An undergraduate summer research program at N.C. A&T for students from other schools

Summer 2014 undergraduate research program: Collaborative earth systems science 

Atmospheric modeling, sensing and societal impacts

Application deadline has been extended to April 7, 2014

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What: A summer research program

National Science Foundation logoA summer research program for undergraduates in collaborative earth system science research at N.C. A&T in Greensboro, North Carolina. Topics will include atmospheric modeling, sensing, and the societal impact of environmental protection. Click here for a more detailed list of topics.

This program provides opportunities for undergraduates with backgrounds in physical science, engineering, and social science to work in interdisciplinary groups on a problem that reflects a complex, real-world situation related to atmospheric modeling and the use of weather and climate models, sensor development and evaluation, and remote sensing. It also will explore the inherent tradeoffs between environmental protection and economic growth.

This program is funded by the National Science Foundation.


May 26, 2014, through July 31, 2014.


Undergraduates at schools other than N.C. A&T who have backgrounds in physical science, engineering, and social science.

Click here to see a list of the faculty members participating in the program and their research interests.


Applicants should:

  • Be full-time undergraduate students at a college or university other than N.C. A&T during the academic year 2013-14.
  • Have a GPA of 2.75 or better.
  • Have a major in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields or the social sciences.
  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Women and rising sophomores with prior research experience or who are strong in science are encouraged to apply.

Application form and deadline

Research topics

  • Development of luminescence sensors for detecting volatile organic compounds
  • MEMS sensors and systems to measure atmospheric variables
  • Overtone-induced dissociation of volatile organic compounds using cavity ring down spectroscopy
  • Raman spectrometry in remote sensor module networks for water diagnosis
  • Small satellite remote sensing system design
  • Approximating a hurricane’s path and position using simplified weather models
  • Modeling of African easterly waves and hurricane formation
  • The Caribbean low-level jet: Climatology and variability
  • Societal impacts

Special features of this program

  • Students will work several faculty members and at least two from different disciplines, rather than one faculty member, and will learn how interdisciplinary research is conducted.
  • Students will have opportunities for cutting-edge research, educational, and professional development through N.C. A&T's relationships with two National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration labs, in Boulder, Colorado, and Asheville, North Carolina, and with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, and the National Institute of Aeronautics in Newport News, Virginia.
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