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Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) Records

Identifier:  - 06-SOARS

Scope and Contents

SOARS, Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science, is an undergraduate-to-graduate bridge program designed to broaden participation in the atmospheric and related sciences. SOARS held their inaugural class in 1996-1997 with a class of 13 proteges. The program goal was to "create a direct 'pipeline' to bring ethnically diverse students into careers in the atmospheric and related sciences including engineering, mathematics and social sciences." The SOARS collection contains early records of the group, including a number of protege papers and the proposal document for the program.


  • 1981-2005
  • Majority of material found in 1996-2005
  • Other: Date acquired: 2010-02-26


Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.


3.00 Boxes

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The original order of the collection has been maintained as much as possible. Materials were grouped together into series by the Archivist. In the detailed description below, these titles have been transcribed as accurately as possible. Protege papers are arranged alphabetically by author and then chronologically by the original printed date. Selections from SOARS Presentations have been digitized and are available online in OpenSky. The collection is housed in 3 record cartons and organized into the following 6 series: Series 1: Administration Series 2: Correspondence Series 3: Presentations Series 4: Publications Series 5: General History Series 6: Papers

Physical Access Requirements

The collection must be viewed in the Archives during normal business hours.

Technical Access Requirements

A VHS format tape has not been reformatted to a digital medium yet. Playback equiment is not available.

Source of Acquisition

Rebecca Haacker-Santos, Program Coordinator, accession #2010.003

Method of Acquisition

Some materials came to the Archives in 2010-2011 as part of a project to clean up materials stored at an off-site storage facility, others came from the SOARS office. Two copies of the protege papers were sent to Archives. Of those, one copy was sent to the Library.

Accruals and Additions

Additional accruals are expected. Copies of the 2008 and 2009 protege abstracts were added in May 2015.

Related Materials

SOARS Manuscript Collection in OpenSky

Processing Information

This collection was processed in May-June 2013. During processing, folders were arranged by type and chronological order was established. All materials were placed into acid-free folder and boxes. Duplicate publications have been discarded. VuGraph transparencies and construction paper have been interleafed with acid-free paper. Covers and bindings of protege papers have been removed and each paper has been foldered individually.

Faith Percell
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Repository Details

Part of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Archives Repository