Combined Major: Economics and Environmental Science
Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship
Wesley Dyer, a junior majoring in Economics and Environmental Science, received the Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This scholarship will support the last two years of his undergraduate education here at Western, up to $8,000 per year. As part of the scholarship, NOAA will place him in a paid internship during the summer following his junior year. Wesley plans to study environmental law after graduating.
This summer, as a part of the Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program, Wesley interned for 10 weeks at NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) in Silver Spring, Maryland. His project focused on integrating smart growth approaches with hazard mitigation for coastal communities. He started by researching model smart growth and hazard ordinances, eventually finding a strong model coastal floodplain management bylaw. He analyzed the model bylaw for ways to integrate smart growth approaches, conferring with my mentors in OCRM and a contact in the Environmental Protection Agency. He compiled his recommended integrations in a report, which will serve as a step forward for NOAA and EPA as they continue their work on hazard mitigation and smart growth for coastal communities.
Double Major: Art History and Studio Art
Smith College Summer Institute in Art Museum Studies
Meredith Ekberg received full funding to attend the 2010 Summer Institute in Art Museum Studies at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. The six-week program engages students in an in depth exploration of art museums. Weekly travels to over twenty museums in the New York and Boston area gave participants the opportunity to meet professionals in various museum departments. Class time was spent studying the history of museums, collection maintenance and growth, the importance of museum architecture, department organization, current museum challenges and funding opportunities. Essays and reading assignments focused attention on contemporary topics and encouraged reflection on recent travels. Workshops helped students coordinate and work in groups, explained how to pursue a career in the museum field and presented how to properly handle and care for works of art. Throughout the program participants planned and mounted an exhibition, and duties were divided amongst groups similar to the curatorial, design, education and marketing departments within a museum. As a member of the curatorial team, Meredith helped to select the works of art, theme and title of the exhibition, as well as write the catalogue introduction.>
Minors: Bilingual Education; Latin American Studies
Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Uruguay
Nicole Grambo received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant to take place in Uruguay. She is assisting in English language programs in schools and teacher training centers in the provinces as well as Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. Her responsibilities include giving presentations on topics related to the United States, sharing American culture and way of life with students, preparing activities to encourage students to communicate in English, and participating in or leading seminars, workshops and trainings. She also has the opportunity to take courses at local universities. Nicole plans to pursue a career in teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language.
Minors: German and Japanese
Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Germany
Jennifer Mankin earned her B.A. in Linguistics and is a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at a technical college in the town of Stadtroda, Germany. She is also attending classes at the university in nearby Jena. While enjoying life and community in Germany, Jennifer is developing her teaching and language skills in preparation for graduate study.
MA Candidate, Geology
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 2009-12
Melissa Park received full funding for her graduate studies through the National Science Foundation. She will receive $30,000 a year for three years in addition to the tuition waiver and numerous opportunities presented only to NSF fellows. Because of this funding, she was able to dedicate her entire summer to the fieldwork required for her project: the study of the effects of geothermal activity on the glacier contained in Sherman Crater, Mount Baker’s active crater. She climbed to the crater six times this past summer, with heavy geophysical gear carried by full teams of assistants whom she was able to pay generously. She was also able to go to the Geological Society of America’s annual conference to present some initial findings from her research – in particular, features under the ice that her team uncovered with the use of Ground-penetrating Radar. For the first time, she noted, we know what the depth of the ice in the crater is (67 meters), and we found what could be a subglacial lake at the bottom of the crater. Melissa still has much data analysis ahead, and she looks forward to finding out what other subglacial treasures her research will yield. The fellowship gives her the opportunity to concentrate all her efforts on her projects, and that, she asserts, is truly priceless!
Major: Environmental Studies
Gilman International Scholarship
Paul Wanzek received Gilman scholarship to help pay for his participation in EcoQuest, a study abroad located in New Zealand. As background, he has learned about the natural and sociopolitical history of New Zealand in order to critically analyze current ecological programs in that country, including invasive pest control, indigenous species management, and related social topics. He is spending days in the field learning about the local flora and fauna, and he is participating in ongoing research on the health of local shellfish populations that will be used to manage the health of the wharekawa estuary. In the coming months he will take classes and participate in field studies focusing on endangered species rehabilitation, forest ecology, and much more.
Michaela Rollins Williams
Major: B.A., Fairhaven College, Eurasian Studies, Political Economics, and Russian
Fulbright Scholarship, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
Michaela Rollins Williams received a Fulbright grant to pursue an M.A. in Poverty and Development from University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. She is particularly interested in the role of women's business initiatives in shaping durable local economies. In her degree program and in her host community of Brighton, she is exploring energy and climate-resilient pathways for economic development in the UK as well as the Global South.