Atlanta minority fellowships

In 1973, NCARís Advanced Study Program established the Atlanta Fellowship, in which six college seniors from predominantly African-American colleges in Atlanta worked alongside NCAR scientists while taking courses in introductory atmospheric science and computer programming. This image shows one of the Atlanta Fellowship students examining data with NCAR scientist Mel Shapiro. The program was broadened to other colleges and universities until 1980, when it was succeeded by the Summer Employment Program, which also brought undergraduates from underrepresented groups to NCAR to collaborate with scientists. In 1996, NCAR launched the SOARS (Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science) program to help increase the number of doctoral students in atmospheric science from underrepresented groups.