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Madisonville Native Jonathan Lambert Receives the Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship

05/08/2012 09:45 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU sophomore Jonathan Lambert, a native of Madisonville, La., has received the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship. Lambert, an Honors College student double majoring in coastal environmental science in the School of the Coast & Environment and marine biology in the College of Science, researches storm surge in the Coastal Flooding Research Group of the Department of Geography and Anthropology.


“We heartily congratulate Jonathan Lambert on receiving the NOAA Hollings Scholarship,” said LSU Chancellor Michael Martin. “Being located in Louisiana, coastal research is one of our major areas of focus, and it is of the utmost importance for the state. Seeing one of our stellar undergraduate researchers recognized nationally shows that not only are LSU students competing with the best and brightest students around the country, but they are making a difference for our home state.”


The NOAA Ernest F. Hollings scholarship program is designed to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities; increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy; recruit and prepare students for public service careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States.


The Hollings scholarship program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance – up to $8,000 per year – for full-time study during the nine-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance for full-time study during a second nine-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the scholars with “hands-on,” practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.


In the Coastal Flooding Research Group, Lambert is looking at the multiple meteorological, oceanographic and geographic factors that influence the height, extent and duration of storm surge flooding.


“The purpose of this research is to develop a better understanding of storm surge in order to benefit professionals in fields such as emergency management and law enforcement, insurance, construction, urban planning, health care, science and engineering, as well as to coastal populations who live in regions vulnerable to tropical cyclone-generated storm surges,” Lambert said in his Hollings scholarship application.


Lambert is currently serving as vice president of Planning to Achieve Collegiate Excellence, or PACE, in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He will be interning this summer at the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center in Greenbelt, Md., to investigate greening in higher latitudes. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. after graduation.

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