Scholarships and Awards

2013 Rick Toracinta Graduate Scholarship in Atmospheric Science

Updated 12/01/2013

Julien Nicolas has been awarded the 2013 Rick Toracinta Graduate Scholarship in Atmospheric Science!

The next request for applications will occur in early 2015.

Dr. E. Richard (Rick) Toracinta was a talented research scientist with the Polar Meteorology Group of the Byrd Polar Research Center at The Ohio State University. In addition to his polar work, Rick had a passion for severe weather and was a volunteer storm chaser on the Great Plains during many springs. This scholarship commemorates Rick's lasting interest in the atmosphere as well as his desire to be a teacher.

The scholarship is awarded biennially to a graduate student studying atmospheric science, broadly defined, at The Ohio State University. Preference will be given to students specializing in severe weather (e.g., thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes), polar meteorology or polar climatology. The selection criteria include academic performance, excellence as an instructor (if appropriate), intended use of the scholarship funds to advance one's graduate studies, and financial need.

To apply, send a brief (typically 1-2 pages) statement of eligibility and intended usage of the scholarship funds. Examples of the latter include travel to a conference or to undertake fieldwork for one's degree, payment of page charges on a refereed manuscript, etc. Include copies of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Provide a cover page that specifies your name, phone, email address and advisor's name.

By Friday, September 27, 2013 send these materials to:

Professor David Bromwich
Polar Meteorology Group, Byrd Polar Research Center &
Department of Geography, Atmospheric Sciences Program
108 Scott Hall
1090 Carmack Road
Columbus, Ohio 43210

The $2,000.00 scholarship will be awarded in October, 2013. The recipient will be selected by a 3-member committee. For more information, contact David Bromwich at 614-292-6692 or .

G. McKenzie Undergraduate Scholarship Fund

Updated 11/04/2014


2014 Winners

Scott Aleshire, School of Earth Sciences, Advisor: Terry Wilson

Sean O’Brien, School of Earth Sciences, Advisor: Larry Krissek

The next request for applications will occur in Autumn 2015.


Attention UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS working with Byrd Polar Research Center scientists. You are encouraged to apply for research support from the G. McKenzie Undergraduate Scholarship Fund. The funds are to be used in support of your undergraduate research (travel to meetings to present research, future fieldwork, and/or other anticipated research related expenses).

Applications are due by TBA and are to be submitted to:
Dr. Ellen Mosley-Thompson
OSU Byrd Polar Research Center
108 Scott Hall
1090 Carmack Rd
Columbus, OH 43210

The scholarship(s) will be awarded by TBA.

Applications must include: a one-page description of your project (please include a title), a short detailed budget and a letter of endorsement by the BPRC member with whom you are working. Please include your contact information within your proposal (email address, phone number and advisor's name). Requests can be in the amount of $500.00 or less.

Any questions should be directed to Michele Cook at .