Student Opportunities

If you’re a student interested in and or currently studying the field of weather, water, and climate, attending an AMS meeting is an essential and important step in your career path.

  • Expand your knowledge.
  • Improve your research opportunities.
  • Share your own ideas.
  • Connect with experts.
  • Grow personally and professionally.

AMS wants to help you attend our meetings – we offer several support opportunities to make this possible:

Student Assistant

Volunteer students are needed for registration and audio/visual support throughout the conference. Volunteers are required to be in attendance the entire conference, and must be available to work at least a full day from Monday through Friday. In exchange for volunteering, students receive one free conference registration, plus $40.00 per day worked for food allowance. This program is offered on a first come, first served basis. A limited number of students will be needed for the conference. Interested? Please contact Allison Milliken ([email protected]) for details.

Award Opportunities

Student Paper Award

The 31st Conference on Severe Local Storms Organizing Committee will host a student paper competition with award certificates and cash prizes for exemplary undergraduate and graduate student poster and oral presentations Awards will recognize three outstanding oral and three outstanding poster presentations given by students.. Students must be the first author and presenting their own, original work. Students who wish to be considered for this prize must indicate their eligibility when submitting their abstract.

For additional information, please contact the program chairpersons, Casey Davenport ([email protected]) and John T. Allen ([email protected]).

Student Presenter Travel Allowance

The committee is pleased to offer four (4) student award of $250 each to attend the 31st Conference on Severe Local Storms in Virginia Beach, VA 21-25 October 2024. The Student Presenter Travel Allowance is designed to help offset expenses relating to registration fees, transportation costs, food, and lodging for students presenting poster or oral papers. To apply, students should prepare a short written statement (no more than one page) declaring their financial need and circumstance, relevance of their research to the conference, how they will benefit from attending the conference, and a copy of their abstract for the meeting. Travel allowance applications should be submitted to the program chairs, Casey Davenport ([email protected]) and John T. Allen ([email protected]), with the subject line "AMS 31st SLS Conference - Student Presenter Travel Allowance Application". 


Application deadline: 26 July 2024

Recipients will be notified on or before: 12 August 2024

Additional details regarding Student Presenter Travel Allowance:

Travel reimbursement will occur after the meeting. Registration should be handled prior to the travel and during the registration period where possible. Winners should work with their AMS lead meeting planner for both reimbursement and registration.

For non-presenting Students: Student Travel Grants are also available for non-presenting students. Please visit Student Travel Grant Page for more information and to apply.  The application deadline is 23 August 2024.