Notable achievements by SSEC-affiliated students

Undergraduate and graduate students in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) are using their knowledge to teach and conduct impressive research: Many were recognized this spring with honors or awards in their field.

All three students featured in the slideshow below have collaborated with scientists at the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC). Since its inception, SSEC has been dedicated to hiring both matriculated students and recent graduates to assist its scientists in conducting globally recognized research. Working at SSEC allows students to connect with skilled mentors outside the classroom, fostering their development into tomorrow’s science leaders.

Congrats Jessica Gartzke, Matthew Westphall, and Michelle Feltz!

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    Jessica Gartzke, an AOS graduate student working with SSEC scientist Bob Knuteson, “just” had an article published in the Journal of Undergraduate Science and Technology (JUST), a bi-annual research journal produced by undergraduate students at UW-Madison. Her article, “Comparison of AIRS Satellite, ERA Model and Radiosonde Convective Available – Potential Energy Data in the Southern Great Plains Region,” aims to improve severe-weather prediction.

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    Matthew Westphall, an AOS undergraduate student working with SSEC scientist Jon Gero, was one of 17 candidates chosen (out of 80 applicants from across the campus) to receive a 2016 Sophomore Research Fellowship. His project will investigate ocean emissivity using data from the Marine-AERI instrument.

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    Michelle Feltz, a former AOS undergraduate and graduate student working with SSEC scientist Bob Knuteson, was selected to receive the department’s 2016 Heinz Lettau Award for her master’s thesis, “Guidance for Stratospheric Temperature Products: Comparing Cosmic Radio Occultation and AIRS Hyperspectral Infrared Sounder Data.” The judging criteria included scientific significance, originality, creativity, and overall excellence.