Rick Toracinta Graduate Fellowship


Updated 10/29/2019

Next call for scholarships will be in Fall of 2021.


Dr. E. Richard (Rick) Toracinta was a talented research scientist with the Polar Meteorology Group of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at The Ohio State University. In addition to his polar work, Rick had a passion for severe weather and was a volunteer storm chaser on the Great Plains during many springs. This scholarship commemorates Rick's lasting interest in the atmosphere as well as his desire to be a teacher.

This prestigious scholarship is awarded biennially to a graduate student studying atmospheric science, broadly defined, at The Ohio State University. Preference will be given to students specializing in severe weather (e.g., thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes), polar meteorology or polar climatology. The selection criteria include academic performance, excellence as an instructor (if appropriate), financial need, and intended use of the scholarship funds to advance one's graduate studies.

To apply, send a statement (typically 1-2 pages), describing your current and past research, student activities, financial need and intended use of funds. Examples of the latter include travel to a conference or to undertake field work for one's degree, payment of page charges on a refereed manuscript, research equipment, and/or other anticipated research related expenses. Include copies of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Provide a cover page that specifies your name, project title, phone, email address and your advisor's name, phone, and email address.

By TBD, send these materials to:

Professor David Bromwich
Polar Meteorology Group, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center &
Department of Geography, Atmospheric Sciences Program
The Ohio State University
108 Scott Hall
1090 Carmack Road
Columbus, OH 43210
E-mail: bromwich.1@osu.edu

The $2,000.00 scholarship will be awarded by TBD. The recipient will be selected by a 3-member committee. For more information, contact David Bromwich at 614-292-6692 or bromwich.1@osu.edu.

Congratulations to Zhiying Li, the 2019 Toracinta Scholarship recipient!

The next award will be made in Fall 2021.

Past Recipients:


Zhiying Li



Geoffrey Dipre



Melissa Wrzesien



Julien Nicolas



Rachel Mauk



Ellyn McFadden



Dan Steinhoff



Lijia Wei