Stradley ′11 Wins Hollings Scholarship

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Publication Date: 5/13/2009

Eric Stradley ’11, an economics and mathematics bridge major from Burleson, Texas, has received an Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship, awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  

Stradley was motivated to apply for the scholarship after reading a flyer that Dr. Eric Gottlieb, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at Rhodes, sent to his Differential Equations class.

“I had become very interested in the methods of modeling, using differential equations of mathematical systems such as weather change and population growth,” Stradley says. 

When he went to NOAA’s Web site to find more information about the scholarship, he discovered that NOAA’s goals as an institution dovetail with many of the concepts he became interested in Professor Gottlieb’s class.

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides undergraduates with awards that include academic assistance in the form of a yearly scholarship (up to $8,000 per year) for the 2009-2010 academic year and, if reappointed, the 2010-2011 academic year. After he completes the project, Stradley will present his research at a conference with other Hollings scholars. 

According to NOAA’s Web site, the Hollings Scholarship Program is designed to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities.

Stradley will attend a Hollings Scholarship Program Orientation in Washington, D.C. this month.