The Membership Committee considers new applications for membership between January and May each year. This timeframe allows the committee to review the application material and visit the campus prior to making their recommendation on membership. Applications to renew a membership are considered during the same timeframe. However, the committee does not visit renewing universities as part of this process. All inital and renewing memberships must be voted on and approved at the Annual Members Meeting each October.
UCAR MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA
APPLICATION or RENEWAL
2017 Application Deadline: April 28, 2017
Membership in UCAR is for an eight-year renewable term. There is an initial fee of $10,000 and a renewal fee of $3,500 every eight years. (An invoice will be provided after the October Annual Members Meeting when the UCAR Members have acted on new and renewal applications.) Once you have decided to apply for membership, please contact the UCAR Governance Office, the contact information is at the bottom of this page.
(excerpts from the UCAR Bylaws, Article 2, Sections 2.0 - 2.3 (PDF)
Only universities and other nonprofit corporations organized and operated for educational or scientific purposes, and located within the United States, Canada, or Mexico, are eligible for UCAR membership provided they meet the following criteria:
*Note: "Related" fields are those that deal directly with the study of the atmosphere (e.g., astrophysics, biogeochemistry, hydrology, geography, oceanography, space physics, and related societal research).
The Membership Committee makes its recomendations on initial applications based on the material submitted. Please submit the following:
1. President’s Letter. A letter to the President of UCAR from your university's President or Chief Executive Officer affirming the university's commitment to the three membership criteria listed in Part II above, along with the materials listed below.
2. Application Materials. Submit a document that demonstrates in a succinct way that your university meets the three membership criteria listed above. The document should be three to five pages in length, not including attachments, and should address each of the following topics:
As part of the evaluation of new applications for membership, representatives from the Membership Committee will make a one-day visit to your campus. This visit should happen before the end of your university's spring semester.
Here you will find a guideline for the basic content of your initial application. Download the outline as a PDF
1. Submit a letter addressed to the President of UCAR from your university’s President or CEO affirming the university’s commitment to the atmospheric and related science programs at the university.
2. Complete the renewal form found here.
Institutions are responsible for submission of the required materials by the advertised deadline. Partial or incomplete submissions may result in membership admission delay or renewal lapse. Receipt of complete application materials by the deadline is extremely important in order for the Membership Committee to have sufficient time to give the application full and proper consideration. If the application materials are not received by the deadline, the Membership Committee will not have sufficient time and will not be able to vote on the application. In the case of renewals, the result will be that membership will lapse. In the case of new applications, membership will be delayed.