The Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) program is designed to further science education and provide access to careers in the atmospheric and related sciences for students of minority groups that are historically under-represented in the science community. Each student is teamed with a science mentor, a writing mentor and a community mentor. Please visit for more information.

Mary Barth discusses the effect of thunderstorms on chemical species with Marco Orozco

Roberto Cancel and Sasha Madronich examine temporal trends in Mexico City air quality.

ACD SOARS mentoring statistics

Activity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
ACD science mentors 10 5 13 6 4 4 4 2 3 2
ACD writing mentors 3 3 4 5 3 1 2 2 2 3
ACD community mentors 1 2 0 2 2 0 0 2 1 0

FY 2009

  • Anastasia Yanchalina, Research Mentors: Dan Marsh, Natalia Calvo, Writing Mentor: Kelley Barsanti, Computing Mentor: Julia Lee-Taylor
  • Nicole Ngo, Writing Mentor: Reta Lorenz
  • Dana Pauzauskie, Writing Mentor: Julia Lee-Taylor

FY 2008

  • Sandra Diaz, Community Mentor: Reta Lorenz
  • Alisha Fernandez, Writing Mentor: Kelley Barsanti
  • Taleo Mayo, Research Mentors: Lee Mauldin, Joshua McGrath, Tuuka Petaja
  • Lumari Pardo-Rodriguez, Writing Mentor: Dan Marsh

FY 2007

  • Douglas Gavin, Writing Mentor: Kelley Barsanti
  • ZiZi Searles, Community Mentor: Ilana Pollack
  • Christopher Williams, Research Mentor: Danny McKenna
  • Anastasia Yanchilina, Research Mentor: Lee Mauldin, Community Mentor: Reta Lorenz
  • Marcus Waldman, Writing Mentor: Jeff Yin

FY 2006

  • Clarence Mann, Science Mentor: Teresa Campos
  • Imani Morris, Science Mentor: Steve Massie
  • Marco Orozco, Science Mentor: Lee Mauldin, Writing Mentor: Anne Smith
  • Julien Wang, Science Mentor: Xuexi Tie, Writing Mentor: Danny McKenna

FY 2005

  • Melissa Burt, Writing Mentor: Christine Wiedinmyer
  • Roberto Cancel, Science Mentor: Sasha Madronich
  • Karen Diaz, Science Mentor: Andy Weinheimer
  • Clarence Mann, Science Mentor: Teresa Campos
  • Marco Orozco, Science Mentor: Mary Barth

FY 2004

  • Anthony Didlake, Community Mentor: Beth Holland
  • Atzel Drevon, Science Mentor: Alex Guenther
  • Deanna Hence, Writing Mentor: Sreela Nandi
  • Clarence Mann, Community Mentor: Kathleen Barney
  • Damian Mattis, Science Mentor: Jim Smith
  • Carlos Medina, Science Mentor: Mike Coffey
  • Andro Rios, Science Mentor: Steve Massie
  • Dione Lee Rossiter Writing Mentor: Chris Halvorson
  • Melanie Zauscher Writing Mentor: Barry Lefer

FY 2003

  • Roberto Cancel, Science Mentor: Mary Barth, Writing and Communication Mentor: Dan Marsh
  • Rebecca Chan,Science Mentor: Andrew Gettelman and Bill Randel
  • Deanna Hence,Writing and Communication Mentor: Sreela Nandi
  • Damian Mattis, Science Mentor: Steve Massie, Community Mentor: James Smith
  • Okason Morrison, Science Mentor: Lee Mauldin, Writing and Communication Mentor: Jean-Francois Lamarque
  • Erik Noble, Writing & Communication Mentor: Louisa Emmons
  • Nichole Spence, Science Mentor: Sasha Madronich, Writing and Communication Mentor: Sue Schauffler,Community Mentor: Yadwiga Beres

FY 2002

  • Shaan Bliss,Science Mentor: Lee Klinger; Writing Mentor: Sue Schauffler
  • Olusegun Goyea,Science Mentor: Chris Cantrell; Writing Mentor: Barry Lefer
  • Theresa Johnson, Science Mentor: Beth Holland
  • Ernesto Munoz, Science Mentor: Alan Fried
  • Amber Reynolds,Science Mentor: Dan Marsh; Writing Mentor: Mary Barth
  • Summer Sands, Science Mentor: Sasha Madronich; Writing Mentor: Julia Lee-Taylor
  • Tamara Singleton,Science Mentor: Bill Mankin
  • Rei Ueyama, Science Mentor: Steve Massie
  • Melanie Zauscher, Science Mentor: Frank Flocke, Craig Stroud, Andy Weinheimer

FY 2001

  • Rynda Hudman, Science Mentor: Mary Barth
  • Theresa Johnson, Science Mentor: Alex Guenther; Writing Mentor: Barry Lefer
  • Fabiola Navarro, Science Mentor: Steve Massie; Writing Mentor: Daniel McKenna
  • Erik Noble, Science Mentor: Daniel Marsh
  • Yasmin Rodriguez, Writing Mentor: Julia Lee-Taylor; Community Mentor: Lesley Smith
  • Tamara Singleton, Science Mentor: William Mankin;Community Mentor: Teresa Rivas