Department of Atmospheric Science

Current Interns

2021 Cohort

2021 REU Student Research Symposium

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 – Oral Presentations

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM MDT

Presentations will be given in person in ATS 101 AND streamed via Zoom.

View the Oral Presentation Schedule here.

Thursday, August 5, 2021 – Poster Session

10:00 -11:30 AM MDT (Morning Session)

1:30 – 3:00 PM MDT  (Afternoon Session)

Location: ATS West Seminar Room (Rm. 121) 

View the Poster Session Schedule here.

Meet our Interns!

Name:  Abby Thornton

Hometown:  Pearland, TX

University:  Texas A&M University

Major:  Meteorology

Year in School [Fall 2021]:  Senior

Research Interests:   I’m interested in mesoscale meteorology and tropical weather (hurricanes and tropical storms).

Hobbies:  I have always loved cooking and baking, and the idea of trying something new in the kitchen is exciting to me. I also play the piano and I like to run.

What I am most looking forward to this summer: I am really looking forward to meeting new people, and getting to know my cohort! I have never been to Colorado, so having the opportunity to experience the state while researching what I love is so exciting

Name: Alvin Cheung 

Hometown: Princeton, NJ

University: Pennsylvania State University

Major: Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

Year in School [Fall 2021]: Senior

Research interests: Tropical Cyclones

Hobbies: Driving a Manual Transmission, Going on Adventures Abroad, Ski Racing, Baseball, Food Trips

What are you most looking forward to this summer?: Summer skiing, driving across the country, learning more about Tropical Cyclones.

Name: Anushka Narayanan

Hometown: Chennai, India/Chicago, IL

University: Cornell University

Major: Mathematics with Earth & Atmospheric Science Minor

Year in School [Fall 2021]: Senior 

Research Interests: Atmosphere/Ocean Dynamics, Climate Modelling, Numerical Weather Prediction, Paleoclimate

Hobbies: Hiking, baking, singing (I’m in an acappella group!), travelling and watching movies/tv shows

Looking Forward to in Summer: Meeting other REU summer interns, learning and working on new and cool research with my mentor!

Name: Ashley Sebok

Hometown: Eagleville, PA

University: Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Major: Meteorology with Math and Geology minors

Year in School [Fall 2021]: 1st year Graduate Student 

Research interests: Tropical Meteorology, Severe Weather, Cloud Physics

Hobbies: Reading, Hiking, Painting, and Exploring

What are you most looking forward to this summer?: I am most looking forward to increasing my research skills in a supportive environment and developing relationships with others in my field.  

Name: Billy Faletti

Hometown: Granville, IL

University: Northern Illinois University 

Major: Atmospheric Science

Year in School [Fall 2021]: 1st year graduate student

Research interests: Severe storms, supercell dynamics, mesoscale modeling

Hobbies: Storm chasing, photography, gardening, playing guitar

What are you most looking forward to this summer?: I’m excited to meet students and mentors with similar passions and to strengthen research skills. It will be amazing to spend a summer in Fort Collins, one of my favorite cities in the country for its scenery and meteorology. Since last year’s program was postponed, I’m also looking forward to reclaiming what COVID-19 took from myself and the rest of last year’s cohort

Name: Blake Checkoway

Hometown: Buford. GA

University: University of Georgia

Major: Atmospheric Science and Geography

Year in School [Fall 2021]: 1st year graduate student

Research interests: Mesoscale meteorology, climatology of synoptic-scale meteorological events 

Hobbies: Marching band, reading

What are you most looking forward to this summer?: Seeing the mountains, and doing research!

Name: Brittney Smith

Hometown: West Burke, Vermont

University: Northern Vermont University- Lyndon

Major: Atmospheric Sciences

Year in School [Fall 2021]: Junior (Senior by credits)

Research Interests: Tropical Meteorology and Mesoscale Meteorology

Hobbies: language learning, drawing, skiing, and fitness

What are you most looking forward to this summer?: learning about the research process, meeting new people, and forwarding my knowledge in meteorology

Name: Emily Luschen

Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK

University: University of Oklahoma

Major: Meteorology

Year in School [Fall 2021]: 1st Year Graduate Student

Research interests: weather and climate interactions, mesoscale, synoptic

Hobbies: Reading and telling jokes

What are you most looking forward to this summer?:  Being done with undergrad

Name: Gillian Felton

Hometown: Centreville, Maryland

University: University of Northern Colorado

Major: Meteorology

Year in School [Fall 2021]: Senior

Research interests: Socioeconomic impacts of weather and climate, tropical weather, midlatitude cyclone airflows, and climate change impacts on coastal regions

Hobbies: Reading, hiking, playing lacrosse, playing video games, and exploring both urban and natural areas

What are you most looking forward to this summer?: Having the opportunity to grow as a person and as a student through my research, and to meet other students from various programs from around the country

Name: Hannah Myint

Hometown: Pasadena, CA

University: University of San Francisco

Major: Physics

Year in School [Fall 2021]: Senior

Research interests: Climate modeling, energy efficiency, & alternative energy sources

Hobbies: Hiking, biking, clay art!!

What are you most looking forward to this summer?: I’m most looking forward to working with other interns and my mentor in a research setting as this is my first REU experience. Also, I can’t wait to explore Fort Collins during the summer with my bike (if the program is in-person).

Name: Jay Pillai

Hometown: Oak Forest, IL

University: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Major: Engineering Physics

Year in School [Fall 2021]: Senior

Research interests: Climate Dynamics, Cloud Feedbacks, Dynamical Systems, and Climate Modeling

Hobbies: Volleyball, Hiking, Guitar

What are you most looking forward to this summer?: Meeting new peers and mentors and conducting research!

Name: Kyle Brooks

Hometown: Sylvester, Georgia

University: University of Georgia

Major: Atmospheric Sciences and Geography

Year in School [Fall 2021]: Senior

Research interests: Tropical Cyclones and Radar Meteorology

Hobbies: Riding my bike, photography, cooking, aviation

What are you most looking forward to this summer?: I am looking forward mostly to meeting new people that share my passion for meteorology. I also am very excited to discover something that has never been discovered before!

Name: Leah Swinney 

Preferred Name: Leah 

Hometown: Cotulla, Texas 

University: Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi 

Major: Atmospheric Science 

Year in School [Fall 2021]: Senior 

Research interests: My research interests are in mesoscale meteorology. I hope to use my knowledge of GIS to create visuals that can help people better understand the mesoscale phenomena that occur in our atmosphere. 

Hobbies: I like to read books, play video games and watch anime. 

What are you most looking forward to this summer?: This summer I am looking forward to further developing my research skills and getting hands on experience in a research facility. I am also looking forward to meeting others who have similar interests and goals.

Name: Mandy Bowden

Hometown: Norcross, GA

University: University of Georgia

Major: Atmospheric Science and Geography

Year in School [Fall 2021]: 1st Year M.S. Student

Research interests: My specific research interests are land-ocean-atmosphere interactions, tropical meteorology, and societal impacts of weather and climate.

Hobbies: I enjoy golfing, writing stories, fishing and hiking with friends in my free-time. I have played golf since I was little because it is a traditional sport to play in my family. I enjoy writing because I get to express myself on a more creative level.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?: Continuing to build my research experience, starting on my master’s, and getting to travel to a new location to experience summer weather

Name: Sam Lesmerises

Hometown: Concord, New Hampshire

University: Northern Vermont University – Lyndon

Major: Climate Change Science & Environmental Science

Year in School [Fall 2021]: 1st year grad school (fingers crossed!)

Research interests: human interactions with the environment; atmosphere-hydrosphere-biosphere interactions; global climate trends examined regionally; model analysis

Hobbies:  I enjoy school, learning, and staying busy at my workplace. In my downtime, I enjoy gaming with family, going for drives, exploring the outdoors, and learning new things.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?: Gaining hands-on experience with an amazing group of like-minded people!

Name: Trey Maddaleno

Hometown: Unionville, MO

University: Truman State University

Major: Chemistry

Year in School [Fall 2021]: Senior

Research interests: atmospheric and environmental chemistry, modelling

Hobbies: Gardening, houseplants, pop music

What are you most looking forward to this summer?: I’m excited for flowers, meeting new people, and hiking. Also, new beginnings!

Name: Victoria Chavez

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico

University: University of Colorado Boulder

Major: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Year in School [Fall 2021]: Junior

Research interests: Atmosphere- Ocean coupling, Atmosphere -Ocean dynamics, and anything cool!

Hobbies: When I am not doing schoolwork, I love spending time with my husband, daughter, and dog, I have so much fun golfing, I enjoy attending baseball games and traveling!

What are you most looking forward to this summer?: I am looking forward to networking with fellow students from around the country who share common interests and I can’t wait to see the research projects.

Name: Yuwei Zhao**

Hometown: Jinan, China

University: Colorado State University/University of Jinan

Major: Environmental Engineering

Year in School [Fall 2021]: Senior

Research interests: Air Pollution Measurement and Treatment; Membrane-based Wastewater Treatment; Biochar in Secondary Treatment.

Hobbies: Cooking and Painting

What are you most looking forward to this summer?: I would like to learn sampling and data analysis with different computing languages. I am also excited to meet new people and mentors.

** CSU Extension Intern

REU Calendar

Explore Fort Collins

Transfort

Public Transportation.  Fort Collins operates a city bus system called Transfort that includes the frequently-running north-south Max Line.  You can also look into short-term e-scooter rentals

Bikes

Human-powered Transportation.  Fort Collins is a bike-friendly city, with an extensive network of dedicated bike lanes and bike paths.

FoodTruckRally

Food Truck Rallies happen every Tuesday in City Park and feature some of the best food in Fort Collins!

Music

Free Live Music.  Fort Collins is home to a vibrant summer live music scene.  Like so much else, this part of our community was shut down during 2020, but elements of it are slowly returning.  Keep an eye on the website to see how things unfold in 2021.

Downtown

Old Town.  Also known as Downtown, Old Town is the heart of Fort Collins.  This is where the urban fun is.

Horsetooth

The Great Outdoors.  This may be one of the main reasons you applied for the CSU REU program, and we want you to enjoy it!  We’ve got everything from a citywide network of recreational trails, City-owned Natural Areas, County Parks (including local favorite Horsetooth Mountain Open Space), State Parks (including nearby Lory State Park), Rocky Mountain National Park, and more all within easy reach of your summer home.  You might learn as much about yourself while exploring a trail as you will while exploring your science.