Students awarded Bryson scholarships for climate research

April 25, 2013

Two UW-Madison students have been awarded Reid Bryson scholarships for 2013 from the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research.

Judging was based on student poster presentations at the seventh annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference April 15 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison.

Reid Bryson poster session at Nelson Institute Earth Day conference
The Bryson scholarship, named for CCR founder
and late UW-Madison professor Reid Bryson, rewards
innovative and interdisciplinary student research.

Cora Betsinger, a biochemistry and genetics double major, received the $750 undergraduate award for her presentation titled "Proteomics, mass spectrometry and the changing biosphere of ancient Troy."

Betsinger and collaborators are examining how the lives of ancient Trojans were impacted by the changing geomorphology of the region. She is advised by Greg Barrett-Wilt, assistant scientist at the UW Biotechnology Center. View Betsinger’s poster (PDF).

Katie Holman, from the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and the Center for Climatic Research, received the $1,000 graduate award for her presentation, "Influence of the background state on Rossby wave propagation into the Great Lakes basin based on reanalysis data and model simulations."

Holman’s research is aimed at better understanding lake-atmosphere interactions. She is advised by Michael Notaro, associate director and associate scientist with the Center for Climatic Research. View Holman’s poster (PDF).

The Reid Bryson scholarship honors the life and legacy of Center for Climatic Research founder and late UW-Madison professor Reid Bryson. The scholarship rewards exemplary students whose research mirrors the innovative and interdisciplinary studies of Reid Bryson, involving either fundamental climate and meteorological processes or topics that connect climate, people, and the environment.