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Congratulations to Drexel's 2015 Udall Nominees

March 4, 2015

This year’s nominees for the Udall Scholarship are Jillian Adair (Environmental Science, BS/MS ' 16, Honors), Lindsay Bushong (Urban Environmental Studies, BS ' 16, Honors), and Alexander McBride (Materials Science and Engineering, ’17, Honors). 

Jillian Adair (Environmental Science, BS/MS, ’16, Honors) is an environmental science student interested in the conservation of freshwater and marine environments. She has pursued research at the Academy of Natural Science in the Botany department and studied abroad twice. Jillian has applied her concentration in ecology and conservation to an environmental sustainability study in Costa Rica and a marine science study with the Sea Education Association (SEA) in Woods Hole, MA. She is embarking with SEA on a 6-week sailing expedition around New Zealand to partake in oceanographic research. Her academic advisor is Dr. Rick McCourt. Jillian aims to work towards aquatic conservation in public organizations using public education and outreach.

After a brief stint as a science major, Lindsay Bushong (Urban Environmental Studies, BS, ’16) quickly discovered that her true passion is for the social justice issues that underly environment ones. With a minor in Sustainability of the Built Environment, Lindsay is particularly interested in food access and community gardening as a way to address many of these urban problems. Lindsay helped to establish the Dornsife Center Community Garden as well as started her own initiative, Backyard Beds, to help city residents grow their own gardens. Lindsay also serves as the Community Development Coalition Leader at the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement and as a student fellow with the Sustainable Philadelphia Alliance of Regional Campuses (SPARC). Her faculty mentor is Dee Nicholas.

Alexander McBride (Materials Science and Engineering, ’17, Honors) began working at Drexel in 10th Grade with Dr. Caroline Schauer on organic photovoltaics. Alex is interested in studying light-electrochemical interactions, and developing technology to transition away from carbon fuel combustion power generation and storage. Through the iSTAR program he conducted research in Germany in 2013, and in 2014 he worked at the University of Oulu in Finland as a Paul Peck Scholar. He is currently working with Dr. Yury Gogotsi, and is interested in developing technologies with immediate application potential.  


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.

For more information, email Meredith Wooten, Assistant Director of the Fellowships Office.