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Undergraduate Student

Olivia Jancse


Expected Graduation Date: May 2017

Weather has been an interest of mine as long as I can remember. I have fond memories from my childhood of sitting on the porch with my father, listening to the thunder rumbling off in the distance. TV shows, such as Storm Stories and Tornado Chasers, have fascinated me for years and expanded my knowledge on the subject. As I’ve grown older, the importance of storm warnings and forecasting have become much more apparent, but the mechanics behind the storms intrigue me the most. After graduation, I would like to be in the research field of meteorology. My areas of interest include lightning, severe weather, and the social implications of forecasting.

Shortly after my first visit to Virginia Tech, I knew it was the university for me. The College of Natural Resources and Environment immediately felt like home. It just so happened that the college had recently developed a new major in meteorology. Throughout my time here I have developed strong academic relationships with many of my professors and have been exposed to multitudes of amazing opportunities. I plan to graduate with a double major in meteorology and geography, with a focus in geographic information systems (GIS). During the summer of 2015, I participated in the Hokie Storm Chase in the Great Plains. This opportunity allowed me to apply what I was learning in my classes to real-life situations and gain hands-on experience.

While at Virginia Tech I have become a member of the Meteorology Club, a volunteer note taker for students with disabilities, a research assistant for a doctoral dissertation, and a volunteer for the 2013 Moore, Oklahoma, tornado simulation. I applied to the Leadership Institute in order to broaden my connections and develop my leadership skills, and I look forward to networking and collaborating with people from other fields of study. I’m thrilled to be a member of the 2015-16 Leadership Institute.

Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s List, 201314

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