Hobart College senior Elliott Morrill, a member of the HWS sailing team, and geoscience major with a concentration in atmospheric science has recently been accepted into a competitive graduate program at the University of Miami.
Morrill is one of four HWS senior geoscience majors with concentrations in atmospheric science that have been accepted into a graduate program in the specialized area of their field. Geoscience faculty Neil Laird and Nick Metz, who over the past four years have taught and mentored the students, aren’t surprised by the grad school acceptances.
“These students have taken full advantage of everything we’ve been able to offer,” says Laird, the chair of the Geoscience Department. “We’ve encouraged them to build on their experiences at HWS by seeking opportunities outside the Colleges, working with people other than me and Nick, attending conferences to connect with other scholars, and encouraging them to become well-rounded in terms of their experiences. Now they’re getting multiple offers to graduate programs in a competitive discipline. I couldn’t be prouder.”
Morrill will undertake a two-semester master’s program alongside a 3-to-12 month long internship. Feeling “very prepared to tackle the graduate programs as well as the professional world,” he says he was drawn to the program’s focus on “the applied side of meteorology…This program will allow me to explore the professional side as opposed to the research side of meteorology.”
“I loved the HWS geoscience program,” says Morrill, a geoscience major, mathematics and environmental studies double minor. “My interest in atmospheric science stemmed from my first courses at HWS. I was placed into the first-year seminar “Science and Communication of Weather,” which was a Learning Community coupled with “Introduction to Meteorology.” After those two classes I was hooked, I continued to take atmospheric courses at the Colleges and have taken almost every course available.”
A captain of the HWS sailing team and a member of Statesmen Seniors and Captains Council, Morrill has competed in 10 regattas as a skipper this year. He helped the team win the MAISA Team Race, the GW Team Race, the Atlantic Coast Tournament and the inaugural David Lee Arnoff Regatta. Morrill is expected to be one of the skippers when HWS competes in the ICSA Dinghy National Championship in Newport, Rhode Island, June 1-4.