Providing Meaningful Work Study Experiences for Meteorology Students

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Monday, 5 January 2015
Brendon Hoch, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH; and J. Cordeira, C. Chenard, and C. K. Hoch

Students who work while attending school generally have higher grades, graduate faster and more easily find jobs after graduation. On campus employment also helps students make connections that will get them through their first year in a more successful and positive manner. The Federal Work Study program provides access to jobs for students who have demonstrated financial need. The program is designed to help eligible students meet the costs of obtaining a higher education and encourages work related to the student's course of study and community service. At Plymouth State, undergraduate students majoring in meteorology with work study awards are involved in a number of activities. Three example projects involving climate record digitization, weather visualization, and forecasting applications will be presented along with the benefits and challenges of each project.