Research, Internships, and More

Department Research Opportunities

Many of our majors participate in departmental research projects, learning new skills and concepts while making important contributions to the research. To learn more about conducting undergraduate research, please see our Undergraduate Research FAQ based on the experiences of undergraduate researchers, graduate mentors, and faculty advisors in our department. 

We encourage undergraduate students to reach out directly to professors they are interested in working with. Undergraduates can also email the Undergraduate Program Coordinator or the Academic Advisor to get started.

For additional research opportunities outside the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, please see the Summer Research Opportunities section below.

Internship Opportunities

Internships provide a valuable opportunity to explore interests in potential meteorological career paths and to extend knowledge through real-life experiences.  Internships with various National Weather Service Forecast Offices (such as Seattle and Portland) as well as with local TV stations have proven to be very popular.

Several of our students have begun successful careers in TV weathercasting in this manner, and many successfully entered the National Weather Service by interning.

Other internships in the past few years have been at the U.S. Forest Service, the Northwest Avalanche Center, NOAA, and the Pacific Marine Environmental Lab, as well as  environmentally oriented labs or businesses.

Credit and Funding Opportunities

Students may earn academic credit for research or internships, which sometimes provide a stipend. Students are also encouraged to apply for the Mary Gates Research Scholarship to support their research. To register for Research credits (ATM  S 390, 498, or 499) or Internship credits (ATM S 497), students are expected to locate a faculty adviser. Once they have located an adviser please contact the Academic Advisor for an add code and forms.

Undergraduate Thesis Opportunity

It is never too early to starting thinking about writing an undergraduate senior thesis! Read the ATM S Undergraduate Thesis Guidelines to find out about getting started, getting academic credit, and completing the thesis.

Opportunities for Educational Enhancement

Learning possibilities for Atmospheric Sciences majors don’t end in the classroom. Each week there are several seminars or talks on a variety of topics, and undergraduates are welcome to attend all. Some opportunities include:

  • Department Seminars and Colloquia. Each week there is a department colloquium, generally on a topic of general interest. Prior to the colloquium, refreshments are served and students and faculty gather in an informal setting. In addition, there are a number of weekly seminars with a more specialized focus.
  • Weekly weather discussion. Every Tuesday at 12:30 PM a member of the department gives a weather discussion on current conditions or on a topic of individual choice.
  • Northwest Weather Workshop.  Each year the UW cosponsors a gathering of approximately 150 regional meteorologists on the latest advances in Northwest meteorology and weather forecasting.  The first day of the meeting generally has a theme, such as aviation or hydrometeorology.
  • AMS UW Student Chapter.  Majors in the department regularly meet as a student chapter of the American Meteorological Society.
  • Puget Sound AMS Chapter. Monthly meetings, including a talk and refreshments, of the Puget Sound Chapter of the American Meteorological Society are popular with students.
  • Participation in Annual Department Forecast Contest.  Prizes are awarded.

Summer Research Opportunities

Note: most application deadlines are in early winter, so get started this fall!

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