Page Contents


SOARS offers webinars on careers and grad school in the atmospheric and related sciences.  The webinars are geared towards undergraduate students, grad students, and faculty who support students in career development.

Webinars are free and use "Goto Webinar" which lets you connect via any device with a web connection. Please register ahead of time so that we can send login instructions to you.


upcoming webinars 2014-2015


Thank you for your interest! Our fall/spring webinar series is currently complete. If you have suggestions for next year, please contact us.


Previous webinars


How to apply for funding & fellowships for grad school - Oct. 9th 2014

Learn about ways to fund your way through graduate school, including which scholarships and fellowships you can apply to, when their deadlines are, and how to apply. Also find out about departmental research assistantships and teaching assistantships.

Slides from the webinar are available here.


How to choose grad schools and advisors to work with - Nov. 6th 2014

Masters or Ph.D.? Which science jobs can you get with each degree? Find out how to choose your field of study, connect with potential advisors, and select grad schools to apply to. Speak to graduate students who have gone through the process.

The webinar recording is available here.


How to apply to internships at NCAR - Dec. 4th 2014

Tips on choosing a summer research internship, how to apply, how to choose your references, what life is like in Boulder, and how to write an essay for the application.

The webinar recording is available here.


Positioning yourself for a post doctoral fellowship - Jan. 14th 2015

Get tips on how to make yourself a strong candidate for a post doctoral fellowship.

The webinar recording is available here.


Career panel in the atmospheric sciences - Feb. 12th 2015

We heard from three atmospheric science graduates whose career paths have led to very different places - a weather anchorman from WKYC-TV3 in Cleveland, a research scientist at NCAR, and a manager at the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii. Listen to hear about their jobs and career paths, and their answers to questions about their careers in the atmospheric sciences.

The webinar recording is available here.



Marcus Walter

Marcus Walter is the weather anchor for the morning broadcast at WKYC-TV3 - Cleveland, OH. After doing a bachelor’s degree in meteorology at Penn State U., he pursued a master’s degree in atmospheric science at Cornell University, where he was the President of the Cornell Black Graduate and Professional Student Association. Since then, Marcus has been doing weather forecasting and broadcasting including with Good Morning America.


Luna Rodriguez

Dr. Luna Rodriguez is an Associate Scientist in the Research Applications Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) located in Boulder, CO. As a boundary layer meteorologist at NCAR she works in the National Security Applications Program characterizing Chem-Bio sources using artificial intelligence and data mining techniques. She also has a joint appointment with the Science and Technology for Atmospheric Research Institute where she serves as an instructor for the Hazard Prediction and Assessment Capability tool. She received her bachelor’s degree in Physics at the University of Puerto Rico and her Ph.D. at The Pennsylvania State University.

Owen Shieh

Meteorologist Owen Shieh is the Weather and Climate Program Manager at the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is also a Ph.D. candidate and former National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in the department of Meteorology at the University of Hawaii. Mr. Shieh holds an M.S. in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma and a B.S. in Atmospheric Science from Cornell University. Mr. Shieh specializes in hazardous weather research and forecasting, with expertise in the dynamics and short-term prediction of tropical cyclones, severe thunderstorms, and tornadoes.

How to Apply for an Internship at NCAR - Includes slides from the webinar & resources on applying to internships (the webinar was held on Dec. 3, 2013).