Michael Anand & Henry Fuelberg

Questions for student:

Where are you from?

I am from Marietta, Georgia, a suburb northwest of Atlanta.

In a few sentences tell us about your honors thesis! How would you describe it to someone not in your academic field?

The purpose of my honors thesis was to determine what caused the 3 day heavy rainfall event in the North Florida and South Georgia region from December 1st thru December 3rd, 2018 as well as why it was climatologically abnormal for the month of December. This was done by looking at what the conditions were like at and above the surface as well as looking at the radar archives during this time period. One major observation and result from this event was the record amount of moisture in the atmosphere. This played a major role in the widespread heavy rainfall and resultant flash flooding.

How did you choose your mentor, and what do you recommend students interested in starting an honors thesis look for in a mentor?

I chose my mentor by first attending a Undergraduate Research Info Session done by a graduate student in the department, who also was one of my friends. He went through all of the available professors, listing their research topics and interests below. After that presentation, I felt Dr. Fuelberg’s interests in severe weather and synoptic meteorology best aligned with mine. For students interested in starting an honors thesis, I would recommend looking at all of the professor’s research interests in their department on the department website. I would also talk to the graduate students who work under your professor of interest to better understand their interactions with the professor. Finally, pick the professor that most aligns with your research interests and don’t be afraid to have backups in case your original choice does not have any availability.

What are your plans after you graduate from FSU?

After I graduate from FSU, I am planning on pursuing a master’s degree in Atmospheric Science at Texas Tech University in Lubbock starting in the fall.

Dr. Henry Fuelberg - Thesis Director

Henry Fuelberg, Ph.D.


Thesis Director

Questions for mentor:

What motivates or inspires you to mentor undergraduate students?

Honors in the Major students are highly motivated to learn and seek experience in research. That motivation makes our interactions fun and rewarding.

What do you think characterizes a good mentoring relationship between student and honors thesis mentor?

The student and mentor must always maintain open communication. We cannot read each other’s minds. In picking a topic, the student should tell the mentor their interests, and the mentor should allow that topic if it fits within their area of expertise and even somewhat aligns with their personal research. During the research, the mentor should challenge the student to reach their full potential and to learn new things along the way--within limits. The student should be expecting this---not be lazy. My relationships with Honors in the Major students are very similar to those with my graduate students.



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