Mentoring Tomorrow’s Scientists

In 1996, the first group of students in Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) arrived in Boulder. The SOARS program was designed by UCAR and the National Science Foundation to help increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in atmospheric science. SOARS continues to this day as a summer undergraduate-to-graduate program that includes mentoring by top scientists and a supportive learning community. Over the past 15 years, 90% of SOARS participants have gone on to graduate school and the program has become a national model. Here, in a photo from 1998, Cherelle Blazer works in a climate-controlled greenhouse, measuring emissions from grass samples.