Univ Relations

College Graduates

The leadership of UCAR and NCAR supports UVisit to expand our visitor and exchange programs and respond to requests from our university community. UCAR has long offered such programs through NCAR’s Advanced Study Program (ASP) and UCP’s Visiting Scientist Programs (VSP). UVisit builds on these offerings and emphasizes scientists and engineers from NCAR and UCAR spending time interacting and collaborating with university faculty and students at North American Universities.

Applications accepted throughout the year.See below to apply

The goals of UVisit are to strengthen our community for the benefit of our science, provide participants with opportunities for intellectual growth and professional development, enhance collaboration between UCAR/NCAR/UCP, and the university/college community, increase our support for that community, and enhance participants’ understanding of university and college environments. Applications for participation should address as many of these goals as possible and will be judged accordingly.

Priority will be given to proposals for visits at UCAR member universities, however, applications for visits to any North American University will be considered.

Universities may request UCAR staff visits, and UCAR staff may apply to participate in UVisit.

Visit lengths may vary, ranging from a few days or weeks to an academic year, and should benefit the university, the UVisit participant, and the home division or program. Any applicant unsure of how to initiate a visit should contact Aneka Finley to discuss.

Examples of past UVisits include:

  • Giving lectures, tutorials and/or workshops
  • Collaborative research with university faculty and students 
  • Teaching a class either in person, remotely or a combination of methods
  • Providing support for university facilities or equipment 

Participation in UVisit by NCAR and UCAR staff will be valued as community service in the performance evaluation process. Those eligible to apply include, but are not limited to, ladder track scientists and research engineers, project scientists, associate scientists, and other engineers. 


UVisit funds can be applied toward expenses such as travel and housing and, in some limited cases, may be available for short-term salary support. Preferably, salary should be covered by the division/program, or by the host university in situations where the participant is teaching a class. 

How to Apply

Application instructions and forms are at the links below.

Applications accepted throughout the year.



Space Weather in the Green Mountains

NCAR/HAO solar physicist and UVISIT participant Mausumi Dikpati

Mausumi Dikpati, a solar physicist at NCAR’s High Altitude Observatory (HAO), visited the Atmospheric Sciences Department of Vermont's Lyndon State College for two weeks in the fall of 2013. She taught a ten-lecture, full-credit course in space weather and climate, with 14 upper-level undergraduates in attendance (eight enrolled for credit). Mausumi also introduced other Lyndon State students to the subject, delivering one lecture each to freshman and sophomores. more>

Bringing High-Altitude Modeling Down to Earth

Mike Mills

Michael Mills, a scientist in the NCAR Earth System Laboratory's Atmospheric Chemistry Division, also serves as NCAR’s liaison from the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM) to the university community. Mike spent two weeks in early July 2013 at the University of New Hampshire, where he worked with UNH faculty and students to provide training on the use of the various community models supported by NCAR. more>

A Win-Win Visit Example

Philip Judge

NCAR senior scientist Phil Judge (High Altitude Observatory) spent a 12-month sabbatical as a visiting professor at Montana State University. In addition to collaborating with members of the university's solar physics group, Phil taught two special topics courses focused on plasma physics, transport processes, and spectroscopy. Phil says the experience, made possible by NCAR and MSU funds, has been one of the most rewarding of his professional career. more>

Seeing the World Anew

Jeff Kiehl

Jeff Kiehl, a senior scientist in the NCAR Earth System Laboratory is sold on the value of extended university visits. A faculty fellowship leave at the University of California, Santa Cruz, allowed him to "see the world anew," as Kiehl put it. "I am enjoying being in an academic environment that provides opportunities for making new connections in the areas of climate change and environmental studies. It is exciting to interact with faculty and students in these areas." more>