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.
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.
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.