Dordt College News

Krosschell awarded NOAA scholarship, internship

April 30, 2009


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that Justin Krosschell, Sioux Falls, has been awarded the prestigious NOAA Hollings Scholarship, which provides up to $16,000 in tuition and up to $6,500 in pay for a summer internship position at a NOAA facility.

Krosschell is a sophomore at Dordt College majoring in physics and electrical engineering, with a minor in the Kuyper Scholars Program. He is the son of Rod and Marcia Krosschell, Sioux Falls.

Justin will travel to NOAA headquarters (Silver Spring, Maryland) in May for orientation and meetings with NOAA officials and scientists. The summer internship between the first and second year of the award will offer the opportunity for hands-on training experience in science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities.

The scholarship award also includes travel funds for orientation and conferences, and a housing subsidy for the summer internship.

Krosschell believes an internship last summer at Dordt College was the key to his selection as a Hollings Scholar. Last summer he was one of two student interns funded by a grant from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Krosschell assisted a Dr. Doug Allen in studying jet streams in the polar vortices and how gases respond to the movement. The study has implications for ozone depletion.

Krosschell drew on his combined engineering and physics majors to write software that can read and filter satellite data regarding the movement of air in the stratosphere. The work helped him begin learning the technical process of using satellites to study the atmosphere.

“I am so thankful for the research opportunity Dr. Allen provided me last summer, which was very intriguing to the scholarship committee,” said Krosschell. He added that he would not have been able to complete the applications without the experiences his professors gave him in writing scientific reports.

Justin noted that it was Dr. John Zwart who brought the NOAA scholarship to his attention. Though it’s usually awarded to Ivy League Colleges, his professors encouraged him to give it a shot. “Three professors put in extra time and wrote references for me: that shows the personal connection here, where professors know and care about you as a student.”

Krosschell was also among six Dordt students whose abstracts were accepted to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).

They presented their work at the University of Wisconsin April 16-18. Krosschell’s presentation was based on last summer’s NASA internship, “Solar Occultation and Limb Sounding Satellite Data Analysis of Trace Gases in the Stratosphere during the Arctic Winter (D. Allen).” He also presented his work at Ideafest, held April 30 on the campus of Dordt College.

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