Student Engagement and Professional Development

This Conference entitled, “A New Era of NOAA’s Environmental Satellites” allow all stakeholders including students/early career professionals (e.g. graduates or postdocs) to participate in the conference plenary session and workshops plus the actual conference (e.g. poster presentations, networking and meeting with potential employers/private sectors). The Agenda provide students an opportunity via posters and oral presentations to showcase results of collaborative research projects and partnerships between user community, professionals, researchers, scientists, faculty and students at NOAA, academic, private sectors and with other stakeholders.

The purpose of quality professional development is to encourage experimentation, support coordinated efforts, and promote individual capacity building within a community of supportive colleagues. The student engagement goal is to encourage students to present applicable research for technical sessions and poster session, attend training sessions geared towards data users and providers, lead presentations, poster sessions, or network with a number of renowned scientists and experts from across the globe, and communicate and discuss various scientific topics of interest and their research.

Activities dedicated for students






8:00 – 12:00pm

GOES-R Training Session

 Research opportunities and skills development for students, a student engagement activity

Begins at 9:00am


12:00 – 1:00pm


Research opportunities and skills development for students, a student engagement activity 

Career Stories for the Professional “

The Future of Our Career Field 

1:00 – 5:00pm

JPSS Training Session

Research opportunities and skills development for students, a student engagement activity 

ends at 4pm




GOES-R Advance training Session


6:00 – 6:30pm



 Student Workshop:

How to Obtain a Job and Internship with the Federal Government” – Nicole Scarborough.


      Student and Professional Networking Session


Sunday (16th July 2017)
GOES-R and JPSS Training Session: This introductory training is designed for the operational and educational communities that will address both end users’ and developers’ needs, bridging the gap between research and operations. Training will focus on the use of the GOES-R and JPSS series data and products, methods for interpreting the data, features (space Weather, Lightning), capabilities and algorithms, and a better understanding of atmospheric sciences and mesoscale meteorology.

Monday (17th July 2017)
Research opportunities and skills development for students, a student engagement activity: This is an interactive session with a partner lab format, where students work in pairs through self-guided lab materials on provided laptop computers. The purpose of the session is to pique student interest and help students envision research opportunities while developing skills in assessing satellite imagery to identify various atmospheric phenomena. The session will also enable students to interface with instructors in science careers related to satellite meteorology working for and with NOAA. This workshop is complementary to other training activities held as part of the NOAA Satellite Conference, which are predominantly in presentation format and applicable to a broader audience. The NWS paid for the development of the Satellite Information Familiarization Tool (SIFT), which will be used, to prepare forecasters in the United States to use imagery from GOES-16 and Himawari-8. The target audience is undergraduate and graduate students majoring in atmospheric sciences or a related field. Young professionals are also welcome.  Students should bring a writing utensil. Graduate students with research ideas or proposals that they would like to discuss with the instructors are engaged to also bring a printed copy of their proposal for review.

Tuesday (18th July 2017)
Career Stories for the Professional  (During lunch at noon): Professionals (including a TV broadcaster, Erica Grow WNBC-TV in New York City) and vendors (NESDIS partners) telling their story or journey to fame and fortune. This is a great opportunity for you to meet with professionals and graduate school representatives in an informal setting. Opportunities to even schedule interviews for later in the week. The experience is intended to provide students with exposure to careers in the atmospheric sciences, encourage them to consider opportunities in graduate school and the private sector, and assist them in developing a peer network.

GOES-R Advanced Training (6:00PM): This will enable/allow graduated and undergraduate students and opportunity to learn more about the system, be aware of and insight to changes/improvements to products, services, and the system.

Wednesday (19th July 2017)

The future of our Career Field (During lunch at noon) : Dr. Shakila Merchant will speak on the SPARKS Program. Students will learn about career opportunities and how to apply for jobs. NOAA Line Offices, organizations, and partners will have individual tables set up to encourage one-on-one discussions with students.

How to Obtain a Job and Internship with the Federal Government (6:00 pm): Nicole Scarborough will go over the process to get a job and internship with the Federal Government.

Student and Professional Session Networking Session (6:00PM): The event allows students to network with mentors via ‘speed networking’, similar to ‘speed dating’, where the mentors (satellite meteorology professionals) roam between tables at set intervals introducing the students to a wide array of professions in the field of satellite meteorology. The speed networking will be followed by a social, proving a great time for open networking. This allows the students and the mentors of their selected discipline to have extended conversations after their speed-mentoring introductions. ” – Download Flyer here