Lukas Ruddy ’18 has been named to the prestigious Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program, which will grant him the opportunity to further explore his academic passion for geoscience during the summer of 2017.
“Being selected is a great honor,” says the geoscience major. “I am excited to have the opportunity to work with students from around the country during the 10-week internship next summer. This program will provide me with valuable experience in the geoscience field.”
Offered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the highly competitive program seeks to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, outreach and education. As recipient of the NOAA Hollings Scholarship, Ruddy joins several others from HWS Geoscience who have recently earned the award, including Brooke Adams ’16, Macy Howarth ’16 and Pamela Eck ’15.
“These students are able to compete with science students at any institution across the country. This is a great opportunity for Luke and one that only arises through hard work and dedication,” says Assistant Professor of Geoscience Nick Metz.
To kick off his scholarship, Ruddy will attend an orientation program at NOAA’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. from May 30 to June 3. His 2017 internship placement is to be determined.
A double minor in mathematics and biology, Ruddy says his academic experience at the Colleges has been significant. “I chose geoscience mainly because of the research and fieldwork opportunities that go along with this area of study,” says Ruddy, whose adviser is Associate Professor of Geoscience Tara Curtain. “I have formed relationships with many of the geoscience faculty and I have enjoyed every related class I have taken.”
This summer, Ruddy is one of nine students who will work with Metz and Professor of Geoscience Neil Laird in the Atmospheric Science Research Group at HWS. On campus, he is also a member of the Hobart basketball team