The School of Meteorology has a variety of student organizations that offer a supportive environment and a broad range of opportunities that include peer mentoring, professional and social activities, field trips, and tutoring.
- The Oklahoma Weather Lab is a student-run forecasting office serving Key West, Florida; Rogue River, Oregon; and the state of Oklahoma. The lab hosts 2 shifts daily Monday through Friday, and 1 shift daily Saturday and Sunday, all of which take place in a state-of-the-art forecasting lab. Shift leaders spend time during each shift to teach new forecasting techniques, then guide students through forecasting temperatures, wind speed/direction, cloud cover, and precipitation for the region. Students will get the chance to learn techniques such as reading atmospheric soundings, hand analysis of observed conditions, and forecasting with model guidance. The OWL lab also comes equipped with AWIPS II, the same forecasting software used by the NWS, giving students an unparalleled opportunity to gain critical skills necessary for operational forecasting in a professional environment.
- In addition, on weekdays, we feature a broadcast shift for OU Nightly, OU’s student-led local broadcast studio. There, students have a chance to use the latest Baron software to create and present professional weather forecasts, giving students a fantastic opportunity to gain on-the-job experience in a supportive learning environment.
- OWL also holds monthly workshops for students, which bring professional meteorologists and organizations to students in a friendly learning environment. Past speakers have included the WeatherBrains, SPC and NWS forecasters, and Weather Channel presenters such as Jim Cantore.
OU SCAN: The purpose of this organization is to provide educational, professional, social, and service opportunities for University of Oklahoma students interested in meteorology. The organization is also meant to provide community awareness regarding the weather. The main purpose is to have meetings that provide these services for students in meteorology, through speakers from the meteorology community and other activities. Learn more about OU SCAN at their website: http://scan.metr.ou.edu/
Student Affairs Committee (SAC):
The purpose of the Student Affairs Committee is to first ensure formal, continual communication between faculty and students regarding School of Meteorology and its parent College issues of direct importance to both undergraduate and graduate meteorology students. In addition, the Committee represents student opinions at faculty meetings and allow student input on appropriate issues, including, curricula changes, doctoral examination procedures, degree requirements, computing, and School of Meteorology outreach. The Committee is comprised of both graduate and undergraduate students who are elected each academic year. Recent accomplishments include working with the School of Meteorology to ensure graduate stipend rates are competitive amongst other atmospheric science programs and successfully advocating for a campus bus stop in front of the National Weather Center. Inquires regarding the Student Affairs Committee can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.