Q: How many are we?
A: Not many at all! Around 20 students within each facet (Major, Minor, etc). Such a small department makes it easier to stand out for an internship or to seek personal help.
Q: The books are expensive!
A: Yes we know. Check out RateMyProfessor.com to see if a textbook is mandatory or not - it depends on the teacher. There may be free sources online. Also, the library may have your book and some may be available for rent. Look for Facebook pages and make a post asking for a copy of a desired book.
Q: Why are the elevators so slow?
A: We don't know but we notice it sometimes skips the main floor. So try to get to the basement; it may come sooner.
Q: You talk funny.
A: Here are some of our acronyms:
AOS/ATOC: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences CAOS: Council of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (graduate council)
TAs: teaching assistants
Q: When is Burnside building open?
A: The main doors are open from 7:00 to 22:00 weekdays. You can always enter with your student card at the North door outside of operating hours.
Q: How many council rooms does AOSSUM have?
A: We have three rooms in Burnside Hall: 710, 806 and 848. Passcodes can be acquired by email. By next fall 2016 we hope to have one large and newly renovated council room.
Q: How can I gain experience?
-Attend weekly presentations of guests from various domain in the field.
-Get an intership. Meet with teachers to look for a supervisor and prepare a proposal research. -Start applying for SURA and NSCER in January.