NCAS-M will prepare students for success in their career paths through:
- student-faculty mentoring program,
- NOAA experiential learning and collaborative research through the summer program, and
- advanced research training programs that will address data science and skill development.
Student-faculty mentoring will be year-long and will involve:
- conducting and reporting on student and faculty assessments, and
- mentor/mentee training.
Additionally, throughout the year, there will be webinars to address advanced research skill development (e.g., GIS training, computer modeling) and professional skill development (e.g., submitting to a peer reviewed journal, competencies required to work at NOAA).
NOAA Experiential ReSEARCH and Training Opportunity (NERTO)
The NOAA Experiential Research and Training Opportunity (NERTO) is a CAMSIE graduate student requirement during the two-year fellowship. This unique NOAA mission experiential training experience integrates academics with practical NOAA mission-relevant experiential training.
NCAS-M Mentor Program
Role of NOAA Mentor
The role of the NOAA mentor, in collaboration with the NCAS-M academic center mentor, is to assure the NOAA mission-relevance of the NCAS-M fellow’s research project. The NOAA mentor may also provide and/or support guidance for NCAS-M fellows to enhance their development of skills and competencies for the NOAA mission future workforce.
NCAS-M Mentor Program
NOAA mentors will be selected from all NOAA line offices. Academic mentors will be assigned by students’ home institution academic departments. The NCAS-M Mentor Program will involve:
- Mentor recruitment, matching, and training to a) create a work plan with specific recruitment objectives, actions, and timelines to achieve NCAS-M program goals, b) develop a process and criteria to select and match NOAA mentors and mentees based on the mentor’s background and experience, and mentee’s interests and preparation, and c) implement an ongoing NCAS-M mentor training program that produces the greatest positive effects on mentees.
- Delivery of mentoring services to a) require NOAA mentors to commit to meet quarterly with their mentees, b) provide NOAA mentors with ongoing support to arrange one-on-one time (virtual or face-to-face) with their mentees to include check-ins, c) ensure that NOAA mentors and academic center mentors are collaborating.
- Monitoring program effectiveness to a) monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the NCAS-M Mentor Program on an ongoing basis by establishing measurable outcomes for the NOAA mentor/mentee relationship, and b) use key indicators to assess the impact of NCAS-M mentoring by using both process and outcome evaluations.