agreement. A constellation of microsatellites launched in 2006, COSMIC uses an innovative method of tracking GPS radio signals to provide atmospheric data to 3,000 researchers in 85 countries. COSMIC-2, a follow-up mission to deliver even more atmospheric data, will consist of two constellations of six microsatellites each that will be launched in 2016 and 2019.

Rick Anthes
Former UCAR President Rick Anthes. (©UCAR. Photo by Carlye Calvin. This image is freely available for media & nonprofit use.)

"I am delighted that Bill Kuo has proposed a SOARS fellowship in my name sponsored by COSMIC," Anthes said. "SOARS means a lot to me personally—it was one of the programs I started that I am most proud of during my tenure as UCAR president. It has been successful beyond my expectations because of the protégés and the UCAR and NCAR scientists and staff who have mentored them."

Ninety percent of SOARS students have either gone on to graduate school or science or math-related careers. The program has garnered national recognition, including a 2001 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.

The Anthes fellow will be selected from SOARS applicants and will be directed toward students with an interest in remote sensing. Application information is available on the SOARS website.

Jeff Smith, Science Writer and Public Information Officer