Posted by: McCarty Hatfield on Sep 20, 2013

PSC Students Earn Travel Scholarships

Three Plants, Soils and Climate students, Danny Barandiaran,Kirsti Hakala and Boniface Fosu, recently received $800 travel grants to attend the annual Climate Diagnostics and Prediction Workshop. The three will travel to College Park, Maryland in October to present their research at the workshop.
The CDPW is hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a federal agency focused on the condition of the oceans and the atmosphere, and has participates from all over the world.
Simon Wang, assistant professor in PSC said, “This year, CDPW only funds six students nationwide, and three of them are from our Climate Program. I think that means something, that the USU Climate Program is gaining credibility of having good science and good students.”
Wang said CDPW offers travel grants to encourage graduate students conducting climate research to present and attend, because students make up one-third to one-fifth of the participates annually.
At the workshop Barandiaran will be presenting on changes in the U.S.'s wind pattern in relation to severe droughts; Hakala will be presenting on groundwater resources and climate variability; andFosu will present on variability of tropical cyclones in the Bay of Bengal, where one-third of the Asian population lives.