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Madison Holland

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Hi, there! I am currently a third-year undergraduate student in the Atmospheric and Earth Science department at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where I currently work for NASA IMPACT in the Earth System Science Center. I curate data for NASA Airborne and Field Campaigns on our web-based Catalog of Archived Suborbital Earth Science Investigations (CASEI) under NASA's Airborne Data Management Group (ADMG). In addition to majoring in Meteorology, I am pursuing two minors in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Natural Disasters and Environmental Policy. I have served as the secretary for our Student Chapter of the American Meteorology Society/National Weather Association (AMS/NWA) for two years. I am also a member of UAH's Profile Sounding Team for Operational and Research Meteorology (UPSTORM), GIS Club, and Green Club. I am passionate about the Earth and aspire to help protect it in any way I can. This upcoming summer I will be privileged to work with NASA SARP to conduct field research in airborne science. Through my work at NASA and involvement in various organizations, I have developed a keen interest in disaster mitigation and response to natural disasters, particularly in physical oceanography. I find great fulfillment in aiding those around me, and I plan on going straight to graduate school to attain an MS Degree after I complete undergrad. Any financial aid will assist me in pursuing my dreams of helping protect people and our planet from deadly disasters. Thank you for considering my application, please let me know if you need anything!

Education

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Bachelor's degree program
2021 - 2025
  • Majors:
    • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
  • Minors:
    • Geography and Environmental Studies
    • Environmental/Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • GPA:
    3.7

Lawrence County High School

High School
2017 - 2021
  • Majors:
    • Meteorology
  • GPA:
    4

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Doctoral degree program (PhD, MD, JD, etc.)

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Atmospheric Science

    • Dream career goals:

      To do research to help vulnerable populations most at risk from climate change.

    • Curator

      NASA IMPACT
      2023 – Present1 year
    • Crew Member

      Wendy's
      2019 – 20212 years

    Sports

    Soccer

    Club
    2015 – 20161 year

    Mixed Martial Arts

    Club
    2010 – 20111 year

    Research

    • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology

      UAH — Team Lead
      2022 – 2022

    Arts

    • Lawrence County Theatre Department

      Theatre
      Macbeth
      2017 – 2018
    • Lawrence County Music Department

      Music
      Veteran's Program, Christmas Concert, Spring Performance
      2017 – 2020

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      American Meteorological Society/ National Weather Association (AMS/NWA) — Team Lead
      2023 – Present
    • Volunteering

      National Honor Society — Member
      2019 – 2021
    • Volunteering

      Key Club — Member
      2017 – 2018

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Learner Calculus Scholarship
    "You'll do better on the next one, Madison," my AP Calculus teacher told me during my senior year of high school as she handed me back my first calculus I test. Tears filled my vision as I held the first test I had failed in years in my hands, but I looked up to smile at her. "Yes, I will," I responded, determined to turn my grade around. From that point forward, I studied for each calculus test with vigor - there was a time when I was writing out limits of functions on the back of Wendy's receipts while working the back window at my part-time job in-between orders. Though it took several weeks, a couple of all-nighters, and lots of coffee, I passed my class with an A. The beauty of calculus is that once you have laid down the foundation for it and its basic concepts, you truly begin to appreciate how versatile it is. From using limits to find the population growth of a species to using differentiation to find the acceleration of an aircraft in space, calculus can be applied in many different areas of our lives. It is important to learn and use critical analysis with calculus, and even more necessary to see how it links to our fields. Regarding my major, I always try to find a way to link calculus to meteorology and atmospheric science. One example of this is in my Calculus III class in my sophomore year of undergraduate school where we integrated the dewpoint on a random day in July into our problem. As students and future scientists and engineers, it is moments like this where if can see why it is essential to learn calculus then there is so much we can do with it. Not only are the concepts vital to comprehend, but knowing how to visualize 3-D graphs and models in our heads can be useful in so many different fields. It's not enough to learn the material and get a passing grade in a class, but to see the beauty in math and how much we can do with it in the field of STEM that makes it so worth it. Math has never come easy to me, but science has - and what I find the coolest thing about calculus and math as a whole is how everything builds off of each other. Links between math and science exist everywhere - take physics and our DNA structures as examples! Throughout my academic career, I can safely say that calculus is one of the most important topics that one can learn. There is a learning curve, but if you stick with it through the hard times, you'll come out not only learning fascinating math concepts but soft skills like critical thinking and time management to get the most out of your study session. With enough determination and ambition, anyone can find the importance of how calculus integrates into their professional career and carry it into their personal lives.
    Learner Math Lover Scholarship
    Mathematics is a fundamental language that permeates every aspect of our lives, from the sciences to the arts. As a language, it provides a means of expressing and analyzing complex ideas in a concise and precise manner. It is this characteristic of math that has always fascinated me and why I love it so much. One of the most striking aspects of math is its universality. The language of mathematics is the same everywhere in the universe, which means that mathematical concepts and principles can be applied to anything, from the smallest subatomic particles to the largest structures in the cosmos. This universality allows us to understand the fundamental nature of the universe and helps us make predictions about how things will behave. Music is another domain where math plays a crucial role. The structure of music is based on mathematical concepts such as rhythm, pitch, and harmony. Rhythm, in particular, is like counting math. The duration of each note is precisely measured and arranged in patterns that create a sense of order and coherence. This order is what makes music pleasing to the ear and emotionally compelling. As a result, musicians and composers use math to create music that is both beautiful and meaningful. For me, the beauty of math lies in its ability to reveal patterns and connections between seemingly disparate things. By using math, we can uncover hidden relationships and discover new ways of understanding the world around us. This ability to find meaning and order in complex systems is what makes math so rewarding and captivating. Math is the language of the universe, and its beauty lies in its universality, precision, and ability to reveal patterns and connections. Through math, we can understand the fundamental nature of the universe and create music that is both beautiful and meaningful. These are just some of the reasons why I love math and why I believe it is one of the most fascinating subjects in the world.
    Connie Konatsotis Scholarship
    As a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Meteorology and minoring in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Natural Disasters and Environmental Policy at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, I am passionate about understanding and protecting our planet. I am currently working for NASA's Interagency Implementation and Advanced Concepts Team (IMPACT) in the Earth System Science Center (ESSC), where I curate data for NASA Airborne and Field Campaigns on our web-based Catalog of Archived Suborbital Earth Science Investigations (CASEI) under NASA's Airborne Data Management Group (ADMG). ADMG is part of NASA IMPACT, which is a component of NASA's Earth Science Data Systems (ESDS) Program. My work at NASA has given me a unique perspective on the importance of data in advancing our understanding of the Earth's systems and the impact of human activity on our planet. Through my education, I hope to continue to make a positive impact by developing a deeper understanding of the complex interactions between the atmosphere, oceans, land, and human activity, and how they contribute to natural disasters, climate change, and environmental degradation. I am particularly interested in the role of meteorology in understanding and predicting natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes. My fascination with tropical meteorology has driven me to take courses and participate in research projects related to my major. I have also been involved in GIS projects related to mapping and understanding the impacts of natural disasters such as the 2020 August Complex wildfire. Through my studies, I hope to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to contribute to the development of more effective disaster response and mitigation strategies, as well as to better understand the impacts of climate change on the planet. As someone who loves the Earth and wants to help protect it in any way I can, I plan on going straight to graduate school to attain a MS Degree possibly in Climate Change and Environmental Policy once I complete my undergraduate degree. My ultimate goal is to work as a scientist or researcher in the field of meteorology, climate change, and natural disasters, where I can apply my knowledge and skills to help protect the planet and the people who inhabit it. The STEAM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) are critical for addressing many of the challenges facing our planet today. In particular, the "A" in STEAM (Art) is often overlooked but is essential for effective science communication and public engagement. As someone with an interest in natural disasters and environmental policy, I believe that effective communication is essential for raising awareness of these issues and driving change. By combining my scientific knowledge with my creativity and communication skills, I hope to be a part of a new generation of scientists who can effectively communicate complex scientific concepts to the public, policymakers, and other stakeholders. In conclusion, my passion for understanding and protecting our planet, combined with my interest in meteorology, GIS, and environmental policy, has driven me to pursue a career in the STEAM field. Through my education and future career, I hope to make a positive impact by contributing to our understanding of the Earth's systems and developing effective strategies for addressing the challenges facing our planet.
    William Griggs Memorial Scholarship for Science and Math
    As a third-year undergraduate student in the Atmospheric and Earth Science department at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, I am committed to using my skills and knowledge to contribute to the fields of math and science, particularly in the areas of meteorology and environmental science. I currently work for NASA's Interagency Implementation and Advanced Concepts Team (Impact) on campus in the Earth System Science Center (ESSC), where I curate data for NASA Airborne and Field Campaigns on our web-based Catalog of Archived Suborbital Earth Science Investigations (CASEI) under NASA's Airborne Data Management Group (ADMG). ADMG is part of IMPACT, which is a component of NASA's Earth Science Data Systems (ESDS) Program. In this role, I have gained valuable experience in data management, analysis, and visualization, and have developed a keen understanding of the importance of accurate and reliable data in scientific research. My academic pursuits align closely with my professional interests. I am majoring in Meteorology with two minors in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Natural Disasters and Environmental Policy. These areas of study have allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the complex interactions between the Earth's atmosphere, land, and oceans, and how these systems are affected by natural disasters and human activities. In particular, my minor in GIS has given me skills in spatial analysis and remote sensing, which I believe will be essential in my future career. I am deeply committed to protecting the Earth and its natural resources, and I believe that my academic background and professional experience will enable me to make meaningful contributions in this area. I am passionate about using science and technology to develop solutions to environmental challenges, and I believe that by working collaboratively with others in the field, we can develop effective strategies for sustainable development and conservation. One area of particular interest to me is natural disasters, such as hurricanes and tornadoes. I am fascinated by tropical meteorology and have been following the latest research and developments in this area. Through my studies and work experiences, I have gained a solid foundation in the physical principles that govern these phenomena, as well as the tools and techniques used to forecast and track their movements. I am excited about the prospect of continuing to learn and grow in this area, and I believe that my passion for this field will enable me to make significant contributions to our understanding of these complex systems. Looking to the future, I plan on going straight to graduate school to attain a MS Degree possibly in Climate Change and Environmental Policy once I complete my undergraduate degree. I believe that this field offers a unique opportunity to integrate scientific knowledge with policy and decision-making processes and to develop effective strategies for addressing the pressing environmental challenges facing our planet. By pursuing a graduate degree in this area, I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the policy and regulatory frameworks that shape environmental decision-making and develop skills in leadership, communication, and collaboration that will be essential in my future career. I am deeply committed to using my skills and knowledge to contribute to the fields of math and science, particularly in the areas of meteorology and environmental science. Through my academic pursuits, professional experiences, and personal interests, I hope to make meaningful contributions to society and help protect the Earth and its natural resources for future generations.
    Young Women in STEM Scholarship
    I have always been fascinated by the natural world and the forces that shape our planet. From a young age, I was drawn to books and documentaries about hurricanes, tornadoes, and other extreme weather phenomena. As I grew older, I became increasingly interested in the science behind these events and the ways in which we can better understand and prepare for them. This passion for earth science and natural disasters has motivated me to pursue a career in this field and to make a positive impact on the world. One of the ways in which I hope to make a difference is by furthering my education. I plan to go straight to graduate school to attain an MS Degree in Climate Change and Environmental Policy once I complete my undergraduate degree. I believe that by gaining a deeper understanding of the complex issues surrounding climate change and environmental policy, I can help to develop effective solutions and advocate for positive change. My passion for the earth and its natural systems also drives me to want to protect it in any way I can. I believe that we all have a responsibility to be good stewards of the planet and to take steps to reduce our impact on the environment. Whether it's by recycling, conserving energy, or advocating for policy changes, I am committed to doing my part to help protect the planet and ensure a sustainable future. In addition to my love of earth science and environmental protection, I also have a strong desire to help people. I believe that we are all connected and that our actions have an impact not only on the environment but on the well-being of others. Whether it's by volunteering in my local community, advocating for social justice, or simply being a good listener and friend, I want to make a positive difference in the lives of those around me. If I could do anything with my life, I imagine that I would continue to pursue my passions and use my knowledge and skills to help others. Whether it's by working for an environmental organization, conducting research on climate change, or volunteering in disaster relief efforts, I want to use my abilities to make a positive impact on the world. I believe that we all have the potential to make a difference and that by working together and supporting each other, we can create a better future for ourselves and for generations to come. STEM is exciting to me because it presents opportunities for innovation and problem-solving. In the field of information technology, I can play a role in helping organizations optimize their operations and decision-making processes by providing access to valuable insights and data. I believe that my ability to analyze large amounts of information quickly and accurately can make a positive impact on the world by enabling more informed decision-making. By using technology to facilitate communication and collaboration, I can help bring people together and foster a sense of connectedness that can help solve some of the world's most pressing challenges. I currently work at NASA's Interagency Implementation and Advanced Concepts Team (IMPACT), which is a component of NASA’s Earth Science Data Systems (ESDS) Program. Our data is available on our web-based platform called the Catalog of Archived Suborbital Earth Science Investigations (CASEI). With linkages to related data products, CASEI enables easy access to comprehensive information about NASA's aerial and field studies. CASEI is a one-of-a-kind inventory that offers carefully selected facts regarding the background, purpose behind the study, financing, and non-satellite equipment and platforms. All essential data products are linked to, together with information about significant events and observations, in a single, user-friendly, and highly integrated online user interface. One of the greatest challenges I've had to overcome was a car accident that totaled my vehicle during my senior year of high school. The accident left me with physical injuries and emotional trauma, and I had to work hard to recover from both. During this time, I turned to my dreams and aspirations to keep me focused and motivated. I realized that I could not let the accident define me or derail my future plans. Instead, I used the experience as a source of inspiration and strength to propel me forward. Growing up with limited financial resources also taught me the value of experiences over material possessions. I learned that happiness and fulfillment do not come from accumulating things, but from living a life filled with meaningful experiences and connections. This has inspired me to want to help those who are less fortunate than me. Through my work, I hope to create positive change in the world by helping to bridge the gap between those who have access to resources and those who do not. I believe that technology can be a powerful tool in this effort, enabling people to connect and collaborate in new and innovative ways that can help create a better future for all. As a student who is passionate about earth science and environmental protection, this scholarship will enable me to continue pursuing my academic and career goals with greater focus and dedication. I am grateful for the financial assistance that this scholarship will provide, which will allow me to fully immerse myself in my studies and take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way. Thank you for taking the time to review my application and for considering me for this scholarship. I appreciate the effort and dedication that the scholarship committee puts into supporting students, and I am grateful for your commitment to making higher education more accessible.
    Bold Wisdom Scholarship
    Fear rules many of our lives - social anxiety, job and food security, the fear of losing our loved ones - it manifests itself and tries to pry into our hearts. We experience the crushing weight of having to not only deal with a pandemic but climate change as well. Will the COVID-19 pandemic ever truly end? Do humans have enough time to fix climate change before it's too late? However, it is normal to feel overwhelmed with such immense issues. If I could hold a microphone and stand on a stage that allowed me to speak to the entire world, I would recite a quote written by Nelson Mandela. "Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learned how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future." This quote resonates with me because of its stance on compassion and hope. Hope will forever be a force to be reckoned with, for hope drives the human spirit forward. Suffering will always exist, but so too will our unwavering love for one another. For years my sensitive nature has been put down by those around me but never once did I think I would be better off without being able to relate to others on a personal level. Human beings are compassionate creatures: we strive to find purpose in all that we do. Life will never be easy, but that does not mean we can not enjoy the journey. To live is to suffer loss, but there will always be beauty in this world. However, you must go out and find it yourself, for beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Always remember that you are never alone with your struggles.