Bridging the gap: Hands-on learning through radiosonde launches
During the 2009-2010 academic year, six undergraduates students were hired as interns to determine appropriate days for icing events, to designate intensive observation periods (IOPs), and to launch during IOPs. Interns worked with VU faculty and staff and MIT-Lincoln Laboratory scientists to plan and deploy the launches. Once the interns identified potential IOPs, all meteorology students were invited to help with radiosonde launches and microphysical observations. Throughout the course of the year interns grew more independent on completing tasks, and all participating students gained experience using different types of meteorological instrumentation.