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Spring 2015 OU/SPC Career Experience

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) and the OU School of Meteorology (SoM) are pleased to announce an unpaid “for credit” internship program for the Spring 2015 semester. The objective of the program is to provide the student with a semester-long experience to focus their career goals and provide an opportunity to apply meteorological principles in an operational forecast and research setting. The program is open to second semester juniors, seniors, and first year graduate students who have strong interests in severe weather forecasting and related research topics.

Selected students will spend between 8-10 hrs per week at the SPC working on a research project related to U.S. severe weather events, culminating in a term paper from the student. Three (3) credit hours in METR 3890/5990 will be earned through this program. The student will also have the opportunity to spend time in the SPC operations area to interact with forecasters and learn about the SPC severe weather forecast process.

With the co-location of the SPC and the SoM in the NWC building, this is a great opportunity! Please contact Jaret Rogers, SPC (, Christie Upchurch, SoM ( or Marcia Pallutto, SoM ( to obtain an application form.
The deadline for turning in your applications is Friday, November 21st.

Please submit completed applications in person or mail to:

OU/SPC Career Experience Program
Brenda Gomez
Storm Prediction Center
120 David L. Boren Blvd, Ste 2300 (2nd Floor)
Norman, OK 73072

Outstanding Junior for 2014-2015

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The 2014-2015 Outstanding Junior is Brett Borchardt.  Brett is majoring in Meteorology and has a 4.00 RET GPA.  He is from Naperville, IL.   Brett has also participated in a number of extracurricular activities, including OWL, the SoM Peer Mentoring Program, and SCAMS, as well has volunteering for the Big Event, the National Weather Festival, and the Naperville (IL) Emergency Management Association.  CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

Outstanding Senior for 2014-2015

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The 2014-2015 Outstanding Senior is Jessica Tomaszewski.  Jessica is majoring in Meteorology and has a 3.85 RET GPA. She is from Crystal Lake, IL. Jessica has also participated in OWL, SCAMS, the Big Event and Weather Fest, and has worked Weather Decision Technologies, OCS, the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Louisville, KY, and for NSSL in Norman as an (unpaid) honors research assistant.  She will graduate with a BS in METR Summa cum Laude this May, along with a minor in Math.  CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

Richard (Rick) D. Smith Recipient of The Francis W. Reichelderfer Award

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Richard (Rick) D. Smith

For vision, long-standing dedication, and the use of innovative technologies to enhance public safety in preparing for, and responding to, severe weather.

National Weather Center Scientist Honored-Dr. Kevin Kloesel

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Dr. Kevin Kloesel has been named the recipient of the American Meteorological Society’s 2015 Charles E. Anderson Award. Dr. Kloesel is a faculty member within the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences who actively teaches for the School. He received this award for over two decades of dedication to engaging minority and under-represented groups in the atmospheric sciences through community outreach and academic leadership.

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