NOAA Hosts Summer Research Students

2008 NOAA Hollings interns in Norman (from left): Jace Bauer, John Cintineo, Derek Stratman, David Cook, Jim Kurdzo, Amanda Sheffield, Jason Hwang, Keli Tarp (NOAA Office of Communication). Not pictured: Sean Waugh.

2008 NOAA Hollings interns in Norman (from left): Jace Bauer, John Cintineo, Derek Stratman, David Cook, Jim Kurdzo, Amanda Sheffield, Jason Hwang, Keli Pirtle (NOAA Office of Communication). Not pictured: Sean Waugh.

Eight undergraduate students from around the U.S. are in Norman this summer working on research projects as part of the NOAA Hollings Scholars program. The prestigious program is designed to help encourage students to pursue a future career in atmospheric science research.

Researchers from the National Severe Storms Laboratory and Storm Prediction Center and the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies volunteer their time to be paired with a student. Together the team chooses a project and the scientists guide them through the research process. The students formally present at the end of the summer. The experience is augmented by tours, field trips and lectures.

This years’ research topics are:

Environmental Conditions Associated with Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes in the United States – Jace Bauer, Purdue University, mentored by Harold Brooks, NSSL.

Investigating Severe Storms Attributes in NWS Tornado Warnings using WDSS-II Radar-Derived Products – John Cintineo, Cornell University, mentored by Travis Smith, CIMMS.

Climatological Analysis of the Water Budget and Soil Infiltration Characteristics Throughout the State of Oklahoma – David Cook, SUNY Albany, mentored by J.J. Gourley, NSSL.

Composite RUC Analyses of Weakly-Forced Mesoscale Convective Systems – Jason Hwang, Miami University, mentored by Dave Stensrud and Mike Coniglio, NSSL.

An Analysis of the Accuracy of Wind Measurements Taken on a Mobile Mesonet Vehicle – Sean Waugh, University of Oklahoma, mentored by Dave Rust and Don MacGorman, NSSL.

Evolution of a Tornadic Supercell Thunderstorm. Part I: Preparation of
One-Minute Phased Array Radar Measurements for Analysis
– James Kurdzo, Millersville University, mentored by Rodger Brown, NSSL and Pam Heinselman, CIMMS.

An Examination of Simulated Reflectivity Forecasts from a 10-member Storm Scale Ensemble Prediction System – Derek Stratman, Valparaiso University, mentored by David Bright, Storm Prediction Center.

Comparative Lightning Characteristics of a Tornadic and Non-Tornadic Oklahoma Thunderstorm on April 24-25, 2006 – Amanda Sheffield, Purdue University, mentored by Phillip Bothwell and Joe Schaefer, SPC.