ESSIC recently hosted a unique research workshop for AOSC grad and undergrad students at its University of Maryland Research Park (M-Square) location.
Adam Greeley, president of MetoGrads, a University of Maryland graduate student organization focused around the field of meteorology, organized the event. The workshop was conceived to help build connections between science organizations and students.
Four speakers from the UMD Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and the Joint Global Change Research Institute, highlighted career and research opportunities for students.
“The undergraduates had a great chance to not only see the centers but also network… and really make that introduction with the agency,” Greeley said.
The opportunity was especially helpful for students who are carrying out research with limited funding. The meeting provided access to companies with available resources so students have the chance to advance their ventures.
The event was also beneficial for the organizational attendees by providing a direct link to a pool of students.
As many as 40 students attended the event, which Greeley hopes will become an annual one, given the turn out and positive feedback. As a follow-up, Greeley is currently working with the various organizational directors to create an online list of opportunities for interested students.