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4 students awarded 2010 internships with National Weather Service offices

Three meteorology majors and one geoscience graduate student in WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology have been awarded 2010 Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) internships from the National Weather Service (NWS).

Senior meteorology major Brittney Whitehead of Portland, Tenn., will intern at the Nashville, Tenn., office.

Senior meteorology major Sam Roberts of Corryton, Tenn., will intern at the Morristown, Tenn., office.

Sophomore meteorology major Ian Blaylock of Lexington will intern at the Juneau, Alaska, office.

Geoscience graduate student Andrew McKaughan of Bowling Green will intern at the Tampa, Fla., office.

About 60 SCEP internships were awarded nationally. The success of all four WKU students in winning a SCEP internship highlights the important partnership developed with the NWS and its regional offices through the Kentucky Climate Center and the Kentucky Mesonet project, according to Dr. David Keeling, head of the Department of Geography and Geology.

Dr. Gregory Goodrich, Meteorology Program Leader, said: “The WKU Meteorology program is one of about 75 meteorology programs nationwide so for us to receive four out of about 60 SCEP awards says a lot about the quality of our students. We were ecstatic to have two students receive the SCEP last year, so to double that to four this year is a great milestone for our growing program. It is quite possible that the WKU Meteorology led the nation in SCEP awards this year.”

The highly competitive SCEP internship gives meteorology students valuable work experience at an NWS forecast office under the guidance and direction of their university. Students complete at least 640 hours of hands-on career-related work including forecasting, research and outreach activities. Upon completion of the required work hours and graduation, the SCEP student may be offered a full-time position at the NWS on a non-competitive basis.

WKU’s 2009 SCEP awardees Jane Marie Wix of Brandenburg and Charles Danny Gant of Bowling Green received full-time positions with the NWS at the Marquette, Mich., and Memphis, Tenn., offices respectively upon the completion of their degrees this May.

Contact: Gregory Goodrich, (270) 745-5986.

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