Welcome to the homepage of the Millersville University Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (MU-AMS)! We are entering our 31st year as a Student Chapter of the AMS. Our chapter has grown significantly since its inception in 1986 and is consistently one of the largest student-run organizations at Millersville University. Involvement in MU-AMS is a powerful tool for establishing a personal and professional network that supplements the academic foundation. We strive to create a welcoming environment for students to meet friends, explore countless fields of meteorology, and give back to the local community.
MU-AMS begins each year with the highly successful Meteorology-Mentor Program. Incoming meteorology students are paired with enthusiastic upperclassmen who guide them through their first month at Millersville. By the conclusion of the program, the mentees build lasting friendships and have the confidence and resources to navigate their challenging undergraduate careers.
Our chapter evolves through a committee system and bi-weekly open officer meetings which give all members an opportunity to shape their organization. Throughout the year, our Speaker Series explores the various career opportunities of an atmospheric sciences degree. Experts from the National Weather Service, academia and other public and private industries join us on campus to speak on their specialized fields of work. Frequently, the School Outreach Program visits local grade schools and introduces young students to the weather and climate. We also hold social events, such as movie nights, fundraisers, holiday parties, and trips to local attractions and sporting events. Additionally, students may receive funding for local and national conferences.
Annually, MU-AMS organizes a student-run Public Weather Awareness Day (PWAD) which has been an incredible success since its launch in 2009. This family-friendly and free event hosts local and national organizations that volunteer time to educate the public. We also feature create-your-own green screen videos, weather experiments, a balloon launch, games, and crafts.
To close out the year, we celebrate graduating students and recognize those who go the extra mile for the meteorology program with our Russell L DeSouza Banquet. We remember Dr. DeSouza for his renowned dedication to his students and for being instrumental in building our meteorology program.
As President, my mission is to ensure that MU-AMS is an extensive resource for our team and local community. If you have any ideas or questions, feel free to attend an Open Officer Meeting, find me in the Weather Center or send me an email. Your involvement shapes this student chapter and the student meteorologist experience at Millersville.
The MU-AMS student chapter was engaged in an exciting educational field project during the first half of November. The Student Experience in Airborne Research – Mid-Atlantic Region, or SEAR-MAR, project was a NSF-funded collaborative research experiment between Millersville University, Penn State University, Rutgers University, and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, with support from the University of Wyoming’s King Air research aircraft.
For two weeks, students were involved in a variety of activities, including producing flight weather briefings and installing a LiDAR, Sodar and a 10 meter flux tower at the Millersville Atmospheric Research and Aerostat Facility (MARAF). In this unique opportunity, participants from all undergraduate class levels had the opportunity to partake in the experiment, receiving hands-on training on observing equipment, conducting forecasts, and even flying on the King Air itself! From launching weather balloons at 4am to monitoring and communicating with flights across the Susquehanna Valley and beyond, every participant was an integral part of this field experiment’s success.
Activities & Involvement
The Met-Mentor program is a month-long program designed to welcome first-year students into the major and introduce them to the upperclassmen. The officers have worked hard to create a fun atmosphere by putting together numerous social events to show the new students the area around Millersville, as well as familiarizing them with the campus. Mentors for the program include the six officers of the MU-AMS and upperclassmen who have volunteered their time to give their fellowship to the new students and answer any questions they may have. And of course, we are all looking to have a good time while enjoying what the area has to offer!
The Millersville University Chapter of the American Meteorology Society is proud to present an all-star lineup of professional speakers from all avenues of meteorology at Millersville each semester. We pride ourselves in the variety of speakers from a vast number of meteorological fields we attract to speak at our university. From learning about graduate school to how to get a broadcast job on TV, our speaker series helps our members learn everything about their potential career fields and grow as students and professionals.
Weather Watch is Millersville University’s exclusive weather entertainment web-show run entirely by student meteorologists. We go beyond the forecast to inform and enlighten our viewers about the world of weather around them.
Our goal at Weather Watch is to provide professional quality programming to the general public that is both educational and entertaining. We like to think of it as exposing the science behind weather in a format that everyone can enjoy.
Founded as a subsection of the Millersville University Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, the Millersville Space Weather Group promotes research and education in heliophysics and space weather. The Space Weather Group is currently conducting research and testing of high-altitude balloon payloads to measure solar flux in the upper atmosphere to further our understanding of the Earth-Sun system.
A primary goal of the 2017-2018 officers is to raise community awareness about meteorology. In order to accomplish this task, we are striving to expand our audience throughout the Lower Susquehanna Valley, beginning on campus and continuing into area elementary and middle schools with our educational outreach programs.
Public Weather Awareness Day
The annual Millersville University Public Weather Awareness Day is an afternoon full of celebrating and experiencing everything about the weather. This event is designed for children and families, free and open to the general public.
Come produce your own weathercast in front of a green screen, participate in a trivia contest, see hands-on demonstrations, cool weather-related experiments and more. You will have the opportunity to meet and talk with people who make a living forecasting and watching the weather every day!