American Meteorological Society's Climate Studies Diversity Project

5th Course Implementation Workshop
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 11:45

5th Course Implementation Workshop
Silver Spring, MD
21-26 May 2017


The AMS Climate Studies Diversity Project is for eligible institutions who plan to offer the full AMS Climate Studies course.


The Challenge We Face

Our nation faces a serious challenge in attracting young people to science and science-related careers (including teaching). This is particularly true for members of groups underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and is especially acute in the small number of minority college students majoring in the geosciences.

A formidable obstacle in attracting under-served students to the geosciences has been the limited opportunity to enroll in introductory-level geoscience courses. To help address this problem, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) developed an introductory climate science course, AMS Climate Studies, which can be added as a general education course. This highly innovative course has been implemented at 160 institutions nationwide since fall 2010, including more than 90 minority-serving institutions that have joined the AMS Climate Studies Diversity Project. This program, along with the highly successful NSF-funded AMS Weather Studies (2002-07) and AMS Ocean Studies (2006-08) Geosciences Diversity/National Dissemination Projects, have introduced the introductory-level courses to more than 230 minority-serving institutions and over 25,000 MSI students.

The AMS encourages course adoption by institutions serving large numbers of minority students through support from the NSF Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences. The AMS Education Program has partnered with Second Nature, a national non-profit organization that works to proactively build a sustainable and positive global future through leadership networks in higher education. Together, the AMS and Second Nature uphold the importance of basic climate science education. Through this partnership, the AMS Climate Studies course will help Climate Leadership Commitment signatories implement the curriculum component of their Climate Action Plans.

An Invitation to Join the AMS Climate Studies Diversity Project

The AMS, in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), invites minority-serving institutions to join in providing student access to geosciences courses by implementing AMS Climate Studies.

For the purposes of this AMS Diversity Project, eligible colleges and universities include those listed by the U.S. Department of Education as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian (AN/NH) Serving Institutions. Other accredited post-secondary institutions that can document a minority enrollment of at least 25% of their total student population are also eligible. Minority students are defined as members of African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Native Pacific Islander groups.

To encourage institutional participation, the AMS Climate Studies Diversity Project offers the following:

  • attendance by the course instructor at a five-day course implementation workshop in Silver Spring, just outside of Washington, DC
    • travel, room, board, and instructional costs are covered and a $300 stipend is provided
  • waived abstract and meeting registration fees supporting a poster presentation at the subsequent AMS Annual Meeting
  • course implementation assistance by AMS program staff and instructors teaching in similar academic environments
  • waived license fee for offering the climate course (normally $149 per year) for the first two years

Details concerning the AMS Climate Studies course are available at:

Accepting Our Invitation

Institutions meeting the program's eligibility requirements can accept our invitation by submitting the AMS Climate Studies Diversity Project License Order Form and Application, signed by an authorized institutional representative. This commits the institution to offering the course for at least one semester.

Submissions may be made by mailing or faxing this form to the AMS Climate Studies Diversity Program.

The application deadline is March 15, 2017 and workshop selections will be made by March 31. Participants will be selected based on a variety of factors, including date-of-receipt of the application forms and projected date of initial course offering.