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SOARS - Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science

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Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior

Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

SOARS, Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science, is an undergraduate-to-graduate bridge program designed to broaden participation in the atmospheric and related sciences. The program is built around research, mentoring and community. SOARS participants spend up to four summers doing research in atmospheric and related sciences. SOARS offers comprehensive financial support for summer research, as well as undergraduate and graduate school funding. Over 90% of SOARS Participants have gone onto graduate school, and many have entered the workforce with a MS or gone on for their PhD.

Atmospheric Science includes research ranging from processes that are as small as how individual water molecules condense on dust and pollutants suspended in the air to examining how solar flares 2.5 times larger than the earth itself influence the upper atmosphere of the entire planet. Some of the exciting areas of research in our science include understanding a rapidly changing climate and its impact on the Earth and its inhabitants; severe weather events like hurricanes, tornadoes and floods; and the changing chemical composition of the atmosphere.

SOARS invites students from many disciplines--including meteorology, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, ecology, and the social sciences--to apply their expertise to understanding the Earth's Atmosphere. In particular, SOARS seeks to involve students from groups that are historically under-represented in the sciences, including Black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, female, first-generation college students and students with disabilities. SOARS welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students; students who have experienced, and worked to overcome, educational or economic disadvantage and/or have personal or family circumstances that may complicate their continued progress in research careers.


The 10-week summer program typically starts at the end of May and continues through mid-August. SOARS Participants spend up to four summers in the program.


SOARS Participants work 40 hours a week and earn a competitive wage, which increases with each year of participation.

Housing and Transportation

Furnished apartments are provided at no cost to Participants. Round-trip airfare is provided to summer working locations from anywhere within the United States and Puerto Rico. Participants receive a regional bus pass that meets local transportation needs.

Participating Institution(s):
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University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Applied Mathematics
Atmospheric Sciences
Computer Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Marine Sciences & Oceanography
STEM Fields

Climate Change
Global Warming
Mathematical Modelling
Physical Sciences
Scientific Computing

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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