[Ecsa] [Nsa] 2014 Summer Colloquium Call for Proposals

Paula Fisher paulad at ucar.edu
Thu Aug 15 12:44:26 MDT 2013

Call for Proposals from the NCAR Staff

2014 ASP Summer Colloquium

Deadline: September 30, 2013

ASP invites proposals from the NCAR staff for the annual Summer 
Colloquium topic for 2014. As you may know, ASP hosts a summer 
colloquium designed for graduate students. We favor subjects that 
represent new or rapidly developing areas or research for which good 
course material may not yet be available. The colloquium brings together 
lecturers and graduate students for three weeks at NCAR for classroom 
presentations and other forms of instruction and interaction. ASP 
provides support for the costs of the meeting, typically for about 25 
student participants and up to 10 lecturers from the community at 
large.The number of supported participants and lecturers will vary 
depending on travel expenses.

In recent years, ASP has supported an additional workshop during the 
second week of the colloquium, known as the Researcher Colloquium 
(RC).The details of the RC are included at the bottom of this 
announcement.No funds are currently identified to support the Researcher 
Colloquium for 2014.Those submitting a proposal may choose to include 
plans for a Researcher Colloquium should internal or external funds be 
identified to support one.However, including a Researcher Colloquium 
component is not required for a successful proposal.The student 
colloquium will still be three weeks in length.

Your proposal should be 2-3 pages in length. Colloquium proposals will 
be evaluated based on the following criteria:

1. Identification of a colloquium topic that represents a suitable 
balance of (a) established knowledge with numerous major questions ripe 
for investigation; (b) breadth to interest students with diverse 
backgrounds yet enough focus to allow adequate treatment in three weeks. 
While a detailed agenda is not required, the proposal should contain a 
rough outline of lecture topics, tutorials (if any), and the scope of 
student projects./The target student audience should be clearly identified./

2. Assembly of an appropriate group of organizers, lead by at least one 
NCAR staff member and consisting of at least one non-UCAR person.

3. Timeliness of the colloquium, both in terms of the science topic and 
from the perspective of other recent or nearly concurrent workshops 
geared toward students.Past ASP colloquium topics may be found at 

If you plan to include hands-on computer tutorials or interactive 
exercises, please provide us with details about that tutorial such as 
what type of computers will be required and who will be providing the 
systems support for the tutorial.Also, please let us know if any GAUS 
will be required.Please keep in mind that the colloquium is not meant to 
support ongoing workshop activities; it must be a stand-alone event.

Feel free to contact me to discuss options with regard to tutorials.

The ASP typically schedules the Colloquium in June, but other times 
during the summer may be considered subject to the availability of rooms.

To see a list of recent colloquia, please see 

Questions and proposals should be referred to Paula Fisher, 
paulad at ucar.edu, x1328.


Paula Fisher

P.S. The purpose of the RC is for both senior and early-career 
scientists to meet to discuss research challenges of the Colloquium 
topic, or perhaps a sub-topic, and allow students to engage researchers 
in these discussions. The specific goals for the RC are determined by 
the colloquium organizers, but could include (a) strategizing 
collaborations necessary for progress, perhaps in the context of large 
proposals; (b) planning a particular program (e.g. model 
intercomparison, field project, etc.); or (c) brainstorming complex 
problems to generate pathways of possible investigation. The RC is meant 
to combine discussion and presentation with a schedule that is more 
relaxed than that of a typical meeting.Colloquium organizers may wish to 
appoint a subcommittee to organize the RC.An important objective for the 
RC is to effectively involve students while still allowing them time to 
complete the student-colloquium requirements.

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