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CPO Welcomes Talented Group of Lapenta Interns


CPO is pleased to welcome an excellent group of seven Lapenta interns who joined the office on June 7th and will conduct a variety of projects over the next 10 weeks. These students represent a wide range of degree programs and geographically diverse universities.

One of the primary goals of the Lapenta program is to lay a solid foundation for the interns’ future careers, particularly if their path leads to NOAA service. In addition to their research project, students will participate in a robust program of professional development activities and sessions which provide a broad overview of many of NOAA’s programs. Interns are also directly connected to NOAA staff whose interests and career paths align with their own to gain advice and expand their professional networks. With the Conservation Corps Act and other Direct Hire Authorities in place, the hope is that many interns will choose to bring their knowledge and talents to NOAA in the future.

Nicole Hilton, Quinn Bustos, and Lauren Navarro Crane are working with the Communication, Education, and Engagement (CEE) Division’s Frank Niepold on the development of the U.S. Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) initiative. Nicole is an Army veteran who completed her B.S. degree in communication at the University of North Florida and is currently pursuing an M.S. degree in geography at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Quinn is a rising senior in technical communication at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Lauren is entering her senior year at the University of Michigan majoring in climate and space engineering.

Carina Rodriguez is completing her degree in environmental science & policy with a minor in sociology at California State University, Long Beach. She is working with Ginny Selz and Knauss Fellow Noura Randle in the Climate Observations and Monitoring (COM) program, analyzing downstream use cases of climate observation datasets.

Madeline Statkewicz is entering the fourth-year of her Ph.D. program in atmospheric science at the University of Houston and earned her B.S. in applied mathematics at the University of South Alabama. She is working with Monika Kopacz in the Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle, and Climate (AC4) program examining sea surface temperature anomalies in the Gulf of Mexico and the coastal Atlantic Ocean.

Anna Sitzman is working on strengthening the resilience of vulnerable communities in the Great Lakes Region under the mentoring of Nancy Beller-Simms in the Adaptation Sciences (AdSci) program. She is a senior at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana majoring in environmental studies with a concentration in social sciences. 

Laura Cabrera-Rivera is co-mentored by Ariela Zycherman and Sean Bath in the Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI) division focusing on strengthening NOAA’s regional climate science-to-action network. She is currently a first year doctoral student pursuing a degree in environmental Health at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus.

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