UCAR Steering Committee

Larisa P. Goncharenko, Haystack Observatory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kelly Korreck, High Energy Atrophysics Department, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Susan Lepri, Solar and Heliospheric Research Group, University of Michigan

Mike Liemohn, Department of Climate and Space Science Engineering, University of Michigan

Xudong Sun, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai'i at Manoa


The steering committee meets annually to review applications and make recommendations to CPAESS for appointments.   Steering committee terms are generally three years.

Selection Criteria


  • Quality of applicant
  • Relevance of proposed research to the Program's goals and objectives
  • Scientific potential


  • Quality of matches with hosts and facilities
  • Preference to recent PhDs and those changing fields (PhD within 3 years)
  • Appointments made with attempt to have spread of institutions with balance between universities and research labs
  • In most cases, candidates should change institutions (need compelling reason not to).