89th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting

Tuesday, 13 January 2009: 11:30 AM
ERAU McNair Scholars Program, students' learning, and their future career in meteorology
Room 125B (Phoenix Convention Center)
Dorothea Ivanova, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ; and K. E. Parsons
The primary goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to provide experiences that prepare selected undergraduate students for doctoral study. The overriding goal of the McNair program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who will obtain doctoral degrees and go on to teach and do research in institutions of higher learning.

The goal of this paper is to introduce the relationship, teaching techniques, research experience, and critical thinking interactions between two Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) McNair mentors and their meteorology students to ensure the students' continued academic success and path to graduate school. The underrepresented students are often those with limited resources; however encouraging critical thinking and undergraduate research experience is an effective tool for engaging them in applied meteorology. How do we help underrepresented meteorology students become aware of their strengths and weaknesses, help their learning, improve their learning strategies, and guide them toward a successful graduate school path? What skills are particularly important in developing a solid undergraduate foundation in meteorology? How can these skills be taught effectively? What are the obstacles the McNair scholars have to overcome? Some students are under-prepared in math or have math phobias; others are learning English as they are learning the complex vocabulary of meteorology, or arrive in the classroom with communication skills that are not fully developed. We discuss our experiences as part of the ERAU McNair Scholars Program and as Department of Meteorology faculty.

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