In addition to internships and undergraduate research, students can participate in a number of extracurricular activities.
Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society
Our student chapter is affiliated with the leading professional society in the field of atmospheric science. Approximately 30 to 40 students routinely participate in activities such as weather presentations at local schools, group weather discussions, attendance at national meteorological conferences, fundraisers, sponsoring guest speakers, and social activities. In addition, students provides forecasts for CMU and participate in a nationwide weather forecasting contest called 'Weather Challenge' (click to visit Weather Challenge). Find out more about the chapter. Click HERE to visit their website, or check out their social media pages on: twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube.
News Central 34
Operated by the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, News Central 34 has the largest news coverage area of any regularly scheduled student-produced live nightly television news broadcast in Michigan. Through a competitive audition process, meteorology students are selected to provide the weather portion of the newscast. Students use an Accuweather forecast graphics system, which is professional software used by broadcast stations nationwide. Click to find out more about News Central 34 and visit their social media pages on Twitter and Facebook.
Every year during CMU's Homecoming (usually mid-October), we bring in 2 or 3 alumni from around the country. These alums give presentations on their career paths. We bring in lunch for everyone, and students have lots of time to interact with our guests one-on-one. Past visitors include a National Severe Storms Laboratory Research Scientist, a Broadcast Meteorologist in Dallas, TX, and numerous National Weather Service employees.
In addition to Career Day, each year we bring in 2 to 3 meteorology professionals to give seminars and meet informally with our students. Past seminar guests include a Senior Hurricane Specialist at the Tropical Prediction Center, the Director of Meteorology at Weather Underground, and the Director of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction.
Approximately once per month, students and faculty get together for lunch in an on-campus dining hall. Any student majoring in meteorology is welcome to join us!
Weather Balloon Launches
The meteorology program maintains a professional weather balloon launching system. During interesting weather, students are invited to join faculty in launching a balloon. The upper-atmospheric conditions observed by the balloon are then reported to the National Weather Service.