Welcome to the website for Ohio University’s Student Chapter of The American Meteorological Society! Formerly known as Meteorology Club, in 2009 OU-CAMS became affiliated with, and is now a local chapter of the American Meteorological Society.
OU-CAMS is a diverse and dedicated student organization united under a passion for weather. Though the majority of members are meteorology majors, a growing number are involved in other areas of study. The chapter has consistently been growing every year, both in size and in recognition. OU-CAMS is known for hosting a multitude of events, including a number of outreach and volunteer events in the Athens community and elsewhere.
Fall semester of the previous year was riddled with accomplishment for the chapter. One of the largest and most enthusiastic groups of underclassmen was met with a warm welcome from members, and the year began. Immediately, planning began for entering a banner in the annual homecoming parade, with the overarching theme of “Better than the best ever.” Though maybe not better than the best ever, our banner was awarded the 2nd place prize for banners, marking our third straight year of winning 2nd place (this year it will be 1st!). Also starting in fall semester was the annual WxChallenge, in which interested participants compete against thousands of other entrants from around the country to best forecast the weather for various cities in the United States. Beyond fun events, fall semester also saw a lot of outreach. Not only was a field trip for local kids to our weather tower and lab organized, but also a COSI on wheels event was set up. Beyond this, we organized a canned food drive for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, as well as accepted donations and put together care packages to send to troops serving in Afghanistan before Christmas.
Spring semester was also quite successful for OU-CAMS. Many of our officers, chairs, and members made the trip to Austin, TX to participate in the American Meteorological Society’s annual conference. Some members even received assistantship awards through the AMS, which funded their stay during the conference. We also held our 4th annual meteorology symposium, in which speakers from various sectors of meteorological employment presented on different topics in weather; it was regarded as our best symposium to date. Later in the semester we organized more social events as well. A chapter favorite, we gathered together to all watch the classic movie “Twister,” on our “Twister Night.” Finally, we finished off with our cabin trip, where participating members rented a cabin in the Hocking Hills for a weekend to relax, hike, and enjoy nature as the year drew to a close.
This upcoming year will no doubt be a continuation of the accomplishment and fun that previous years brought. Fall semester will include many of the enjoyable events from our past, including the fall cookout and participation in the homecoming parade and WxChallenge. We’ll also strive to foster more outreach opportunities, especially with local schools in and around the Athens community. In addition, we’ll continue our peer speaker series, as well as providing chapter members with details about useful information such as scholarships, internships, etc. that would pertain to them. Spring semester will see a perpetuation of many of the aforementioned goals, as well as hosting more professional, outreach, and social events. In the beginning of February, members will flock to Atlanta, Georgia, to participate in the annual AMS conference. Our chapter will present a poster at the student conference, and some members may present research they’ve done. Then, like previous years, our annual symposium will be set to take place by late March, and will draw the attention of students and faculty alike. Speakers likely will include members of different NOAA affiliations, such as the National Weather Service and the Storm Prediction Center, as well military and broadcast meteorologists. Finally, we’ll wrap up the year with our cabin trip and awards ceremony, but not before holding elections and ushering in the new era of OU-CAMS officers, who will guide the chapter to further greatness the following year!
While only a brief overview of OU-CAMS, hopefully this provided some insight into the chapter’s life and plans. I would like to thank the officers and members of the chapter, as they are the lifeblood of the organization, and without which we’d not be able to achieve nearly the level of excellence we’ve attained. I’d love nothing more than knowing that I helped play a part in the continued success of the chapter and its members, and that members share in the wonderful experience that I’ve had during this brief time. With passion, interest, and open minds and open hearts, there is nothing you can’t accomplish.
President of the Ohio University Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society