Program Benefits

ACES will add to the knowledge of the effectiveness of community-based atmospheric science and computer science (A&CS) undergraduate learning experiences by:

  • building cohorts for A&CS students to establish support groups designed to encourage early academic success
  • monitoring student progress through a student management team
  • offering help to struggling students by providing peer tutors to assist in low- and mid-level A&CS science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses
  • enlisting peer and faculty mentors to help resolve issues inside and outside the classroom
  • providing opportunities for students to engage in activities in three discipline areas (research, teaching, and operations) to expand the types of A&CS STEM career options under consideration by undergraduates.

Research

UNC Asheville is nationally recognized for excellence in undergraduate research. ACES scholars are automatically eligible to participate in all aspects of research supported at UNC Asheville; from data collection associated with traditional field work, to data analysis and the presentation of scientific findings through presentations at seminars and professional conferences and through the publication of articles in conference volumes and scientific journals.

Teaching

ACES scholars are also automatically eligible to investigate teaching opportunities by serving as laboratory assistants, course mentors, and course tutors associated with low- and mid-level courses at UNC Asheville, and as K–12 science and college outreach presenters at Asheville area schools.

Operations

Exploration of real-time activities is also encouraged for ACES scholars through the analysis and dissemination of hazardous weather-related conditions via the posting of publicly-accessible weather forecast videos and customized web-pages to notify Asheville area residents of predicted weather impacts. Scholars are also encouraged to participate in "Career Night" presentations organized by UNC Asheville's Career Center and in internship opportunities that provide valuable work experience and insights into real-world career paths.