Grad student awarded NASA fellowship

July 6, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Doctoral candidate Christopher Karmosky has been awarded the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship for his submission "Meso-Scale Climate Controls on Antarctic Ice Shelf Melt Dynamics: Climate Modeling and Novel Retrieval of Melt Magnitude using MODIS."

Chris' submission was one of 274 national proposals and his was selected among just 62. The goal of this fellowship is to ensure continued training of interdisciplinary scientists to support the study of the Earth as a system.

NASA places particular emphasis on the applicant's ability and interest in pursuing academic training and research using observations and measurements from NASA's Earth orbiting satellites, and in developing inter- or cross-disciplinary research about the Earth system that is not currently emphasized in the research and development portfolio of NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD).

More than 700 Ph.D. and M.S. fellowships have been awarded since the inception of the Earth System Science Fellowship Program in 1990. The graduates from these fellowships constitute a growing network of scholars endeavored to promote Earth system science.

Chris' advisor Derrick Lampkin said he extends his deepest gratitude to Chris' committee of Andrew Carleton (Geography), Michael Mann (Meteorology), and Richard Alley (Geosciences) for their "profound input and support."

"This award will enhance our department's profile and serve as a notice that high level research in the physical sciences can be pursued here as a potential graduate student," Lampkin said. "Thank you for your assistance."