Past Awards

2020

  • 2020: CIMMS Researcher with NWS Warning Decision Training Division Jill Hardy received the NWS Isaac Cline Award in Outreach (2020) for “Providing hands-on, experimental warning experiences to hundreds of attendees of the National Weather Center Festival.”
  • 2020: CIMMS Researcher with NWS Warning Decision Training Division Jill Hardy received the NWS Isaac Cline Award in Meteorology (2020) for “Re-establishing the popular ‘Storm of the Month’ webinars during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
  • 2020: National Weather Association Special Appreciation Award to Tim Brice and the NOAA NWS National School Outreach Team, including CIMMS Researcher Pat Hyland, for providing hundreds of presentations to countless thousands of school-aged K-12 students across the United States and also internationally (United Kingdom, Mexico, Argentina, and Japan). The virtual visits include a discussion of the weather basics, but can also focus on particular topics; including severe weather, winter weather, mountain meteorology, among others.
  • December 2020: Greg McFarquhar named a 2020 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fellow.
  • November 2020: The CIMMS award for Outstanding Publication went to Montgomery Flora, with co-authors Patrick Skinner, Nusrat Yussouf and Kent Knopfmeier for, “Object-based verification of short-term, storm-scale probabilistic mesocyclone guidance from an experimental warn-on-forecast system.” Montgomery Flora was nominated for leading development of novel, event-based probabalistic verification techniques for convection-allowing ensemble forecasts.
  • November 2020: Shawn Handler received the CIMMS award for Outstanding Achievement in Outreach, Education or Service for his outstanding service to CIMMS staff and for going well above and beyond the call of duty to assist a teammate during a personal emergency.
  • November 2020: The Applied Computing for the Meteorological Enterprise (ACME) Team received the CIMMS award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Support by a Team. Team members include Karen Cooper, Carrie Langston, Mike Taylor, Robert Toomey, Brian Kanet, Ami Arthur, and Nat Indik. Members of the ACME team transitioned MRMS v12.0 during the COVID-19 pandemic solely while teleworking from home.
  • September 2020: David Schvartzman received the University of Oklahoma Gallogly College of Engineering Dissertation Excellence Award (DEA).
  • May 2020: Greg McFarquhar receieved the 2020 Advances in Atmospheric Sciences (AAS) Editor’s Award, “for contributing a reviewers report of outstanding merit on a manuscript submitted for publication in AAS in 2019.”
  • April 2020: Tyler Stanfield was awarded the OU School of Meteorology Fawbush-Miller Scholarship.
  • April 2020: Ryan Lagerquist was awarded the OU School of Meteorology Douglas Lilly Award Scholarship.
  • April 2020: Max Ungar was awarded the OU School of Meteorology Thomas Julian Lockhart Scholarship and Rex Inman Scholarship.
  • February 2020: Burkely Gallo became a member of the 2020 American Meteorological Society Early Career Leadership Academy.
  • February 2020: David Schvartzman became a member of the 2020 American Meteorological Society Early Career Leadership Academy.
  • January 2020: Best student oral presentation at the AMS 2020 Conference on Probability and Statistics for, “Understanding What Deep Learning Has Learned about Tornadoes,” to CIMMS Research Associate and SoM student Ryan Lagerquist.
  • January 2020: Outstanding student post at the AMS 2020 WAF/NWP conference for, “Environmental Nuances and Convective Morphology during the 30 April 2017 Tornado Outbreak in the Southeastern United States,” by Research Associate and SoM PhD candidate Manda Chasteen.
  • January 2020: Outstanding student oral presentaion at AMS 2020 WAF/NWP for, “Utilizing the High-Resolution Ensemble Forecast (HREF) to Produce Calibrated Probabilistic Thunderstorm Guidance at the Storm Prediction Center” to CIMMS Research Associate and SoM student David Harrison.
  • January 2020: First place in the 2020 AMS ARAM Best Student Paper for, “Drop size distribution retrieval from radar data to enhance the spectral bin classification in detecting icing conditions,” to CIMMS Graduate Research Assistant and SoM student Nathan Lis.

2019

  • December 2019: CIMMS Researcher Alexander Ryzhkov and NOAA NSSL Researcher Dusan Zrnic received the 2019 Atmospheric Science Librarians International’s (ASLI’s) Choice Award for “Radar Polarimetry for Weather Observations,” as the best book in the field of atmospheric science.
  • October 2019: Brett Roberts received a CIMMS award for Oustanding Achievement in Research for software development that has revolutionized the operational capabilities for post-processing and visualizing output from convection-allowing model.
  • October 2019: CIMMS award for Outstanding Publication to Andrew Rosenow and José Meitín for their paper, “Gap-filling Mobile Radar Observations of a Snow Squall in the San Luis Valley,” demonstrating the importance of incorporating gap-filling radar observations to improve weather prediction and observation in areas with poor radar coverage.
  • October 2019: CIMMS award for Outstanding Achievement in Outreach, Education or Service to Tanya Riley for her outstanding service to CIMMS staff, students and visitors with exceptional assistance with travel.
  • September 2019: The American Meteorological Society Spiros G. Geotis Student Prize to David Schvartzman.
  • September 2019: American Meteorological Society 2020 Editor’s Award for the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology to Sebastian Torres.
  • May 2019: 2019 Best Student Blog/Portfolio by the OU Office of Digital Learning to Kevin Thiel for his research website, ThielWx, as “ThielWX documents Kevin’s research on the science of lightning including posts on advanced technological instrumentation, high level science, Python coding, and public outreach.”
  • January 2019: First place in the 2019 AMS AI student contest for the presentation, “Postprocessing HREFv2 Heavy Rainfall Forecasts
    Using Machine Learning,” to CIMMS Graduate Research Assistant and SoM PhD student Eric Loken.

2018

  • December 2018: NCAR Advanced Study Program’s Graduate Student Fellowship to Manda Chasteen for visiting studies from June 2019-December 2019.
  • December 2018: NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year to CIMMS Research Assitant and SoM PhD student Siddhant Gupta.
  • September 2018: Oklahoma Women Impact STEM and Entrepreneurship Conference, OK-STEM, outstanding poster award winner Elizabeth Smith
  • August 2018: The College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences – the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service to Tracy Reinke
  • August 2018: National Weather Association Larry R. Johnson Award: The mPING team, including OU CIMMS Kim Elmore, Jeff Brogden, Brian Kaney, Heather Reeves, and other team members Zac Flaming, Aaron Anderson, Darrel Kingfield, Vicki Farmer, Susan Cobb and Valliappa Lakshmanan
  • July 2018: American Meteorological Society 2019 Editor’s Award for Weather Climate and Society to Kim Klockow-McClain
  • July 2018: American Meteorological Society 15th Conference on Cloud Physics and the 15th Conference on Atmospheric Radiation Best Student Oral Presentation for “The Effects of Radiation on Tropopause Polar Vortices Over the Greenland Ice Sheet:” Sarah Borg
  • June 2018: American Meteorological Society 29th Conference on Weather Analysis and Forecasting/25thConference on Numerical Weather Prediction Best Student Poster Presentation award for “Enhancing Storm-Scale 1-h Probabilistic Low-level Rotation Forecasts through Machine Learning” to Montgomery “Monte” Flora
  • June 2018: American Meteorological Society 13th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice Student Competition first place winner with the oral presentation, “Using Machine Learning Techniques to Predict Near-Term Severe Weather Trends:” David Harrison
  • April 2018: Research Associate Megan Taylor honored as NOAA Team Member of the Month for serving as a critical member of the National Weather Service Office of the Chief Learning Officer team
  • February 2018: AMS’ 8th Transition from Research to Operations first place oral presentation winner for “Developing and Testing Watch-scale Forecast Products in the FACETs Paradigm:” Makenzie Krocak
  • January 2018: the National Weather Association Greg Stumpf as a council member
  • January 2018: Dale Morris serve as a National Weather Association NWA Professional Development committee.
  • January 2018: AMS Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Symposium student presentation competition oral presentation winner: Siddhant Gupta.
  • January 2018: AMS’s 17th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences student competition second place oral presentation winner: David Harrison.
  • January 2018: AMS PECAN Symposium student competition first place poster presentation winner: Hristo Chipilski.

2017

  • September 2017: The College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences awarded Randy Peppler the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • September 2017: The College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences awarded Randy Peppler the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service.
  • September 2017: National Weather Association Annual Meeting – Katie Vigil with the National Weather Service Operations Proving Ground, located at the NWS Training Center in Kansas City, received the National Weather Association Larry R. Johnson Special.
  • September 2017: National Weather Association Annual Meeting – Stephen Corfidi received the Special Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • August 2017: Alexander Ryzhkov awarded American Meteorological Society 2018 Fellow.
  • July 2017: 17th American Meteorological Society Mesoscale Conference 2nd place oral presentation winner: Hristo Chipilski.
  • June 2017: Association for Talent Development One to Watch program honoree: Megan Taylor.
  • April 2017: Randy Peppler OU Student Government Association Outstanding Faculty Member of 2017.
  • March 2017: Emerging Training Leader by Training Magazine: Megan Taylor.
  • March 2017: AMS’ 7th Transition of Research to Operations Conference student competition poster presentation winner: Katie Wilson.
  • March 2017: AMS’ 7th Transition of Research to Operations Conference student competition poster presentation winner: Makenzie Krocak.
  • Sebastian Torres awarded 2017 Associate Editor for AMS’ Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology.

2016

  • 2016: AMS Conference on Mountain Meteorology “Service to the Society” Award: Heather Reeves
  • 2016: Yoshi Sasaki Award for Best M.S. Publication: Katie Bowden
  • 2016: National Weather Association Rod Scofield Award to Katie Bowden
  • Best Paper Award for 7th Annual TBPG workshop: Chris Karstens
  • 1st Place Winner, OU Student Research and Creativity Day: Katie Bowden
  • McNair’s Choice in Science Award, OU Student Research and Creativity Day: Race Clark
  • 3rd Place Winner, 14th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences Student Competition: Ryan A. Lagerquist, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; and A. McGovern, V. Lakshmanan, and T. M. Smith
  • 2nd Place Winner, 28th Conference on Climate Variability and Change: Mallory Paige Row, CIMMS/Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; and S. M. Cavallo and D.D. Turner
  • Honorable Mention, 11th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice (11SOCIETY) Student Competition: David Harrison, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; and C. D. Karstens
  • Second Place Winner, oral presentation category at the EIPT Conference Student Competition: Greg Blumberg
  • 3rd Place Winner, EIPT Conference Student Competition – AMS Annual Meeting: Tomer Burg, REU Student (Kim Elmore, Heather Grams)
  • 2nd Place Winner, student oral presentation category 14th Symposium on the Coastal Environment: Sam Bush, Master’s student in OU’s Civil Engineering and Environmental Science program, funded through CIMMS by Sea Grant
  • 1st Place Winner, Oral Presentation Category in the EIPT Conference Student Competition at the AMS Annual Meeting: Katie Bowden
  • Group award to CIMMS- Travis M Smith, Valliappa Lakshmanan, Gregory J. Stumpf, Kiel L. Ortega, Kurt Hondl, Karen Cooper, Kristin M. Calhoun, Darrel M. Kingfield, Kevin L. Manross, Robert Toomey, Jeff Brogden, Tiffany Meyer, Kevin Scharfenberg, Tony Reinhart, Brandon Smith, Chris Karstens, Holly Obermeier, Matt Mahalik, Clark Payne, Alyssa Bates, Jill Hardy, Chris Spannagle, Matt Taraldsen, Andy Wood, James LaDue, Robert Prentice and Matthew Elliot – received National Weather Association 2016 Larry R. Johnson Special Award
  • 2016 Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service: Sebastian Torres, RRDD.
  • Sebastian Torres was named Associate Editor for AMS’ Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology

2015

  • “30 Under 30” at Elliot Masie’s Learning 2015 Conference: Jill Hardy
  • Best Graduate Student Oral Presentation at NWA Annual Meeting: Katie Bowden
  • 1st Place, Graduate Poster Competition at NWA Annual Meeting: Race Clark
  • 2nd Place, Graduate Poster Competition at NWA Annual Meeting: Galateia Terti
  • Larry R. Johnson Special Award at NWA Annual Meeting: Awarded to Hazardous Weather Testbed team (CIMMS at NSSL)
  • 2015 Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service: Andy Wood, WDTD
  • Department of Commerce Silver Medal for engineering/science achievement: Awarded to Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor program (CIMMS at NSSL)

2014

  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE): Adam J. Clark (CIMMS at NSSL)
  • 2014 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship in the University of Oklahoma’s College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences: Adam J. Clark (CIMMS at NSSL)
  • Young Scientist Travel Award, International Symposium on Data Assimilation, Munich, Germany: Corey Potvin (CIMMS at NSSL)
  • Significant Paper Award – NSSL Director, January 2014: Kim Elmore, Zac Flamig, Valliappa Lakshmanan, Brian Kaney (all CIMMS at NSSL), Vicki Farmer (INDUS), Heather Reeves (CIMMS at NSSL), and Lans Rothfusz (NSSL), “mPING Crowd-Sourcing Weather Reports for Research”. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Early Online Release 2014. doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00014.
  • Third place at the Institute of Industrial Engineers’ South Central Regional Conference Technical Paper competition (collaboration with Dr. Chen Ling, February 2014): Chris Karstens (CIMMS at NSSL)
  • AGU Editor’s Award (Geophysical Research Letters), January 2014: Alexandre Fierro (CIMMS at NSSL)

2013

  • National Weather Associate Annual Meeting, October 2013: Best Graduate Student Oral Presentation – Ben Herzog; Best Graduate Student Poster Presentation: Race Clark (CIMMS at NSSL)
  • College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences/National Weather Center Photo Contest, 2013: “Pure Oklahoma” – First and Second Place, Steve Martinaitis (CIMMS at NSSL), Honorable Mention, Brandon Sullivan (OU School of Meteorology); “World Travels” – First Place, Bethany Hardzinski (OU School of Meteorology), Honorable Mention, Steve Martinaitis (CIMMS at NSSL)
  • AGU Annual Meeting, December 2013: Outstanding Student Paper Award: Sean Waugh (CIMMS at NSSL)

2011

  • 2011 OAR Outstanding Paper Award (Awarded in November 2013): Matt Kumjian and Alexander Ryzhkov (both CIMMS at NSSL) for “Storm-Relative Helicity Revealed from Polarimetric Radar Measurements”. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 66, 667-685.