PSD Summer Internships

The NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, Physical Sciences Division (PSD) has provided opportunities to 14 interns this summer. Nine of these students are NOAA Hollings Scholars working for 9 weeks; four have worked at PSD for two to three years; and one is here through a NOAA grant provided to Idaho State University. The interns have been working with PSD scientists on a variety of research projects. The culmination of their experience this summer will be to give a PowerPoint presentation about their work at a seminar series during the week of July 17, 2006. Talk titles of the PSD interns include, "Reanalysis using Byrd expedition data," "Geophysical sources of infrasound with a focus on atmospheric turbulence," "Analysis of infrasonic data associated with recent three recent major earthquakes," "Analysis of infrasonic data associated with recent three recent major earthquakes (plus supportive tsunami wave experiment)," "Exploring infrasonic radiation in hurricane dynamics," "Temperature patterns in complex terrain: A case study of the Rocky Mountains," "Correlation of precipitation and soil water content to rising river levels," and "Using computer tools to investigate atmospheric thickness."

NOAA has made a commitment to support participation in related sciences and careers, particularly by members of underrepresented groups, through internships, fellowships, traineeships, scholarships, mentorships, and by expanding field-based experiences for students. As an example, the Earnest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides recipients with awards that include academic assistance; a 9-10-week, full-time internship position in NOAA-related scientific, research, technology, policy, management, or education activities; and, if reappointed, academic assistance for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year.

Internships such as these provide opportunities for students to interact with the scientific community, and to provide exposure to potential career opportunities. NOAA has stressed the need to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, and technology; increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy; and prepare students for careers within NOAA and other science agencies.

Contact: Jorgeann Hiebert