Cidny Ramirez, UAlbany sophomore

Love at First Storm

When six-year-old Cidny Ramirez came to the U.S. in 2002, she fell in love with the turbulence of weather.

“We don’t have much in terms of severe weather in my native Columbia, so the first time I saw images of tornadoes and hurricanes, I was mesmerized,” said Ramirez, a UAlbany sophomore with a double major in atmospheric sciences and Chinese Studies.

In 2014, as a senior at the Bronx High School of Science, Ramirez won an award from the American Meteorological Society — which is why it came as little surprise that UAlbany was at the top of her list of colleges. Ramirez plans to travel to Taiwan to work on the PIRE U.S.-Taiwan consortium. For her, it’s an opportunity to not only increase her Chinese proficiency, but also expand her knowledge of atmospheric sciences.

Ramirez is the first of a cadre of students participating in the PIRE project, which will ultimately include undergraduates, graduates and post-doctoral researchers. Ramirez hopes to continue her studies by pursuing a master’s degree and Ph.D. in either atmospheric sciences or Chinese Studies.