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2012 Student Science & Education Symposium winners

August 17, 2012 From July 31-August 2, 2012, the NOAA Office of Education held our annual Student Science and Education Symposium. These exciting 3 days of sessions and information sharing are the culmination of internships at NOAA locations around the United States for 130 Hollings and EPP student scholarship recipients. These fortunate undergraduates selected scientific projects designed by NOAA scientists, and spent 9 weeks this summer contributing to research and analysis associated with these projects. During their 10th week, all of them participate in this opportunity to share a summary of their results with the NOAA community. NOAA scientists and policy staff judge each oral and poster presentation. Scholar presentations were grouped in concurrent sessions according to NOAA’s four long term goals; healthy oceans; resilient coastal communities and economies; a weather-ready nation; and climate adaptation and mitigation.
2012 Student Science & Education Symposium Winners.
Left to Right: Kandace Kea, Genki Kino, Tricia Thibodeau, Maria Tarduno, Ethan Coffel, Dr. Kathy Sullivan, Collin Perkinson, Vinoo Ganesh, Kelly Gregorcyk, Ellen Ward, Jennifer Mills, Neesha Schnepf
2012 Student Science & Education Symposium Winners. Left to Right: Kandace Kea, Genki Kino, Tricia Thibodeau, Maria Tarduno, Ethan Coffel, Dr. Kathy Sullivan, Collin Perkinson, Vinoo Ganesh, Kelly Gregorcyk, Ellen Ward, Jennifer Mills, Neesha Schnepf (NOAA)

The event is conducted in the same manner as numerous professional conferences, providing many of these students their first opportunity to experience an oral or poster presentation before an audience. To see the topic of each student’s research, please download an agenda at www.epp.noaa.gov. The judging process has clearly-defined criteria, with numeric scores awarded. Winning presentations for each category are based on the highest point score, and first place winners receive a cash award. These scores, along with judges’ comments and suggestions are subsequently provided to each student, to assist them in improving their presentation skills. Furthermore, each year, students are surveyed about their experiences during the summer internship and at the Symposium, to ensure that each subsequent gathering provides the best possible experience for these ambitious student scholars!

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction and Deputy Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as well as Acting Chief Scientist was the keynote speaker at the awards ceremony. She provided a sweeping summary of NOAA accomplishments during the 9 weeks of the students’ internships, helping them envision how their dynamic summers were contributing to NOAA’s achievements. She congratulated all the student scholars for a job well done, gave kudos to Office of Education staff for a successful scholarship program, and posed for a photo with each student award winner.

Award Winners

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Weather-Ready Nation

1st Place – Genki Kino, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 

Climate Adaptation and Mitigation

Honorable Mention – Ethan Coffel, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 

ORAL PRESENTATIONS

Weather-Ready Nation

1st Place – Neesha Schnepf, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Honorable Mention – Jennifer Mills, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 

Climate Adaptation and Mitigation

1st Place – Tricia Thibodeau, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME 
Honorable Mention – Ellen Ward, Columbia University, New York, NY 

Resilient Coastal Communities

(tie) 1st Place – Maria Tarduno, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY 
1st Place – Kandace Kea, Howard University, Washington, DC 
Honorable Mention – Kelly Gregorcyk, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC

Healthy Oceans

1st Place - Collin Perkinson, Reed College, Portland, OR 
Honorable Mention – Vinoo Ganesh, Washington University, St. Louis, MO