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KU Geography and Atmospheric Science Scholarships Awarded

Friday, July 13, 2018

The University of Kansas Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science awarded eight departmental student scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. A variety of scholarships are made possible through the generosity of donors and support both undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate superb academic achievements within the programs.

Walter Kollmorgen Scholarship

This fund honors Walter Kollmorgen, University of Kansas distinguished professor who grew the geography department and served as chair from 1947-1967.

Yane Tan

Yane Tan on the KU campus.

Yane Tan is a senior majoring in geography with a focus on physical geography, particularly hydrology. She has been a teaching assistant for five consecutive semesters and worked in both the pedology and ecohydrology labs. She plans to do undergraduate research during the 2018-2019 academic year and later study fluvial geomorphology in graduate school. She is from Johor, Malaysia.

Walter Bohnstengel Scholarship

The funding for this scholarship was provided by the late Walter Bohnstengel, who graduated from KU in 1910 with a degree in mechanical engineering. It provides financing for a variety of purposes including support for atmospheric science students.

Jacob Asherman is a senior majoring in atmospheric science. He recently completed volunteer work at the National Weather Service in Topeka. Jacob lives in Kansas City, Kansas.

“I'm beyond honored and humbled to receive the Bohnstengel Scholarship," Jacob said. "Thunderstorms and tornadoes were originally what led me to pursue meteorology. There is so much to love about atmospheric science, whether it be mid-latitude cyclones, planetary waves, carbon cycles, or of course, thunderstorms.”


Jacob Asherman

Jacob Asherman at the NWS in Topeka, Kansas.

Tristan W. Green is a senior majoring in atmospheric science and has been working with department chair Dr. Nate Brunsell on a developing research project investigating nighttime evapotranspiration. He has also been working with the department’s soils research team. Tristan is from Excelsior, Minnesota.

Tyler S. Harrington is a senior majoring in atmospheric science and mathematics. Tyler is currently working with Dr. David Mechem on a project looking at tropical cloud behavior. He also works in the data analysis section of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research lab in Lawrence. Tyler is from Dallas, Texas.

Rebeka L. Cunningham is a senior majoring in atmospheric science who plans to pursue a career as a flight forecaster and meteorologist. She is from Overland Park, Kansas. 

"I have a passion for aviation which is how I became familiar with atmospheric science. I am very grateful for the opportunity to study at the University of Kansas and would like to thank the department for choosing me for this scholarship."

Brittany Foster in front of a green screen

Brittany Foster at WIBW-TV.

Joe Eagleman Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2017 by a former student of Professor Emeritus Joe Eagleman, who taught atmospheric science at the University of Kansas for 39 years. Eagleman developed technology that was adopted nationally and wrote four textbooks widely used in the field.

Brittany M. Foster is a junior studying atmospheric science with a minor in journalism. Brittany has completed an internship at WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kansas and is interested in severe weather, cloud dynamics and furthering scientific communications with the public. She is from Overland Park, Kansas.

Dirk M. Petersen is a senior majoring in atmospheric science and is president of the KU Chapter of the American Meteorological Society for the 2018-2019 academic year. Dirk is from Wichita, Kansas.

"I am particularly interested in hail and its formation and am planning on pursuing undergraduate research within the department this year."

Dirk Petersen

Dirk Petersen in the field.


George F. Jenks Scholarship

This scholarship honors the KU professor who helped guide the early years of the program and the cartography curriculum.

James Coll

James Coll in the field.

James Coll is a Ph.D. student in geography. James was president of the 2017 GIS Day at KU committee which plans and hosts the annual free event. GIS Day brings together students, faculty, and the greater public to see how GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technology is making positive changes in the world. He was awarded a KU Field Station Scholarship and a KU Graduate Research Competition Award earlier this year.

“I thoroughly enjoy quantifying and visualizing the state and fluxes of the water cycle, particularly surface waters.  I'm also really driven by applications of science and technology for solutions.”


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