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UNL meteorology student claims AMS award
By Sarah Bachman
Staff writer
For the UNL meteorology
department, when it rains, it pours
- this time in the form of $15,000
awards given to only the nation's
best and brightest graduates.
For the third straight year,
another University of Nebraska
Lincoln student has won an
American Meteorological
Graduate Fellowship.
Fellowship winners receive a
$15,000 tuition grant for one aca
demic year at die graduate school
of their choice, which allows
them to focus completely on
school, according to the AMS'
Students are able to devote
more time and energy to their
studies without having to worry
about tuition, said this year’s
recipient Sarah Tessendorf.
“This way I can get a head
start in the graduate program and
get done in two years,” she said.
The fellowships are awarded
to those students who have been
involved, shown leadership and
earned good grades throughout
the»r years of being an undergrad
uate, Tessendorf said.
Not only does the award pro
vide money for school, but its
prestige - only 12 to 13 fellow
ships are given out each year -
helps promote considerable
recognition in the meteorological
world, said Marie Anderson, asso
date professor of geosciences and
undergraduate advisor at UNL.
“It will open up doors for her
for the rest of her life,” Anderson
said of Tessendorf, who plans to
attend graduate school at
Colorado State University in Fort
Collins, Colo.
The award also provides
tuition to the annual AMS confer
ence, to be held in Albuquerque,
N.M., next January.
At this conference, the fellow
ship winners have the opportunity
to meet top people in the meteoro
logical field, said Amanda
Adams, recipient of a 1998 fel
“People who wrote your text
book are telling you that you’re
smart,” she said.
U People who wrote your textbook
are telling you that you re smart”
Adams graduated from UNL
in 1998 and is currently finishing
her second year of graduate
school at the University of
Julie Demuth, a UNL 1999
graduate, received a fellowship
for the 1999-2000 school year.
She just finished her first year of
graduate school at Colorado
Tessendorf graduated in May
with high distinction and served
as vice president and president of
Sarah Tessendorf
AMS award recipient
the UNL student chapter of the
UNL Associate Professor of
Geosciences Clint Rowe, the
advisor for the UNL student
chapter of AMS, said Adams and
Demuth also served as officers.
Tessendorf said she considers
this award to be a huge honor and
a good reward for her hard work
for the past four years.
“I feel like what I’m doing
and what I’ve already done is
worthwhile,” she said.