Experiential Learning on Hydrometeorology Through a University Study Abroad Program
Students in these one-month courses are required to propose and implement basic research projects to investigate selected topics. Each study abroad course is divided into multiple student research groups, where students utilize the scientific method from start to finish and reach conclusions related to their topics. The students often experience some of the same challenges encountered in actual scientific field projects and learn to achieve observational and scientific objectives while sharing instrumentation and collaborating with other research groups during special observing periods. Moreover, the students gain first-hand experience analyzing and forecasting weather events related to their research. Overall, this program has proven to be a popular and exciting highlight of the undergraduate educational experience and excellent career preparation for students minoring or majoring in meteorology.