Welcome to the official website for the Ohio University Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (OUCAMS). In 2005, this chapter was originally known as the Ohio University Meteorology Club. In 2009, the club then became affiliated with the American Meteorological Society (AMS) to now be known as OUCAMS, and is also a local chapter of the national AMS.
OUCAMS is a student organization at the Ohio University Athens campus that has a passion for the weather. Students don’t have to have a Meteorology major, or even a minor, to be a member of this chapter. All you need is the passion, or just an interest, in the weather. This student chapter has grown tremendously throughout the years, and has been getting more recognition through many outreach programs in the Athens community and surrounding areas.
Our chapter is very active in community, educational, and social events throughout the school year. One of our new service projects during the 2014-2015 school year was being a part of the Adopt-A-Highway program, where we clean up a section of highway in Athens multiple times a year. We also participated as a chapter in this year’s Athens Beautification Day. Another ongoing community service opportunity we have is outreach days with local schools. Members will either go to the school, or they will come to campus, and they perform experiments to teach younger students about the weather. In addition, we traveled to Pittsburgh once again to help the California University of Pennsylvania with their annual StormFest program at the Carnegie Science Center.
We held another successful symposium this year! Attendance was an all-time high, and we had 9 great speakers from a variety of places, including The Weather Channel, the National Hurricane Center, and FEMA. Some of our members also attended the American Meteorological Society Student Conference in Phoenix, Arizona in January. 4 members stayed to work the main conference, along with the 3 graduate students who attended it as well. In addition, two of our undergraduate students presented their research during the student poster session. It provided a great networking opportunity for our members.
Our members love doing activities outside of club meetings, whether it’s movie nights, anything involving sports, or just going out to eat together. We had a variety of intramural teams this year- softball, volleyball, and kickball. Scary movies are always popular amongst members, as well as gathering weekly for TV shows. We went to OU sporting events as well, like football, basketball, and hockey. Some of our main club social events were game nights, the Opening Weekend Cookout, Fall Jamboree, and our annual Spring Cabin Trip.
Another great aspect of our club is our Peer Mentor/Mentee program. New members get paired with an upperclassman to help them with the transition into college life, as well as to get better integrated into the club. Mentors and mentees have special events as a group, plus they arrange things as a pair, whether it’s going to dinner, a movie, or getting help with homework.
This organization has really helped make Ohio University home for me. It provides not only educational and networking opportunities that will help me in the future, but it gives me a family to have during my four years here. I encourage anyone who has an interest in the weather to come see what our club is all about.
President of the Ohio University Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society