Adams ’16 Named Hollings Scholar – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Adams ’16 Named Hollings Scholar

Brooke Adams ’16 was recently named to the prestigious Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program. As a Hollings Scholar, Adams will be provided with up to $8,000 in academic assistance and a 10-week, paid full-time summer internship at a NOAA facility next summer. Awards also include all travel expenses to attend orientations and conferences.

“I am so honored to be the recipient of the Hollings Scholarship,” says Adams, a geoscience major and double minor in environmental studies and math. “Attending HWS provides not only a quality liberal arts education, but also a variety of resources.”

Adams came to HWS interested in atmospheric science and passionately pursued that program of study within the Geoscience Department, starting with the First-Year Seminar, “The Science and Communication of Weather,” and also being a member of the Learning Community, “Introduction to Meteorology.”

Last winter, Adams participated in the Ontario Winter Lake-effect Systems (OWLeS) project, funded by the National Science Foundation. With project collaborators Associate Professor of Geoscience Neil Laird and Assistant Professor of Geoscience Nicholas Metz, Adams and eight other students gained field experience with measurement equipment and collecting meteorological data.

“My adviser, Neil Laird, and Nick Metz have helped me take full advantage of the resources that HWS has to offer,” says Adams, noting they encouraged her to apply for the Hollings Scholarship, as well as the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer internship at Washington State University, which she completed this summer.

Adams worked on the Integrated Characterization of Energy, Clouds, Atmospheric state and Precipitation project (ICECAPS) under the mentorship of Professor Von Walden, of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Laboratory for Atmospheric Research of Washington State University. ICECAPS sought to characterize the polar meteorology over the Greenland ice sheet and a suite of instruments was set up at Summit Station, Greenland. Ceilometer and surface meteorology data from Summit, as well as North Atlantic Oscillation Index data, was used to characterize the relationship between upper level and surface meteorology over the Greenland Ice sheet. Adams also gained experience conducting data analysis using the computer program IPython.

“Getting experience in the field and conducting my own research has been an important step in pursuing my passion for meteorology by helping me realize my strengths and interests within the field,” says Adams. “Taking advantage of these opportunities and receiving the Hollings Scholarship will propel me to reach my goal of going to graduate school for atmospheric science.”

On campus, Adams served as a teaching assistant for the “Introduction to Meteorology” learning community last year and will be a Quantitative Reasoning and Symbolic Logic Fellow for the Center for Teaching and Learning this fall.

“Brooke is a very pleasant person with a great work ethic. She takes her academics very seriously and is always trying to get the most from whatever she works on, as well as contribute 100 percent to whatever she is involved with,” says Laird.

Offered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the highly competitive Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program seeks to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, outreach and education. Adams is among only roughly 100 Hollings undergraduate scholars selected from a pool of approximately 900 applicants. She is the third HWS recipient in two years. In 2013, Pamela Eck ’15 was named Hollings Scholar and Macy Howarth ’16 was named earlier this year.