Atmospheric Science M.S. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The mission of the UNR Atmospheric Sciences (hereafter ATMS) teaching program is to train graduate students in the theoretical, experimental, and technological foundations of meteorology and climatology, atmospheric physics, atmospheric chemistry and air quality, and to prepare these scientists to be leaders in the multiple avenues of atmospheric research and education. The goal of the M.S. program in ATMS is to prepare and educate students in the application of existing or new methods in conducting theoretical studies, and developing and applying instruments and measuring techniques in the earth-atmosphere system.

Program Outcomes

1. Students will progress in the master's program after the second semesters following enrollment.

Student Performance Indicators
  • With assistance from the advisor, each student will develop and submit a formal program of study.
  • Each student will form a graduate committee.
Assessment Method
  • Graduate Director will monitor how many students have programs of study and provide the statistics.
  • Graduate Director will monitor how many students have committees and provide the statistics.

2. Students will write and defend a thesis which makes a significant scientific contribution in the Atmospheric Sciences.

Student Performance Indicators

  • Each student will write a thesis on a topic approved by her/his committee.
  • Each student will make an oral defense of her/his thesis.

Assessment Method

  • The advisor and the graduate committee will assess (Approved/Disapproved) student's thesis.
  • The advisor and the graduate committee will assess (Approved/Disapproved) student's oral defense of the thesis.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of theoretical and observational aspects of Atmospheric Sciences.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Academic achievements through exams, seminars, and teaching activities.
Assessment Method
  • Advisor assesses student's achievements using her/his exam grades, seminar and teaching evaluations on this scale: fully meeting expectations, substantially meeting expectations, substantially failing expectations. Graduate director approves the assessments and compiles the results.

2. Students will be able to engage with the observational and theoretical aspects of research studies (numerical and graphical analysis of data and modeling results, writing reports, operating and developing instruments, working with models, etc.).

Student Performance Indicators
  • Achievements through student's participation in the observational and theoretical aspects of research studies (numerical and graphical analysis of data and modeling results, writing reports, operating and developing instruments, working with models, etc.).
Assessment Method
  • Advisor subjectively assesses student's achievements on this scale: fully meeting expectations, substantially meeting expectations, substantially failing expectations. Graduate director approves the assessments and compiles the results.

3. Students will be able to demonstrate achievement in communication skills.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students will present research results at professional conferences and submit articles for publication.
Assessment Method
  • Advisor subjectively assesses student's achievements using her/his interest and participation in poster, conference and seminar presentations, and authoring and co-authoring scientific publications on this scale: fully meeting expectations, substantially meeting expectations, substantially failing expectations. Graduate director approves the assessments and compiles the results.