The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) Alumni Network announced its 2015 Undergraduate Summer Research, Travel and Educational Enrichment Award winners.
The five recipients will receive awards ranging from $500 to $2,000 to help defray costs related to conducting research or traveling to field courses, conferences or other summer activities that enhance or expand the student's educational and professional development.
The 2015 award winners and their summer activities are described below.
Sutton Chiorini is a junior geology and physics double major in College Park Scholars. Interested in mapping fault structures to better understand how they respond to stress from mining or hydraulic fracturing, Chiorini will use the award toward a six-week summer research program at the University of Tokyo. There, she will study earthquake faulting mechanisms or earthquake prediction using seismic data.
Grace Duke is a junior geology and atmospheric and oceanic science double major who will travel across the world to conduct research at the University of Auckland and the New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research. Her research focuses on determining whether coral fossils collected from the southwest tropical Pacific are usable for isotopic analysis.
Meir Friedenberg is a sophomore computer science major interested in the design and analysis of algorithms. Meir will go to Israel for a summer internship in computer algorithms. He will be participating in the Kupcinet-Getz program at the Weizmann Institute of Science with other undergraduates from around the world.
Emma McConville is a senior geology major. An active member of the rock physics group at the University of Maryland and interested in geothermal energy, McConville will use the award toward a field camp, which allows young geologists to apply theories and practices learned in the classroom to a real-life situation. She will gain hands-on experience in geological mapping and structures, and hopes to collaborate with other students who have a passion for geothermal energy.
Orlan Wilhite is a junior computer science major. This summer, Wilhite will intern at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service. He will spend his time collecting data and conducting statistical analyses of weather trends and climate effects on precipitation in the Northeastern U.S. He will also learn how to program in MATLAB and Python, and use ArcGIS software.
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