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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.

  • Student AMS 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.


Seattle NWS Forecast Office where many UW Atmospheric
undergraduates take advantage of internship opportunities


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