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Mesoscale & Climatological Research Program

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Summer research positions are available for undergraduate students to investigate several aspects of mesoscale weather systems using a variety of meteorological data sets. Accepted students will conduct research investigations in close collaboration with Dr. Neil Laird and Dr. Nicholas Metz during an 8-week summer program at Hobart & William Smith Colleges. Students will receive a summer salary of $4,200 ($525 per week), free housing on the HWS campus (with kitchen facilities, full utilities, and internet), and reimbursement of travel costs to and from Geneva, NY.

A variety of projects are being planned for student researchers to work independently and in small groups during the summer research program. Projects will use a combination of operational data sets (radar, satellite, surface), field project and mesonet data sets, historical reanalysis data sets, and computer model simulations. Students will develop or enhance skills related to working with meteorological software and large databases, statistical analysis techniques, and scientific writing and presentation. In most cases, students will have opportunities for funded travel to present their research results at upcoming regional or national scientific meetings, such as the AMS Annual Student Conference.

This research is funded by the National Science Foundation and HWS. Students will have the opportunity to interact closely with Dr. Neil Laird, Dr. Nicholas Metz, and several visiting researchers during the program, as well as forecasters at National Weather Service forecast offices in Buffalo and Binghamton, NY. There will be opportunity to collect atmospheric measurements of local/regional weather conditions and participate in a group trip to the Mt. Washington Observatory. Additionally, several visits are planned to graduate programs in the northeastern United States.

Participating Institution(s):
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Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Lead)

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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Applied Mathematics
Atmospheric Sciences
STEM Fields

Climate Variability
Mesoscale Meteorology

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

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