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2014 Udall Scholarship Nominees

February 9, 2014

Jillian Adair (Environmental Science, BS/MS ' 16, Honors), Lindsay Bushong (Environmental Studies, BS ' 16, Honors), and Collin Cavote (Biomimicry BS ' 15, Honors) are this year's nominees for the Udall Scholarship.

Jillian has conducted research in the Fisheries and Botany departments at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. She is interested in sustainable water management and is looking forward to a spring/summer co-op at the Philadelphia Water Department. Jillian also founded the Drexel Animal Welfare Group, which successfully campaigned for Meatless Mondays at the Handschumacher Dining Center.

Lindsay is passionate about gardening, community engagement and sustainable urban planning. She is a founding member and now Vice-President of Drexel Urban Growers and manages the Dornsife Center Community Garden. The "Backyard Beds" initiative, which Lindsay spearheaded after input from the local community,  allows residents of the Mantua and Powelton neighborhoods to grow vegetables right outside their homes. Lindsay also conducted research about urban farming through Drexel's STAR program.

Collin CavoteCollin created a Biomimicry custom-design major which allows him to study biology, chemistry, design, and entrepreneurship. The idea of looking to nature for inspiration led him to start his own business that builds bio-walls in cities to absorb carbon dioxide and clean polluted air. He recently won an Entrepreneurship grant to help him get the company off the ground. Collin is also active in the Drexel Smart House and was instrumental in revitalizing this student-run organization.

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The Udall Scholarship awards 50 scholarships of up to $5000 and 50 honorable mentions to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.  The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics.  Find out more on the Udall Scholarship website.

For more information, email Cindy Schaarschmidt, Asst. Director of the Fellowships Office.