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McKenzie Peters

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4044-H Natural History Building
1301 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Graduate Research Assistant
Advisers: Drs. Stephen Nesbitt and Claire Pettersen (University of Michigan)


I'm a second-year graduate student in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences being advised by Dr. Stephen Nesbitt and Dr. Claire Pettersen (University of Michigan). My current research involves examining the microphysical properties of lake effect snow recorded by an observational suite called SCAMP (System for Characterizing and Measuring Precipitation) deployed in Buffalo, NY, in addition to a similar set-up in Marquette, MI. 

Prior to attending UIUC, I earned a B.S. in meteorology at NC State where I spent 2.5 years as an undergraduate research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Sandra Yuter. My first focus as a research assistant was to visualize surface precipitation recorded by ASOS stations in the northeastern U.S. during winter storms that served as IMPACTS cases in the 2019-2020 winter season. The resulting maps were presented by Dr. Yuter at the IMPACTS science team meeting held in summer 2020.

My second research focus at NC State was a study of how different building exterior materials impacted the nearby environments on the engineering campus at NC State. Nine temperature sensors were deployed around the campus in the summer of 2021 and the results of this study were presented at the 21st Annual AMS Student Conference in January 2022. Additionally, I spent two years as an officer for the Soundings Club at NC State where I aided in planning launches and facilitated the set-up, while educating club members about the process and how to read the data. 


M.S in Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (in progress)

B.S. in Meteorology, summa cum laude, North Carolina State University (May 2022)

  • Minor in Environmental Science


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