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SEP Students Tackle a Summer of Science

If one learns by doing, then participants in the Summer Employment Program are learning a great deal. There are 12 undergraduates now taking part in the 16th year of SEP. Each of them is spending ten weeks living in Boulder and working in an NCAR division or UCAR program. The students are conducting laboratory work, writing software, composing papers on their projects, and preparing oral summaries.

The immersion approach gives the students a realistic feel for the life of a working scientist, says Anna Reyna-Arcos (Human Resources), who manages the program. Interest in SEP, which is designed for students from minority backgrounds, continues to grow. This marks the first year that the program has allowed participants to come back for a second summer. The returning students for 1995 (Edgar Estupiñan, Quindi Franco, Preston Heard, and Sandra Pulido) are pursuing projects that build on their work from 1994.

Watch the Calendar section of This Week at UCAR (on the World Wide Web at http://www.ucar.edu:8080/ucargen/UCARnewstext.html) for listings of the SEP oral presentations to be held in early August. --BH

The 1995 participants

Roger Bautista, Pacific Union College, applied mathematics
ML library carrel 20, ext. 1399
Supervisor: Ramalingam Saravanan, CGD
Project: Use simple statistical techniques to analyze the success of monthly weather forecasts produced at NCAR

Richard (Hipook) Brown, Harvey Mudd College, engineering
FL2 room 1061, ext. 8324
Supervisors: Tom Woods and Chris Pankratz, HAO
Project: Develop data-processing software for satellite-based instruments that measure solar irradiance in the extreme ultraviolet range

Edgar Estupiñan, North Carolina State University, chemistry
ML room 41, ext. 1472
Supervisors: John Orlando and Geoff Tyndall, ACD
Project: Use several spectroscopic techniques to analyze the oxidation mechanisms of atmospheric hydrocarbons

Quindi Franco, Pomona College, economics and science/technology
ML room 26C, ext. 1270
Supervisor: Greg McArthur, SCD
Project: Create and digitize a suite of multimedia documents for export over the World Wide Web

Preston Heard, Jackson State University, mathematics/meteorology
UN room 175, ext. 8154
Supervisor: Steve Williams, OFPS
Project: Research and help develop algorithms and translators to transfer data to and from the Cooperative Distributed Interactive Atmospheric Catalog System (CODIAC)

Linsey Marr, Harvard University, environmental engineering
FL3 room 3053, ext. 8994
Project: Investigate observations and models of the carbon budget of northern forests and the potential effects of changing land use on atmospheric carbon dioxide

Joan Sanchez Nash, Metropolitan State College of Denver, chemistry
FL3 room 3053, ext. 8994
Supervisor: Greg McFarquhar, MMM
Project: Assess the parameterization in numerical models of ice-crystal size distributions in tropical cirrus anvils

Jennifer Price, Bethune-Cookman College, aerospace engineering
ML room 202, ext. 1717
Supervisor: Jim Hurrell, CGD
Project: Explore the relationship between atmospheric circulation above the North Atlantic and temperature/precipitation anomalies over adjacent land areas

Sandra Pulido, San Diego State University, mechanical engineering
FL2 room 3099B, ext. 1521
Supervisor: Dan Gablehouse, HAO
Project: Analyze the performance of the Solar/Stellar Irradiance Comparison Experiment (SOLSTICE) instrument

Francisco Saez de Adana, Metropolitan State College of Denver, meteorology/mathematics
FL1 room 2157, ext. 8790
Supervisors: Jim Wilson, ATD, and Dan Megenhardt, RAP
Project: Participate in the Real-Time Analysis and Prediction of Storms (RAPS-95) field program and the Small Cumulus Microphysics Study (SCMS)

Niranjan Sharma, University of Northern Colorado, engineering
ML library carrel 19, ext. 1306
Supervisor: Tomislava Vukicevic, CGD
Project: Analyze cyclone formation over the continental United States and the western Atlantic Ocean using gridded analyses and numerical model output

Lei Yu, Millersville University, computer science
UN suite 170, ext. 8652
Supervisor: Mitch Baltuch, Unidata
Project: Help implement monitoring and analysis programs for the Internet Data Distribution (IDD) system

This year's SEP students (clockwise): Lei Yu, Preston Heard, Quindi Franco, Hipook Brown, Francisco Saez de Adana, Roger Bautista, Linsey Marr, Niranjan Sharma, Sandra Pulido, Jennifer Price, Joan Sanchez Nash, and Edgar Estupiñan. (Photo by Bob Bumpas.)

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Edited by Bob Henson, bhenson@ucar.edu
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