Cooperative Institute for
Meteorological Satellite Studies

Verner E. Suomi Scholarship Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Physical Sciences

Attention College Bound High School Seniors:
$2000 Scholarship Opportunity

The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) invites applications for the 2022 Verner E. Suomi Scholarship.

The scholarship honors Professor Suomi’s lifelong commitment to undergraduate education, for teaching and mentoring undergraduate students throughout his tenure at the UW-Madison. He was the founding director of the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC), the founder of CIMSS, and a faculty member of the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, which he co-founded. Suomi is widely known as the “father of satellite meteorology” for his transformational contributions to the field and is considered to be one of the most influential meteorologists of the 20th century.

Outstanding high school seniors who have demonstrated excellent achievements in the physical sciences will be selected to receive the $2000 scholarship and presented with a certificate of recognition.


Application Requirements:

1. High school transcripts through the end of the Fall 2021 semester.
2. A completed application form (fillable PDF with accompanying documentation).
3. A one-page essay discussing your specific interests in the physical sciences. Please describe your career goals as well as your involvement in science-related organizations or projects, awards you have received, or relevant service.
4. One letter of recommendation from a science/math teacher and/or principal/guidance counselor.

All application materialsmust be submitted as one PDF no later than April 15, 2022 to

For additional questions, please contact Maria Vasys at (608) 263-7435 to leave a message
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