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June 20, 2017

ATS hosts North Carolina A&T State University undergrads

Five undergraduate students from North Carolina A&T State University visited the department June 4-10, as part of the department’s NSF-GEOPATHS program and a collaboration with Prof. Solomon Bililign from the North Carolina school. Prof. Scott Denning and Melissa Burt are the CSU co-PIs for the NSF-GEOPATHS program. The goals of their visit were to:

  1. Actively engage with CSU faculty and students who work in complementary research areas
  2. Expose NCA&T students to the larger atmospheric science community
  3. Prepare NCA&T students for an REU experience outside of their home institution
  4. Inform NCA&T students about graduate school opportunities at Colorado State University

A fully immersive experience in the atmospheric sciences was planned for the students, including tours of the department, opportunities to present and learn about ATS research, professional development workshops, and three field trips to research facilities (e.g., the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Pawnee Grasslands Shortgrass Steppe Long Term Ecological Research site, and the NADP field site in Rocky Mountain National Park). The NCA&T students also interacted with our REU Site In Climate Science interns, including visiting the National Center for Atmospheric Research together.

Photo at top: From left to right, Ari Brown, Jennifer Plakyda, Bianca Rhym, Marquin Spann and Julian Gordon at the NADP field site near Rocky Mountain National Park. 

At 12,005 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park, from left to right, back row: Marquin Spann, Torrie Moss, Bianca Rhym and Ari Brown; front row: Prof. Scott Denning, Jennifer Plakyda, Education & Diversity Manager Melissa Burt and Julian Gordon.

REU Site in Climate Science interns and NCA&T students visit NCAR’s Research Aviation Facility.

REU Site in Climate Science interns and NCA&T students visit NCAR Mesa Lab.

Katie Benedict discusses some of the measurements taken at the NADP field site.