Meet ATMS undergraduate Rebekka Delaney. She is a senior from Southern Illinois.
What research project are you currently working on? What new skills have you gained from this research opportunity?
I am currently working with Dr. Alicia Klees on my senior thesis. We will be distributing a survey to the undergraduate population of the University of Illinois. This survey will gauge the students’ knowledge of severe weather and if they know the proper actions to take during dangerous weather events. I have learned how to manipulate and read pandas datasets and some survey development skills. I also have been given to opportunity to have discussions with the Assistant Director of the University of Illinois’ emergency management office. I also got the chance to go through the process of applying for Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Student Affairs approval to continue my survey.
Tell us about your favorite experience so far at the University, and within the Department:
My favorite experience within the department would have to be the camaraderie within the department. You can walk down the hallways in the NHB and the professors and students will talk to you. All the professors are open to helping you out, whether it be in your classes, research, or your future plans.
My favorite experience at the University was being on the SCAMS (Student Chapter of the AMS) executive board, as a member, President (2021-22), and Vice President (2020-21). I got to help with fundraisers for humanitarian efforts and social events. I enjoy hanging out with other students and talking about the courses we have had taken or will take.
What activities and hobbies do you have outside of school?
When I am not in school, I enjoy going to my church group for college students and doing forecasts in my free time. I have started doing weekend weather forecasts for back home and South Carolina to get more practice. I also work with a laser tag and other activities company when I go back home on breaks.