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Each summer, SOARS protégés spend ten weeks conducting original research at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) or at laboratories of other SOARS sponsors. By the end of the summer, protégés will prepare scientific papers and present their research at a colloquium.

SOARS protégés can participate for up to four summers so that they can explore the breadth of geoscience and transition smoothly into graduate school.

For an example of past research topics, please check out the Earth, Wind, Sea and Sky publication.


To help protégés succeed academically and professionally, SOARS offers each protégé up to five mentors: a research mentor, a writing mentor, a computing mentor, a coach, and a peer mentor. Research shows that this comprehensive, multi-dimensional mentoring is a key contributor to the continued success of SOARS protégés.

For more information about mentoring, please see our Mentor FAQ page.


SOARS is a diverse group of students and mentors who learn together. Our protégés form professional and personal relationships, and learn the leadership and communication skills to keep those relationships strong. They are encouraged to grow not only as researchers, but as scientific leaders who can see science as an opportunity to contribute to a better world




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Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1120459.