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Meteorology Undergraduate Research

Students and faculty often work together on research projects that contribute to our understanding of atmospheric science. These projects allow students to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom, and give them practice in the process of conducting and presenting research. Students can receive full funding to present their work at a national conference. Since 2007, the following projects have been completed and presented at the conferences listed.

 

Analysis of Wet and Dry Microburst Simulations and the Importance of the Elevated Dry Layer on Wet Microburst Formation and Strength

  • National Weather Association Annual Meeting, October 2013
  • American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, February 2014
  • Won 1st place in both Undergraduate Student Poster Contests

 

Predictability of Impacts Associated with the February 2011 ÒGroundhogÕs DayÓ Storm

  • American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, February 2014

 

Influence of Microphysics Choice on Downburst Development in Simulated Air Mass Thunderstorms

  • American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, February 2014

            

Numerical Simulation of a Snowfall Event with Mesoscale Snowbands to the Northeast and Northwest of the Surface Low: March 30th 2009

  • American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, January 2013

 

Comparison of Two Forecasts for Tornadoes Associated with Cold Core 500-mb Lows: Surprise and Bust

  • National Weather Association Annual Meeting, October 2012
  • American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, January 2013
  • Won 1st place in the Undergraduate Student Poster Contest

 

Evaluation of Mount Pleasant, MI Urban Heat Plume

  • National Weather Association Annual Meeting, October 2012
  • American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, January 2013

 

Monthly Relationships Between NAO Mode and North American Snow Pack Persistence on a One-Degree-by-One-Degree Grid

  • American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, January 2013

 

 Evaluation of the Mesoscale Convective Vortex of August 11-12, 2010

  • American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, January 2012

Won 1st place in the Undergraduate Student Poster Contest

 

Analysis of Microphysics Scheme Performance with the October 2006 Buffalo Snowstorm

  • National Weather Association Annual Meeting, October 2010
  • Won 1st place in the Undergraduate Student Poster Contest

            

The Spatial and Temporal Variability in Snow-to-Liquid Ratio Across Michigan

  • National Weather Association Annual Meeting, October 2009

 

Analyses of Radar-Observed Descending Reflectivity Cores in Supercell Thunderstorms

  • National Weather Association Annual Meeting, October 2009
  • Won 2nd place in the Undergraduate Student Poster Contest

 

Effects of Precipitation Events on the Frequency and Duration of Combined Sewer Overflows in Selected Michigan Communities

  • Posters at the Michigan State Capitol, April 2009

 

Accuracy of a Local WRF-ARW Model Run for the 22-24 December 2007 Cyclone Using the New Model Evaluation Tools Verification Package

  • National Weather Association Annual Meeting, October 2008
  • Won 3rd place in the Undergraduate Student Poster Contest

 

Accuracy of a WRF Simulation of the 12 June 2001 Mesoscale Convective System

  • National Weather Association Annual Meeting, October 2007
  • Won 1st place in the Undergraduate Student Poster Contest

                                                

The Role of Lower Mississippi Valley Elevated Convection in Snowfall Further North: 4-5 February 2005

  • ​National Weather Association Annual Meeting, October 2007