A doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography, Michael Allen's research focuses on atmospheric variability, seasonality, and anomalous temperature events. He currently serves as Executive Chair of Graduate Student Senate and recently received a University Fellowship through the Division of Graduate Studies. Michael earned his Master's from Kent State in 2010 and B.S. in Earth Science-‐Meteorology from California University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Michael also serves on various national committees including the American Meteorological Society's Board on Environment and Health, Committee on Applied Climatology, and the Association of American Geographers Medical Geography Specialty Group. He has served as both an instructor of record and research assistant on various grants during his time at Kent State.