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Award Applications

While the Wiki is first being populated, examples of formatting are provided below in the form of an example student and regular chapter.

Note: This page is to share some of the activities you included in your Chapter of the Year Award applications, NOT your entire award application! If you'd like more guidance, please contact LCAC.



General Example

The National AMS currently offers four different annual awards four our local chapters:

  • Student Local Chapter of the Year
  • Regular Local Chapter of the Year
  • Student Best Poster at the Annual Meeting
  • Regular Best Poster at the Annual Meeting

In addition to these awards, Chapter Honor Roll status for runner-ups is awarded on an annual basis, for both student and regular chapters, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for both student and regular chapter posters are awarded each year at the annual meeting.

Local Chapter of the Year Application

Each year, local chapters are given the opportunity to submit an application for our Local Chapter of the Year awards. Applications are due on 1 May each year, and can be accessed here. We encourage all chapters, big and small, old and new, to apply each year. The committee often awards Chapter of the Year and Honor Roll status based on rapid growth, innovative methods, and service to the community and National AMS.

There are three main questions that must be answered as part of the application:

  1. In the past year, what has your chapter done for your members?
  2. In the past year, what has your chapter done for your community?
  3. In the past year, what has your chapter done for the national AMS?

We find that, in general, local chapters answer the first two questions exceptionally well year in and year out. Recently, however, with so many chapters doing new and innovative things, we have put more emphasis on question three. We are very interested to see what you are doing to help with the National AMS! We don't just mean how many of your members are national members... we want to know how you are spreading the message of the AMS, the field of meteorology, and science as a whole. We also want to know if you are helping other, younger and smaller chapters. A great way to do that is to keep the wiki updated!

Annual Poster Awards

Over recent years, we have seen more and more excellent posters at the annual AMS meeting. This is wonderful, but it also means that the competition can be fierce! Here are a few things that we are looking for in a solid chapter poster:

  • Great Information: Is it all pretty pictures, or did you do something amazing this year that you want to tell AMS about?
  • Clear, concise, and crisp: Short, informational text that is clear and easy to read.
  • Innovation: We want to see new ideas! Unique posters have a much better chance of impressing the judges.
  • Color and Design: Does your poster draw in the viewer? Is there a lot of color, clear images, and a compelling design? Glossy can certainly help, but isn't everything!

Example Student Chapter

2012-2013

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Example Regular Chapter

2012-2013

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Metropolitan Atlanta Regular Chapter

2013-2014


Central Oklahoma Regular Chapter

2012-2013


Cornell University Student Chapter

2013-2014


University of Delaware Student Chapter

2012-2013


University of Georgia Student Chapter

2012-2013

Guest Speaker Series Lineup

Community Outreach at local schools and programs

Campus Outreach


Iowa State University Student Chapter

2012-2013

Expanding network connections

This past year we have expanded the quantity of network opportunities. Professionals from NCAR, NCEP, NSSL, delegation from the Chinese Academy of Science, CSU- CHILL radar presented and networked with out chapter. Our chapter also toured meteorological facilities, including a local news station, a NWS office, NSSL and SPC.

Social Events

In order to help our members connect and bond, the chapter has hosted a number of new events. Some of the new events included, a beach volleyball tournament, euchre tournament, Disney movie night, as well as a formal banquet to celebrate the end of the year. Traditional events included caroling at professors’ homes, hosting a fall and spring picnic, attending a corn maze and many more events.

StormReady

One major goal of our chapter was to help encourage the Ames and surrounding community to be ready in case of a severe weather event. We alerted the community by providing safety tips on grocery bags, programing weather radios and wrote an article about our county's modified weather sirens to local newspapers and broadcast stations. At ISU we have undertaken a Storm the Dorms project to alert dorm residents what they should do in case of severe weather. The most recent addition is our Mobile Home Project, which aimed to promote safety in mobile homes during severe events.

Chapter Outreach

This year our chapter has expanded to reach more students than ever, it is estimated that we reached over 1,000 students across the state of Iowa. New events that were started included presenting to various grade students at the Des Moines Science Center, the ISU Child Development Lab, Science Bound,a program aimed at increasing diversity in the STEM fields. We also prepared students for the state Science Olympiad competition as well as presenting to Boy Scouts. We also continued our past events, such as helping at elementary school science nights and hosting a statewide sever weather poster contest for K-6 graders.

Chapter to Chapter Connections

ISU AMS reached out to other chapters through events such as the Midwest Conference Call, in which we discussed and collaborated with other AMS local chapters. This past year we also started a photography contest with Puerto Rico's AMS chapter entitled “Weather Through a Lens.”


Lyndon State College Student Chapter

2013-2014


Millersville University Student Chapter

2012-2013


Pennsylvania State University Student Chapter

2012-2013


Purdue University Student Chapter

2012-2013


San Diego Regular Chapter

2012-2013


Smoky Mountain Regular Chapter

2013-2014


Southwest Pennsylvania Student Chapter

2012-2013

Award Applications

Our Chapter was awarded the Chapter of the Year for 2008-09. Recently, our Chapter has received an AMS Honorable Mention, and was awarded third place for our Chapter poster.

The aspects that have contributed to our success include:

  • Educational Outreach
  • Colloquia Speaker Series
  • Conference attendance
  • Workshops/ Training
  • StormFest
  • Storm Ready initiative
  • Storm Intercept

Twin Cities Regular Chapter

2013-2014


University of Washington Student Chapter

2014-2015


West Central Florida Regular Chapter

2012-2013

Guest speaker presentations

Tours

Fundraising efforts

Mentoring efforts

Community outreach e.g. local schools, hurricane expos

Use of technology

2013-2014

Social Events

Monthly guest speakers

Networking and touring at the local National Weather Service office

Fundraising

Community outreach for teachers, children, and the general public

2014-2015

Social Events

Monthly guest speakers and presentations

Networking and touring at the local National Weather Service office

Fundraising

Community outreach for teachers, children, and the general public including the Tampa Bay Estuaries Award to the chapter to fund teaching workshops.

Mentoring of student members at National Weather Service and NOAA Aircraft Operations Center.


Western Kentucky University Student Chapter

2013-2014

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