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Dereka Carroll

Dereka is a first-year M.S. student in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University. She graduated from Jackson State University in April 2012, with a B.S. in Meteorology and Minor in Mathematics. Dereka gained research experience in programs such as the Louis Stokes Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation(LSMAMP) undergraduate summer bridge program, NOAA's Ernest F. Hollings scholarship program, and NCAR's Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) program, where she is currently active. Aside from these internships, Dereka is a part of the Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Science (MSPHDs) Cohort VIII.  Her research interests include mesoscale convective vortices, extreme weather modeling using WRF, and societal impacts of severe weather. Dereka's current research focuses on the development of a tropical cyclone tornado (TCT) risk index. This work will be incorporated in an overall risk index for hurricanes developing in the Atlantic Basin, with emphasis on inland and coastal hazards.