Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Two undergraduates in the University of Maryland’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences have received National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings scholarships. Robert Lukin, a chemistry major, and Michael Natoli, a double major in atmospheric and oceanic science and mathematics, received the Hollings scholarships.

Robert LukinEach student will receive $8,000 per year in academic assistance; a 10-week, full-time paid summer internship at a NOAA facility; and the opportunity to renew the scholarship for a second year with the same benefits. The internship provides the scholars with hands-on educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management and education. Awards also include travel funds to attend orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

Lukin, who is a member of the College Park Scholars Life Sciences program, currently conducts research in the laboratory of John Fourkas, the Millard Alexander Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. This summer, he will participate in the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program at New York University.

Michael NatoliNatoli is conducting research with Hugo Berbery, a research professor in UMD’s Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center. He presented his work at the 2013 American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting. Natoli is a member of the University Honors program.

NOAA receives an average of 900 Hollings undergraduate scholarship applications each year. This year, 106 scholarships were awarded.

The Hollings scholarship program is designed to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science research, technology, and education, and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities; increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy; recruit and prepare students for public service careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science; and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States.

--University of Maryland/College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences--

Media Relations Contact: Abby Robinson, 301-405-5845, abbyr@umd.edu