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Petra M. Udelhofen Memorial Fund

Petra M. Udelhofen 05/21/60 - 05/17/02

Petra M. Udelhofen
05/21/60 – 05/17/02

The Petra M. Udelhofen Memorial Fund was created in 2002 to honor the late Dr. Petra Udelhofen, an Assistant Research Professor in the Institute for Terrestrial and Planetary Atmospheres (ITPA) at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of SoMAS. The Fund supports the Petra M. Udelhofen Memorial Scholarship , which is a $1000 cash scholarship awarded annually to an undergraduate entering his/her senior year of study in Atmospheric Sciences/Meteorology at Stony Brook University.

The Winners of the Petra M. Udelhofen Memorial Scholarship are listed on a plaque in the Endeavour Hall Lobby.


Dr. Udelhofen obtained her doctorate in Meteorology from the University of Cologne, Germany in 1990. Her research focused on long-term climate variations of the Earth’s atmospheric radiation fields. She interacted with a large number of scientists around the world in her career and is remembered as a remarkably generous and friendly colleague.

Petra came to Stony Brook in May 1999 as a Research Scientist working with Distinguished Professor Robert Cess on a NASA CERES project and with Professor and Dean Marvin Geller as the NASA SPARC data center scientist. Prior to that, Petra worked as a Research Associate at the University of Georgia from January 1998 to April 1999, as a Research Fellow of the Cooperative Research Center for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology in Melbourne, Australia from February 1995 to January 1998, as a Research Associate at the University of Washington from November 1991 to November 1994, and as a Research Associate at the GKSS Research Center at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics in Geesthacht, Germany from August 1990 to November 1991. During this time, Petra touched the lives of numerous people across several continents.

Dr. Udelhofen first-authored three research articles published in the most prominent atmospheric science journals, all of which made distinctive contributions to the world science community. These articles discussed the influence of tropical cloud systems on water vapor in the upper troposphere, of solar variability on the Earth’s cloud cover, and of clouds and ozone on surface UV radiation. This latter article remains a leading reference on this subject.

In addition to her research accomplishments, Dr. Udelhofen was a very active member of the ITPA faculty. She taught an undergraduate atmospheric science course and enthusiastically participated in all seminar programs, faculty forums, and other institutional activities. She established and served as the first volunteer editor of the electronic ITPA weekly newsletter. She maintained very close relationships with a large number of faculty, staff, and students. Dr. Udelhofen is warmly remembered by the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and her numerous friends for her generosity, enthusiasm, friendship, and love of life.

Ways to Give

Gifts may be made by check, money order or credit card. Checks and money orders should be made payable to the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences/SBF. SoMAS also accepts MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover. To donate on-line, please click here. When you are donating to the Udelhofen Fund, please specify on the donation form by referencing account number # 363570.


The entire SoMAS community has participated in raising money for the Petra M. Udelhofen Memorial Fund through many fundraisers, including the annual Oktoberfest


Below are articles regarding the Petra M. Udelhofen Memorial Fund, including profiles of the winners.  Click on a headline to view the article.


Celebrating the Class of 2020 – SoMAS Convocation

Congratulations to our graduates!  The annual SoMAS Convocation occurred virtually for the first time on Friday, May 22, 2020 on the SoMAS website, Facebook and YouTube. Students gathered with their friends and family and SoMAS faculty, staff, and fellow students to...

SoMAS Convocation 2019

Photo above: Dean Shepson welcomes the Class of 2019 at the SoMAS Convocation. Congratulations to our graduates!  The annual SoMAS Convocation occurred on Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Center for Leadership and Service. Students gathered with their friends and family...

SoMAS Students Receive End of Year Honors

The end of every school year is an opportunity to highlight the work, honors, and accomplishments of our students, and this year we are celebrating their success again! The SoMAS Undergraduate Environmental Essay Award recognizes and rewards Sustainability Studies and...

SoMAS 2013 Convocation

A cool and cloudy spring day could not dampen the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences convocation ceremony on Friday, May 24th, 2013. This year we had 79 undergraduates in our ATM, ENS, MAR, and MVB majors and a total of 22 graduates in the MA, MS and PhD...

Student Profile: Eda Gimenez

Eda Gimenez is an undergraduate student at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), currently in her 3rd year of study.  Eda was recently awarded the 2011 Evan R. Liblit Undergraduate Scholarship, which honors undergraduates who show a commitment to...

Student Profile: Deborah Aller

A Stellar Graduate: Deborah Aller Receives Prestigious Chancellor’s Award When SoMAS undergraduate Deborah Aller stepped away from the stage at this year’s SoMAS Convocation, she could look back at a career at Stony Brook that was more than distinguished. Deborah took...

Student Profile: Amber Stubler

Amber Stubler is a PhD student entering her third year at SoMAS.  A former Petra M. Udelhofen Memorial Fund recipient, Amber was a member of the first graduating class of marine science undergraduates from Stony Brook.  As an undergrad, she traveled to the island of...

SoMAS Oktoberfest Raises Over $1000 for Petra M. Udelhofen Scholarships

Friday October 17th, the SoMAS community gathered in the boathouse to celebrate at the seventh annual Oktoberfest Fundraiser. SoMAS students, faculty, staff, and their family and friends socialized, listened to live music, and raised money by buying food, beverages,...

MSRC Winners of SBU’s “What is Leadership?” Contest

  Two members of the MSRC community know what leadership is. Stony Brook University initiated a contest for the "What is leadership?" banner during the Year of Community Leadership.  The winning banner was revealed on April 29, 2002. From the 10 selected...

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