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Creighton Senior Receives Meteorological Graduate Fellowship

Creighton Senior Receives Meteorological Graduate Fellowship

Anastasia Yanchilina, of Waukegan, Ill., a Creighton University senior majoring in atmospheric sciences, has received the American Meteorological (AMS) /Industry/Government Graduate Fellowship for the 2009/2010 academic year.

The award, which includes a $23,000 stipend, will allow Yanchilina to further her education at Columbia University.

Yanchilina will study in a doctorial program in Earth and Environmental Sciences. She will be looking at how ocean circulation has changed in the past, particularly the Atlantic Meridional Circulation that is responsible for the large zonal heat transport in the Northern Hemisphere.

At Creighton, she was president and core group leader in the Environmental Action Coalition and secretary of the Atmospheric Science Society for the past three years. She also has participated in research at Creighton, the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. In 2008, Yanchilina received the national Goldwater Scholarship for academic merit in the undergraduate fields of mathematics, science and engineering.

Yanchilina’s family immigrated to the United States from Russia when she was a teenager. Her long-term goal is to conduct research at a national research laboratory or at a university as a principal investigator.

AMS/Industry/Government Graduate Fellowships are sponsored by industry leaders and government agencies and are designed to attract promising young scientists to prepare for careers in the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic fields.