Alyssa Cannistraci is a senior meteorology major and member of the University Honors College. Research primarily presented in this paper stems from an internship she completed at the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program. This project allowed her to explore a research interest by analyzing connections between social science and meteorology. Such goal was achieved by studying society’s perception of tornado risk. Cannistraci intends on continuing this research in writing her senior thesis for the University Honors College, under the mentorship of Dr. Sepideh Yalda. Outside of academia, Cannistraci enjoys crafting, admiring sunsets, as well as spending time with friends and family. Upon graduation from Millersville University during spring 2018, she aspires to attend graduate school and work as a research scientist.