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May 26, 2020

Kyle Chudler and Michael Cheeseman attend AMS Summer Policy Colloquium

Kyle Chudler and Michael Cheeseman have been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation to attend the American Meteorological Society’s Summer Policy Colloquium. Normally held in Washington, D.C., the colloquium introduces participants to the policy process and covers timely weather and climate-related topics. Graduate students selected through a highly competitive process usually have the opportunity to meet policy makers and decision makers from Capitol Hill, federal agencies, academia, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

This year, the immersion workshop’s 20th, will be a little different, due to the global pandemic. Virtual sessions will run June 1-9, with a potential in-person meeting in late summer or early fall.

Chudler, a Ph.D. candidate with Professor Steven Rutledge, was drawn to the policy colloquium because he always has enjoyed leading science outreach. He looks forward to learning how effective communication of science can be used to shape government guidelines.

“As I start considering what I want to do with my career after CSU, I am excited to explore the new doors I expect to be opened through the experience gained and connections made at the colloquium,” Chudler said.

Cheeseman, a Ph.D. candidate with Associate Professor Jeff Pierce, has wanted to attend the policy colloquium since first hearing about it four years ago. He’s interested in a career that bridges the gap between the scientific community, policy makers and the public.

“I am excited to learn more about how science plays a role in Washington,” Cheeseman said.

Photos at top: Michael Cheeseman, left, and Kyle Chudler