Meteorology Major Wins NOAA Scholarship
David Loveless of Roseland, N.J., a sophomore majoring in meteorology at SUNY Oneonta, has been selected to receive the Ernest Hollings Scholarship provided by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the parent agency for the National Weather Service.
Loveless will receive $8,000 of academic assistance per year during his junior and senior years, as well as a 10-week, paid internship at an NOAA facility next summer, including a housing subsidy and round-trip travel to the internship site, and travel expenses to the Hollings Program conference in Silver Spring, Md.
Loveless was one of 115 students from across the country — and just four from New York state — selected as Hollings Scholars.
“This is very competitive scholarship for undergraduate meteorologists,” said Todd Ellis, assistant professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at SUNY Oneonta. “In addition to being an excellent student, David is active in several of our department activities and is a great example of the kind of leader we hope all students can be. “
Loveless, who aspires to a career in forecasting or research, says science has been his favorite subject for as long as he can remember, and atmospheric science holds a particular fascination. “If there’s a thunderstorm outside, I have to go to the window and watch. I was born to be a meteorologist.”
During an orientation session and tour of the NOAA facilities in Silver Spring, Md., later this month, Loveless will get a glimpse of the site where he’ll do his internship. “It has been my dream to work for the National Weather Service, so working with the NOAA will be an awesome experience. I’m very excited about having the opportunity to do research in a professional environment.”
During SUNY Oneonta’s Student Research and Creative Activity Day in April, Loveless presented an original research project he undertook with support from Dr. Melissa Godek, SUNY Oneonta assistant professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Titled “Classification of Snowfall Events in Oneonta, NY from 2002-2012,” the project examined the relationship between winter snowfall totals and climate oscillations.
In addition to his scholarly work, Loveless is involved in several science-related campus activities. He speaks with prospective meteorology students as a student volunteer at open house events on campus, is a member of the Sigma Gamma Epsilon earth science honor society and the Environmental Activism Club, serves as vice president of the Meteorology Club, and is one of several Meteorology Club members who provide daily weekday weather forecasts through the Meteorology Department’s Forecast Center.