Hollings Scholar Summer Research- Kristine Chen
Students who receive the prestigious Hollings Scholar title are granted many opportunities over the course of their undergraduate careers. This year’s group of seniors has three Hollings Scholars and over the summer they all completed a research project with various weather research and forecasting entities around the country. Kristine Chen completed her research opportunity at the National Weather Service office in Louisville, Kentucky.
Chen spent the summer researching heat-related illness in Louisville.
“The goal was to determine how NWS Louisville could improve its approach to heat hazards in the Louisville urban heat island,” she told us.
She had the opportunity to learn the ins-and-outs of the weather forecasting office and how research is incorporated into their jobs.
“It was enlightening to see all the work that goes into producing forecasts and meeting the weather needs of the community. In terms of the project, I learned that research can be non-linear. It can also be messy and occasionally frustrating. I suppose that’s the nature of research – anything that’s worth doing will be difficult!” said Chen.
The Hollings Scholar research opportunities allow students to gain a new perspective on meteorological research.
“I continue to believe that there is great value in conducting research. After this summer, I have a healthier respect for how complex the research process can be, especially with a multidisciplinary project,” said Chen.
Congratulations to Kristine on completing this research opportunity and we look forward to seeing what you accomplish next!