Undergraduate Research

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Meteorology students in a senior seminar at SUNY Oneonta practice launching a weather balloon from the roof of the Perna Science Building and learn how to use a theodolite, a manual surveying tool used until the 1950s to track a pilot balloon.

Department Research

These students are researching how hurricane track lengths and phase durations have changed with global climate change.

"Doing research is so fun and rewarding! Once I found a topic that I was really interested in, it didn't seem like a chore at all. I actually look forward to my weekly meetings with Dustin and Dr. Godek. It's always exciting to interpret our results and figure out where to go next!"

Katrina (Senior, Meteorology Major)

"Research is by far the best hands on experience you can have with your major, it is an experience you should strive for!"

Dustin (Senior, Meteorology Major)

Atmospheric Science Research

Current Studies Underway

  • Hurricane track length and duration
  • Urban heat island effect in Albany
  • Cloud-to-ground and cloud-to-cloud lightning
  • Northern Illinois tornado outbreak of April 2015

Quick Facts

  • Students work with weather datasets
  • Research individually and in groups use programs to graph, plot and map data
  • Present their work at science conferences
  • Publish their work in professional journals
  • Research over the summer with paid REUs
  • Research through internships
  • Learn about and practice research in class

Earth Science & Geology Research

Current Studies Underway

  • Chemistry of lava flows
  • Change detection in Martian landforms
  • Creating an augmented reality sandbox
  • Micro-plastic distributions in coastal dunes
  • Water depth and size distribution of trilobites

Quick Facts

  • Students collaborate with the NYS Museum
  • Do lots of field research
  • Work along coastal margins
  • Use equipment like a Kinect camera
  • Publish their work in professional journals
  • Research over the summer with paid REUs
  • Perform computational analyses
  • Learn about and practice research in class

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Employers are searching for people who can critically think, problem solve, and communicate. Research is a great way to pick up all these skills. If you are interested in participating in research over the summer, you should spend a few minutes to check out NSF REUs (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) opportunities. Several of our students have participated in an REU. The application deadline usually occurs in January, February, or March, so you want to start investigating possibilities and working on applications now.

  • The National Weather Center (NWC) in Norman, Oklahoma is offering REU 10-week summer research programs. Students are paid a stipend, have free housing, a travel allowance to/from Norman, OK, and travel allowance to present their work at the national conference that best suits them. Get more information and a link to the application page here.
  • Virginia Tech is also offering an REU. Details here.

National Science Foundation REU sites (These links each list many sites):

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