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Biology Major is Drexel's First Udall Scholar

April 12, 2012

Elliott Chiu (BS/MS in Biology/Environmental Science, ’13) received the Udall Scholarship a prestigious and highly-competitive award for students committed to careers related to the environment. Chiu is the first Drexel student to be named a Udall Scholar.

An honors student in the Department of Biology, Chiu first began conducting research as a freshman through Drexel's STAR program. He then picked up his own research project, which will soon bring him to Equatorial Guinea for the second time. Under the tutelage of Dr. Gail Hearn, Chiu will be conducting research for his thesis on the feeding ecology of an understudied species of chameleon found only on Bioko Island.

After graduating from Drexel, Chiu plans to pursue a VMD/PhD to eventually become a research wildlife veterinarian. He hopes to conserve some of the world’s most troubled species, particularly those that suffer from recent disease epidemics.

Chiu has also been involved with Drexel University Circle K. While serving as Vice President of Service, he was able to initiate additional service projects in the Philadelphia area and attract new student members.

The Udall Foundation awards about 80 scholarships of up to $5000 to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care each year. The Udall Foundation is named after Morris K. Udall who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 30 years. In 2009, his brother Stewart L. Udall and former Secretary of the Interior was added.