Petersen awarded Liv and Walt Lyons Scholarship

Bryan Petersen
Bryan Petersen

Bryan Petersen, a senior applied climate science major, recently was awarded the Liv and Walt Lyons Scholarship from the American Meteorological Society's national competition.

Twenty one senior undergraduate scholarships were awarded this year. The scholarships, awarded for the senior year, are designed to encourage outstanding senior undergraduates to continue pursuing careers in the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences. The various scholarships are based on merit and are awarded to students who have shown the potential for accomplishment in these fields.

Petersen placed fifth in the Region 5 Soil Judging Contest (September 2018), received the NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship (April 2018), Milton E. Mohr Research Scholarship (April 2018), and Kors Foundation Scholarship (June 2018); these among other awards and acknowledgements. He is interested in land and atmospheric interactions and climate change impacts. Petersen has plans to attend graduate school to obtain a M.S in meteorology and climatology, with the ultimate goal of pursuing a career in research.

The Liv and Walt Lyons Scholarship is provided by Liv and Dr. Walter A. Lyons, CCM. After receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (under Professor Ted Fujita), Walt’s career spanned teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, broadcasting, and then private consulting. Joined by Liv (a teacher and program administrator), he engaged in forensic meteorology and research in mesoscale processes and atmospheric electricity.

About AMS

Founded in 1919, AMS is the leading voice in promoting and advancing the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences. We are committed to supporting and strengthening the weather, water, and climate community to ensure society fully benefits from scientific education, research, and understanding.

Headquartered in Boston, with an office in Washington DC, AMS has more than 13,000 members, including researchers, scientists, broadcasters, educators, and other professionals, as well as students and weather enthusiasts. AMS publishes books, textbooks, and monographs as well as more than 2,000 articles annually across 11 peer-reviewed scientific journals. AMS set the standard for broadcast meteorologist certification in 1957, and today more than 1,500 broadcasters and consultants are AMS certified. Each year, AMS holds 8 to 12 specialty meetings and an Annual Meeting that draws more than 3,500 attendees. AMS helps inform policy makers of the latest scientific understanding and high-impact research, and promotes Earth Science literacy through initiatives for K–12 teachers and undergraduate institutions across the country.

Courtesy the American Meteorological Society