Amanda Sleinkofer is taking her own bold path as she has been selected as a participant in the 2015 University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) Heliophysics Research Experience for Undergraduates program.
During the 10-week program taking place now through July 31, 10 students from across the country are spending their time working with scientists from either NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center or UAH’s Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research on projects related to various topics in heliophysics. Students are paired with mentors that specialize in different areas of study relating to the research projects.
Sleinkofer will be a junior this fall with a major in meteorology and minors in mathematics and physics. After graduation in 2018, she plans to attend graduate school to obtain a master’s degree in meteorology. She is excited to experience a new place, connect with her peers and further her knowledge about the research aspect of meterology.
Sleinkofer says that by listening to her professors and putting 100% effort into her classes, she has truly seized the opportunity. The application process for the program included two letters of recommendation, a transcript and a short essay that highlights the unique qualities that she will bring to the program, from her strengths to her weaknesses and also the new skills she expects to develop.
The UAH Heliophysics Research Experience for Undergraduates is funded by the National Science Foundation. For more information about the program, please visit http://www.uah.edu/cspar/research/reu.