University at Albany Weather, Climate, & Chemistry Camp 2023 Application
Deadline: updated to May 20th, 2023
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The University at Albany Weather, Climate, & Chemistry Camp (UAWCCcamp) is a day camp for teens from the New York Capitol District. The UAWCCcamp is designed to be an interactive experience where students learn about the science of weather, climate and environmental chemistry through first hand experience under the instruction of experts in the field. Students will also learn about career opportunities and the college application & financial aid process.

Funding was provided from 2015-2018 and 2021-2023 by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Camp has also been funded by generous grants from the William Gundry Broughton Foundation and Bender Scientific.  The camp is hosted by the University at Albany Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Science and the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, led by Research Associate Dr. Sara Lance and Associate Professor Dr. Justin Minder.

Students attend the UAWCCcamp free of charge. The camp will meet on the University at Albany main campus from 9am-4pm each day during the weekdays from of August 2–11, 2023.  Lunch will be provided free of charge each day.  

Current high school students from the Capital District are eligible to apply. Special consideration will be given to students from Schenectady, Albany, Troy, Watervliet, and Rensselaer.

Students from all backgrounds are welcome. Students from historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply! (for example, girls and students of African American or Hispanic descent, as well as economically disadvantaged students)

Complete the application form below in its entirety and submit by May 20th.

More information can be found at: 

Contact the Camp Directors with any questions:
Dr. Sara Lance, 518-437-8663,
Dr. Justin Minder, 518-437-3732,

Contact Information
Name (student) *
First and last name
Email address (student) *
All communications will be sent via email, so make sure to use an address that you check regularly!!
Phone number (student)
Current grade level *
Birth date *
Race / ethnicity
How did you hear about the Weather and Climate Camp? *
School Information
School name *
Current GPA
Expected graduation year *
List all of your high school math courses to date *
List all of your high school science courses to date *
Might you need transportation assistance to help you get to and from the UAlbany campus during the camp?
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Short responses
Please write short responses  (<300 words each) to each of the following:
Describe either a weather, climate or chemistry phenomena that interests you or an event that impacted you.  Why is this interesting to you? *
What do you hope to get out of Camp? Why do you wish to be selected to participate in this program? *
One letter of recommendation from either a science or math teacher is required. Provide the teacher information about the camp (website or description) and ask them to comment on:
Your motivation to learn
Your in-class behavior

Your teacher should send their recommendation to Dr. Sara Lance by May 20th if possible.  Only sealed envelopes or emails directly from teachers are acceptable.

The recommendation should be submitted by email to:

Name of teacher that letter was requested from *
Email address of teacher that letter was requested from *
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