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How to Apply for Membership



2014 Application Deadline is April 30, 2014.

Below you will find UCAR membership and application information. Initial and renewal membership applications are subject to approval by the UCAR Member institutions at the annual October Members’ Meeting. If you would like more information about Membership in UCAR or the application process, please contact the Governance Office (see contact information below).


Membership in UCAR is for an eight-year renewable term. There is an initial fee of $10,000 and a renewal fee of $3,500 every eight years. (An invoice will be provided after the October Annual Meeting when the UCAR Members have acted on new and renewal applications.)

II. MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA (from the UCAR Bylaws, Article 2, Sections 2.0 - 2.3:

Only universities and other nonprofit corporations organized and operated for educational or scientific purposes, and located within the United States, Canada, or Mexico, are eligible for UCAR membership provided they meet the following criteria:

  1. Program of Studies and Research. Has made a definitive, substantial, and continuing commitment to a full, coherent, and integrated program of course studies in one or more of the atmospheric sciences or related fields *;
  2. Progress in the Atmospheric Sciences. Has made a definitive, substantial, and continuing commitment to progress in the atmospheric sciences or related fields as evidenced by scholarly works of significance by its faculty in the atmospheric sciences or related fields and;
  3. Participation in the activities of UCAR. Has made, or—as might be the case of new Members—is willing to make, a clear commitment of active participation in UCAR activities, including its governance, programs, and facilities.

*Note: "Related" fields are those that deal directly with the study of the atmosphere(e.g., astrophysics, biogeochemistry, hydrology, geography, oceanography, space physics, and related societal research).


The Membership Committee meets annually to consider new and renewal applications; the committee’s written reports recommending action are submitted to the UCAR Members at the Annual Meeting in October.

To apply for, or renew, your UCAR membership, please submit the following material:

1. President’s Letter. Please submit a letter to the President of UCAR from your university's President or Chief Executive Officer affirming the university's commitment to the three membership criteria listed in Part II above along with the materials listed below.

2. Application Materials. Submit a document that demonstrates in a succinct way that your university meets the three membership criteria listed above. The document should be 3-5 pages in length, not including attachments, and should address each of the following topics:

  • Program of Studies and Research - Describe your UCAR-related departments and programs.  Provide website URLs, if available.  For each department and program list the number of tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty, research staff, and students; the types of degrees offered; and the number of degrees of each type awarded over the past three to five years.  Describe the instructional and research facilities. Attach a short (2 page) CV for each faculty member.
  • Progress in UCAR-Related Sciences - Describe the UCAR-related research and scholarship carried out at your institution over the last three to five years. Information provided could include: the amount and source of external funding received; the number of refereed publications; the number of non-refereed publications; textbooks or other teaching materials produced; contributions to the history of atmospheric science; and participation in the broader atmospheric science community through scientific societies, government committees, etc.
  • Participation in UCAR Activities - Describe the participation of your faculty, staff, and students in UCAR governance, collaborative research activities with UCAR and NCAR, and your use of UCAR and NCAR facilities during the past three to five years.

3. Campus visit for new membership applications – As part of the evaluation of new applications for membership representatives from the Membership committee will make a 1-day visit to your campus. Please contact the Governance office for more information

Suggested outline for application (PDF)

Note: Institutions are responsible for submission of the required materials by the advertised deadline. Partial or incomplete submissions may result in membership admission delay or renewal lapse. Receipt of complete application materials by the deadline is extremely important in order for the Membership Committee to have sufficient time to give the applications full and proper consideration. If the application materials are not received by the deadline, the Membership committee will not have sufficient time and will not be able to vote on the application. In the case of renewals, the result will be that membership will lapse. In the case of new applications, membership will be delayed.

Governance Contact Information: Aneka Finley - 303-497-1655

Updated by the UCAR Membership Committee January 2013.

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