The Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research & Operations (CIWRO) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) is a research organization that promotes collaborative research between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and OU scientists and students.
CIWRO seeks to improve the basic understanding of weather and to transition that understanding to operational products that can be used to provide better forecasts and warnings so as to save lives and property and mitigate economic impacts of severe and high impact weather.
Research in CIWRO falls under five themes:
Weather Radar and Observations
Mesoscale and Storm-Scale Modeling
Forecast Applications Improvements
Subseasonal to Seasonal (S2S) Prediction for Extreme Weather Events
Social and Socioeconomic Impacts of High-Impact Weather Systems
The goal of the Summer Graduate Student Research Colloquium is to provide opportunities to emerging scholars pursuing
advanced degrees who wish to learn more about atmospheric science and how it might relate to or enhance their chosen
fields of study.
Students will spend a week immersed in cutting-edge weather research
at the National Weather Center at the University of Oklahoma's Norman
campus. Participants will explore what it's like to have a career in
meteorology or adjacent fields and be exposed to strategic skills useful
to any profession that works with science. Learning objectives include
learning about weather research, learning to give presentations to
diverse audiences, and working with experienced mentors on a guided
We value diversity and hope to bring together students of underrepresented communities with an interest in severe weather.
A background in atmospheric science is not necessary to benefit from this unique experience.
The weeklong colloquium will be held June 3-7, 2024.
CIWRO will assume all costs associated with the program.
- Travel to the program from anywhere in the United States
- Housing accommodations at the University of Oklahoma residence halls
- Meals or meal allowance
- Afterhours excursions to experience beautiful Norman, Oklahoma
- One-of-a-kind opportunity to study with the top severe-weather scientists in the country
- Graduating senior or graduate student of an accredited college/university
- U.S. citizen, permanent resident or DACA recipient
- Interest in a field of study that aligns with the CIWRO mission (possible areas of study include but are not limited to meteorology, electrical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, data science, communication, psychology, geography, political science)
- CIWRO celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion, and encourages members of underrepresented racial or ethnic groups to apply
- One-page personal statement describing interest in workshop
- Copy of resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Official transcript
- One reference letter sent directly to OU CIWRO
- Application deadline is Feb. 15, 2024
Applications may be sent via mail or email:
Executive Director, Finance and Operations
Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research & Operations
University of Oklahoma
120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100
Norman, OK 73072