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Mentoring

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General Example

With meteorology and related physical sciences constituting a relatively difficult field of study, attrition rates in these areas are often fairly high. In order to both keep younger students motivated for classes, as well as maintain your membership, mentoring can be an extremely useful tool. Some of the most common mentoring techniques we have seen are:

  • For student chapters, pair upperclassmen with new students
  • Try to get a list of new students late in the summer from your department, if possible
  • Make early contact with new students, and let them know you are available to help as an organization
  • If new students are interested in a mentoring program, try to pair them with a like-minded upperclassman

If a full-year mentoring program seems daunting, you're probably thinking along the same lines as most other folks. A typical way to keep interest in a mentoring program is to host weekly or bi-weekly events where the mentors and mentees get together to hang out and have some fun. After the first month or two, you can make these much less regular, since new students will feel much more comfortable at that point. Some of the events you can try are:

  • Freshman move-in day (mentors help the freshmen move in)
  • An ice cream social
  • A team-building exercise like a ropes course or climbing wall
  • Go to a local sporting event
  • Go ice skating or roller blading
  • Head over to a bowling alley on the discount night
  • Host a free cookout

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

The University of Georgia Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society realizes that meteorology and atmospheric sciences is a difficult course of study. While our agenda focuses heavily on weather, we strive to make our events educational AND fun. We believe that there will be more involvement if we host social events that are stress-free and allow for more interaction among members. In addition, we want host a variety of guest speakers who engage with our members and really showcase the vast variety of options that meteorology has to offer.

Guest Speaker Series

UGA AMS strives to offer enriching and educational events to our members and the local community. We work with atmospheric science professionals around the country and try to host speakers to talk with us. This past academic year, UGA AMS hosted a great line-up of speakers. Each guest captivated our members with incredible stories that pertained to their field of meteorology. We hope that with our guest speakers, we can help build connections between UGA students and accomplished meteorologists.

  • August- Bill Murtagh (Space Weather Prediction Center)
  • October- Ginger Zee (ABC/Good Morning America, Broadcast Meteorologist)
  • November- Bryan Norcross (The Weather Channel, Hurricane Specialist)
  • January (Via Skype) - Jeff Masters (Weather Underground, Founder)
  • April- Tom Niziol (The Weather Channel, Winter Weather Expert)

Graduate Student Panel

UGA AMS understands that the thought of graduate school can be daunting and downright scary. We hosted a forum in September with various graduate students in atmospheric sciences to talk to members about everything there is to know about post-undergraduate education. Graduate students talked about the application process, dissertations and thesis writings, and offered encouraging and honest opinions.

Weather Pictionary

Members divide into even groups of three. One person from each group came up to the white board, and once each person is told a weather-related word, the drawer attempted to illustrate the chosen word. Members of each group must correctly guess the term. After one round, the drawer rotated with another member of the same team. There were twenty words total, and at the end, the team with the most points was awarded Chick-Fil-A gift cards.

AMS Dinner Night

Members enjoyed dinner at a local establishment in a relaxed atmosphere. UGA AMS provided appetizers for the evening.

Field Day/Cookout

UGA AMS holds a cookout and field day at the beginning and end of each academic year. We grill burgers and hotdogs, and enjoy games on the open field. It's a great way to meet incoming students to UGA and to bid a fond farewell to members graduating.

CNN Field Trip

Every year, UGA AMS hosts a fun and educational field trip to a local organization. This year, we chose to take a tour of CNN's headquarters in Atlanta. We were offered a tour by two CNN meteorologists, who showed us behind the scenes of the news and weather network.


Iowa State University Student Chapter

2012-2013

Mentoring Incoming Students and Transfer Students

Several opportunities were given to new freshmen and transfer students to get comfortable at Iowa State and form bonds with fellow students in the chapter. These included:

  • Our departmental Learning Community was comprised of incoming students and peer mentors who guide these students through their first year at ISU.
  • Sophomore Chair cabinet position worked with incoming students to get them comfortable at ISU and more involved with the chapter.
  • New Student Ice Cream Social event at the beginning of the school year gave the incoming students an opportunity to meet the cabinet members and faculty advisors.
  • Freshman-Sophomore Social event allows the incoming students to meet and form friendships with the sophomores.

Class Review Sessions

Study sessions held for meteorology (general meteorology, atmospheric physics, atmospheric dynamics), calculus, physics, and computer science courses. Either held on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis, depending on the class and requests from students.

Bufkit & Gibson Ridge Tutorial

Annual tutorial session held for members interested in learning more about these software programs.

Storm Chasing Seminar

Annual learning session held for members interested in storm chasing with tips and safety concerns when chasing.


Lyndon State College Student Chapter

2013-2014


Millersville University Student Chapter

2012-2013

Met-Mentor

The Met-Mentor program is a month-long program designed to welcome first-year students into the major and introduce them to the upperclassmen. The officers have worked hard to create a fun atmosphere by putting together numerous social events to show the new students the area around Millersville, as well as familiarizing them with the campus. Mentors for the program include the five officers of the MU AMS and fourteen upperclassmen who have volunteered their time to give their companionship to the new students and answer any questions they may have. And of course, we are all looking to have a good time while enjoying what the area has to offer.

We are proud to announce that since the implementation of the Met-Mentor program, retention rates from freshman to sophomore year have gone up from 53% to 85%

Activities include:

  • Helping freshman move in
  • Lancaster Barnstormers Game
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Forecasting Competition
  • Campfire
  • Ropes Course

Study Sessions

MU AMS holds "study sessions" on occasional Wednesday nights, where students are encouraged to come and work on their homework and/or study for any upcoming exams. Underclassmen and upperclassmen are there to help each other out. For, every student has their own academic strong points. This gives students the opportunity to work together and learn from each other.


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

Mentoring

Our mentoring program allows new students to have a personal guide to our program in the form of a student mentor. Mentors help students not with just school work and scheduling, but also to adjust to college life. By having a mentor, new students are able to more quickly become involved with the organization’s activities and meetings, as well as make new friends and contacts. “Cal U freshman that have Peer Mentors move onto their second year of college at a 10 percent higher rate than freshman without mentors.”


Twin Cities Regular Chapter

2013-2014


University of Washington Student Chapter

2014-2015


West Central Florida Regular Chapter

2012-2013

Informal networking is encouarged to enable mentoring between officers and members, particularly helping the student members with career advice. Before presentations with guest speakers, we often offer a reception time with drinks and snacks to encourage the development of professional relationships. In addition, the annual banquet where typically 50 people come together, fosters an environment conducive to mentoring as professional meteorologists sit at the same table as student members and members of the public.

One panel session we offered focused on career advice. We invited meteorologists in the community to serve on the panel (who are WCFLAMS members). These meteorologists had various career paths from academic, TV broadcaster, NOAA hurricane hunter to NWS forecaster.

2013-2014

Networking is encouraged at each event that we hold, as we routinely have students, members of the public, university professors, and professional meteorologists in attendance. This year, we hosted one of our monthly meetings at the local National Weather Service office in Ruskin, FL. One of the forecasters was our featured speaker and during their visit, members had the opportunity to get a tour of the office and to interact with the meteorologists on duty.

2014-2015

Volunteering at the National Weather Service Office in Ruskin, FL

Several student members have taken the opportunity to volunteer at the National Weather Service, Students were mentored in generating forecasts, launching weather balloons, and issuing severe weather warnings.

Mentoring with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters

Two student officers also interned with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters at MacDill AFB this past year. Here they learned about the on board instrumentation and operations that go into each and every hurricane hunter flight, including winter storms missions.


Western Kentucky University Student Chapter

2010-2011

Tour of the National Weather Service Office in Nashville, TN (Spring 2011)

In the Spring of 2011, our local chapter visited the NWS in Nashville. We received a tour of the office as well as getting to know and making connections with many of the employees of the Nashville NWS. We also got to witness and understand the importance of a balloon launch.

2011-2012

Bowling Night (October 2011)

In the Fall of 2011, our chapter invited all of our members to bowling night. The goal of bowling night was to allow all of the members to get to know each other.

Tour of the National Weather Service Office in Louisville, KY (Spring 2012)

In the Spring of 2012, our local chapter visited the NWS in Louisville. We received a tour of the office as well as getting to know and making connections with many of the employees of the Louisville NWS.

2012-2013

Bowling Night (Spring 2013)

In the Spring of 2013, our chapter invited all of our members to bowling night. The goal of bowling night was to allow all of the members to get to know each other.

Guest Speakers

We strive to have the most appropriate guest speakers for our local chapter. Through our strong relationship with the Louisville National Weather Service office as well as our strong connections with other various organizations, various professionals come to WKU every semester to give a talk/presentation.

Fall 2012:

  • Trevor Boucher (National Weather Service, Nashville, TN)
  • Dr. Josh Durkee (WKU)
  • John Gordon (MIC of National Weather Service, Louisville, KY)
  • Ted Funk (National Weather Service, Louisville, KY)

Spring 2013:

  • Mark Jarvis (National Weather Service, Louisville, KY)
  • Dr. Michael Paddock (National Weather Service, Louisville, KY)

2013-2014

Bowling Night (September 2013)

In the September of 2013, our chapter invited all of our members to bowling night. The goal of bowling night was to allow all of the members to get to know each other.

Tour of the National Weather Service Office in Nashville, TN (October 2013)

In October of 2013, our local chapter visited the NWS in Nashville. We received a tour of the office as well as getting to know and making connections with many of the employees of the Nashville NWS. We also got to witness and understand the importance of a balloon launch.

Guest Speakers

We strive to have the most appropriate guest speakers for our local chapter. Through our strong relationship with the Louisville National Weather Service office as well as our strong connections with other various organizations, various professionals come to WKU every semester to give a talk/presentation.

Fall 2013:

  • Tony Bedel (Kentucky Department of Air Quality)
  • Dr. Josh Durkee (WKU)
  • Trevor Boucher (National Weather Service, Nashville, TN)
  • Tom Reaugh (National Weather Service, Louisville, KY)
  • Linda Gilbert (National Weather Service, Louisville, KY)

Spring 2014:

For the Spring of 2014, our local chapter started the "Conversations with Professionals Series". We have been utilizing Google+ to allow professionals to remotely speak to our members. The idea of this series is to branch out from the NWS office and look at other professions in Meteorology.

Conversations with Professionals Series

  • Mike Mogil (Certified Consultant Meteorologist)
  • Landon Hampton (Wx or Not BG and WKU Alumni)
  • Dr. Bill Gail (President, American Meteorological Society)
  • Kevin Deitsch (NWS Louisville)
  • Mike Callahan (NWS Louisville)
  • Linda Gilbert (NWS Louisville)
  • David Drobny (@NashSevereWx)
  • Will Minkoff (@NashSevereWx)

Game Night (April 2014)

Our chapter held a game night and encouraged all members to attend. Game night is intended for members to get to know each other better and offers our members a chance to relax and have fun.

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