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Geoscience Students Join Grad Programs

Building on their academic experiences at HWS as geoscience students, Brooke Adams ’16, Katherine Coughlin ’16 and Macy Howarth ’16 will continue their studies this fall in graduate programs across the country.  

Adams will join Texas A&M University’s atmospheric science Ph.D. program, Coughlin will join University of Virginia’s environmental sciences program where she’ll pursue an M.S. in hydrology, and Howarth will seek her Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from SUNY Albany.

“My education at Hobart and William Smith has provided me opportunities that have driven me to pursue a graduate degree,” says Adams, a geoscience major and double minor in environmental studies and mathematics. “I am looking forward to focusing more in depth on my specific interests.”

A recipient of the prestigious Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship, Adams interned at the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab where she conducted research with state-of-the-art global climate models. Additionally, Adams was awarded a competitive National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates internship at Washington State University to work on researching Arctic climate. Adams says HWS Geoscience faculty gave her the tools and one-on-one mentorship to be successful in her studies, and served as advocates while pursuing these research experiences and preparing for graduate school.

At HWS, Adams also participated in the Ontario Winter Lake-effect Systems (OWLeS) project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Coughlin, a geoscience major with a focus in hydrology and meteorology, agrees that the faculty provided her with opportunities to pursue her scholarly interests.

“I was able to take advantage of research internships, teaching assistantships and GEO 299 trips across the country,” says Coughlin, who is also minoring in environmental studies. “Within the department I was able to forge strong relationships with my professors who helped foster my passion for geoscience.”

During her time at HWS, Coughlin conducted three years of summer research, ranging from studying field-forest microclimates to water quality in the Finger Lakes. A former intern with New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Coughlin also credits Professors of Geoscience John Halfman and Neil Laird for their guidance.

Howarth, a geoscience major with a concentration in atmospheric sciences and minors in math and environmental studies, says she’s looking forward to joining the NSF’s Partnerships for International Research and Education Project at SUNY Albany in which she’ll study both climate and weather. She’ll be investigating changes in extreme precipitation in the Northeast. 

A recipient of the prestigious NOAA Hollings Scholarship, Howarth served as an intern with the National Weather Service Office of Communications. At the Colleges, she was one of nine HWS student researchers who worked on the OWLeS project under the guidance of Laird and Assistant Professor of Geoscience Nicholas Metz.

In 2014, Howarth was awarded the Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. She also conducted an Honors project in atmospheric science and has been inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.