This page offers guidance for students wishing to participate in undergraduate research within ATOC and beyond. Participating in research during your undergraduate career can enhance your overall education and career outlook in many ways:
Research opportunities are often found by talking to your professors or by contacting local research groups and laboratories. Researchers frequently promote opportunities to undergraduate ATOC students via email so be sure to check your inbox! Make sure to peruse the faculty profiles and their associate research sites to get an idea of what opportunities exist for you. Faculty and other research professionals are passionate about potential projects with undergraduates, yet mentoring an undergraduate research project is an appreciable commitment. As such, please consider the following when preparing for a meeting with a potential mentor so that both parties can accurately and efficiently assess the alignment of goals, interests, timing, and relevant skills:
The following posts represent groups that are actively seeking undergraduate research or professional help for an ongoing or imminent project. These posts do not represent the only research opportunities within the department at this time, so feel free to contact any ATOC faculty group to inquire about research potential.
The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado is seeking a currently enrolled student to assist with environmental instrumentation and website improvement for the Skywatch Atmospheric Observatory located on the CU Boulder campus. We seek an individual, familiar with Python, IDL, and Labview programming. Basic knowledge of data acquisition systems and environmental monitoring instrumentation is also desired. Internship activities will focus on improving observatory data quality, data access, web site functionality, instrument electronics development. This is a summer, part-time position (15-20 hours per week) with the pay rate depending on experience level.
Develop microcontroller based data acquisition electronics and software for environmental sensors.
Improve web site functionality and data access.
Create web based interactive plot routines
Proficiency in Labview, IDL, and Python programming
Experience with Windows OS
Superior communication skills
Microcontroller hardware and software development experience
HTML and PHP coding
Contact Scott Kittelman for more information
For guidance on external funding and internship opportunities, navigate here.