8.2 Achieving Greater Diversity in Atmospheric Science:  Translating Best Practices into Success

Wednesday, 25 January 2017: 10:45 AM
308 (Washington State Convention Center )
Melissa A. Burt, Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO; and R. Haacker, R. L. Batchelor, and A. S. Denning

Despite countless efforts to broaden participation in the atmospheric sciences, graduate enrollment by students from traditionally underrepresented groups has only slowly increased from 6% in 2005 to about 8.5% currently. In 2005, the CSU Department of Atmospheric Science mirrored the national data. As a result of a concerted effort, the department now boasts a figure closer to 16%. A key factor in this success story is that CMMAP, an NSF Science and Technology Center, developed a 10-year plan for broadening participation, by recruiting, mentoring, and retaining students from underrepresented groups through transformative relationships with individuals and institutions interested in broadening participation in STEM. Our students do cutting edge research, participate in field campaigns and are actively involved in professional societies. This presentation will highlight the methods we have used to increase diversity in atmospheric science, in hopes that they can be replicated in other geoscience departments across the nation.  

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