Smoky Mountain Chapter of the American Meteorological Society
Local Science Fair Winners for Best Projects in the Atmospheric Sciences


These awards were given to outstanding projects involving meteorology, climate, or atmospheric and related oceanic sciences at the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair (SASEF). Additional requirements involved having a complete data set and a detailed write-up.




AMS Smoky Mountain Chapter's Robert Lind Miller Memorial Award:

Bob Miller

The Smoky Mountain Chapter of the American Meteorological Society is proud to present the Robert Lind Miller Memorial Award, which carries a $100 cash prize and a certificate.

The winner for 2015 was Sterling Fisher of Gatlinburg Pittman High School for his project entitled "Metal Menace: An Analysis of Water Quality and Biota in Birds Creek".

Sterling Fisher receiving the AMS Smoky Mountain Chapter's Robert Lind Miller Memorial Award




AMS Smoky Mountain Chapter's Award:

The Smoky Mountain Chapter of the American Meteorological Society presents an additional award, which carries a $100 cash prize and a certificate.

The winner for 2015 was Aden Klein of Pi Beta Phi Elementary School for his project entitled "Fire and Water: Effects of a Prescribed Burn on Streams in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park".

Aden Klein receiving the AMS Smoky Mountain Chapter's Award




AMS National Award:

The American Meteorological Society national organization presents an award (in both senior and junior divisions) for the best project in atmospheric and related oceanic or hydrologic sciences at regional science fairs. The winner receives a certificate of outstanding achievement from the AMS, and will be recognized in their national newsletter.

The winners for 2015 were Kayla Allison from Maryville Junior High School and Kurt Cantrell from Pittman Center Elementary School.

Kayla Allison receiving the national AMS certificate of achievement  Kurt Cantrell receiving the national AMS certificate of achievement




Image of the Smoky Mountain Chapter's plaque from SASEF



2015 Winners:

Sterling Fisher (Bob Miller Memorial Award) for his project entitled "Metal Menace: An Analysis of Water Quality and Biota in Birds Creek".

Aden Klein (AMS Smoky Mountain Chapter's Award) for his project entitled "Fire and Water: Effects of a Prescribed Burn on Streams in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park".

Kayla Allison (AMS National Award - Senior Division).

Kurt Cantrell (AMS National Award - Junior Division).


2014 Winners:

Aaron C. Johns (Bob Miller Memorial Award) for his project entitled "Ethanol Energy".

Stephanie Andress and Vicki Huang (AMS Smoky Mountain Chapter's Award - Senior Division) for their project entitled "Maximizing the Efficiency of the Newton-Raphson Solver Using GPU Technology within Climate Models".

Benjamin Palya (AMS Smoky Mountain Chapter's Award - Junior Division) for his project entitled "What's the Weather?".

Kaitlyn Nelson and Meredith Rippy (AMS National Award) for their project entitled "Measuring Relative Humidity".

Ayden Case (AMS National Award) for his project entitled "Cloud Chamber Droplet Formation".


2013 Winners:

Walker Smith (Bob Miller Memorial Award).

Jacqueline Morgan Zuraf (AMS Smoky Mountain Chapter's Award).

Rebecca Meystrik (AMS National Award - Senior Division) for her project titled "Battle of the Elements".

Natalia Sychtysz (AMS National Award - Junior Division) for her project titled "Horizontal Windmill vs Vertical Windmill".


2012 Winners:

Grant Fisher (Bob Miller Memorial Award - Senior Division) for his project titled "Phenology and phototropism: Seasonal influences of moth abundance at a light station".

Sterling Fisher (Bob Miller Memorial Award - Junior Division) for his project titled "Living waters: a study of the effects of elevation on water quality and biota".

Alexis Hartwig (AMS Smoky Mountain Chapter's Award) for her project titled "Do hurricanes cool the ocean?".

Jaynie Renfro (AMS National Award) for her project titled "The fallout of acid rain".


2011 Winners:

Lauren Ramos (Bob Miller Memorial Award) for her project titled "This'll Blow You Away (wind power)".

Jaynie Renfro (AMS Smoky Mountain Chapter's Award) for her project titled "The Fallout of Acid Rain".

Leyton Mullins (AMS National Award - Senior Division) for his project titled "Sun + Solar Cell + Rechargeable Batteries = Green R/C Fun".

Eric O'Reilley (AMS National Award - Junior Division) for his project titled "Efficiency of a Solar Cell: Orientation, Angle, and Shading".


2010 Winners:

Jaynie Renfro (Bob Miller Memorial Award) for her project titled "The Fallout of Acid Rain".

Hana Henry (AMS National Award - Senior Division) for her project titled "Earth of Fire".

Sara Galbreath (AMS National Award - Junior Division) for her project titled "TWISTER".


2009 Winner:

Tyler Warren (AMS National Award and Bob Miller Memorial Award) for his project titled "Getting the Scoop on Drought-stressed Soils".


2008 Winners:

Katharine Sloop (Bob Miller Memorial Award) for her project titled "Combined Effects of a Late Freeze and Prolonged Drought".

Evan Mitchell (AMS Smoky Mountain Chapter's Award) for his project titled "Warmer Oceans, Glacial Melt?".

Byron Jaeger (AMS National Award - Senior Division) for his project titled "A Novel Approach to Multiscale Approximation".

Keith Birdwell (AMS National Award Junior Division) for his project titled "Has Climate Changed in Anderson County (During the Last 30 Years)?".


2007 Winners:

Grant Garrett Fisher (AMS Smoky Mountain Chapter's Award) for his project titled "Mysteries of the Night".

Julianna Romanoski (AMS Smoky Mountain Chapter's Award) for her project titled "Clean Water for a Thirsty World".

Benjamin Quigley (AMS National Award Senior Division) for his project titled "Carcinogenic Caves".


2002 Winner:

Alexandra Meehan (AMS Smoky Mountain Chapter's Award).


2000 Winner:

Meredith A. Jagger (AMS Smoky Mountain Chapter's Award).




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