Emma Knudson earns National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scholarship

Emma Knudson
Emma Knudson

May 22, 2024

During Emma Knudson’s two years as an undergraduate student at the University of Missouri, she has taken part in an impressive variety of hands-on learning opportunities, especially related to research. Knudson will build on those experiences this summer — having recently earned the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship offered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The award includes a paid summer internship at a NOAA facility, two years of tuition support and travel aid.

“The internship will give me the chance to do work related to oceans and coastlines, and I’ll be able to do that work alongside the nation’s experts,” Knudson said. “Hands-on experience is vital to this field, and I could not think of a better way to pursue that. It also provides an incredible networking experience with NOAA, as previous scholars are often sought after to work for the agency after they graduate! I’m extremely excited to get to work with such a diverse and experienced organization.”

Knudson is an environmental sciences major who is also pursuing the Honors Certificate at MU and just finished her sophomore year. She has spent two years as an undergraduate research assistant in the soil biogeochemistry lab led by Morgan Davis, an assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources. There, Knudson has performed tests for pH, bulk density, soil texture class, PMC, POX-C, nitrate and ammonia measurements on soil samples. She has also conducted particle size analysis on soil samples using PARIO technology. Knudson is also part of the Mizzou Soil Judging Team and serves as the diversity, equity and inclusion coordinator for the Mizzou Women in Natural Resources.

Along with the orientation, Knudson will have the opportunity to travel to two scientific conferences through the scholarship. Her internship will last 10 weeks.

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