This project focuses on the importance and challenge of climate science research. Dr. Sukyoung Lee’s works to improve climate models with regard to atmospheric and oceanic circulations – jets and waves. Looking for patterns in the atmosphere and oceans, these efforts seek to reduce the uncertainties in long-term climate prediction of the global-scale surface temperature and circulations. During the summer, the teachers will learn about climate science data sets utilized for the ongoing research (climate, atmospheric, and oceanic sciences), how to analyze these datasets using the NCAR Command Language (NCL), and how to translate this process into classroom instruction by developing classroom research projects. The teachers will contribute to the research and communicate their learning by presenting a poster at the Annual Penn State REU/RET Symposium. During the 2017-18 academic year, the teachers will serve as mentors to two students selected to participate in a research experience as part of CSATS’s Young Scholars program. Teachers will offer support to students as they engage in research using the climate science data sets.

Important Dates:

  • Meteorology Research Experience:  June 19-July 28, 2017
  • Weekly professional development workshops at University Park:  June 19-July 28, 2017
  • REU/RET Symposium at Penn State University Park, PA:  August 3, 2017


  • Must be a secondary education teacher who teaches science, technology, engineering, and math content with at least 3 years full time teaching experience
  • Must be a teacher serving students from Central Pennsylvania


  • $5,000 at the conclusion of the research experience and approved Classroom Research Project (CLRP) submission


Kathleen Hill, PhD

Assistant Professor of Science Education

Email: | Phone: 814-863-2275

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