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Scholarships Help Students Pursue Public Research and Civic Endeavors

Nine students have been awarded Public Research and Civic Endeavors Scholarships by the University of Vermont's Office of Undergraduate Research.

A new award this year, the scholarship provides up to $4,000 directly to students who under faculty tutelage are pursuing research related to the public good. The award will help cover costs incurred in participating in an unpaid or low-paid research internships, creating unique community-based endeavors, or otherwise applying their academic knowledge to real-world situations.

The scholarship expands the funding sources for students engaging in public research and civic endeavors, providing increased opportunities for those interested in pursuing careers in public service, the non-profit sector, or the arts, in particular.

"The scholarship is especially targeted to students in majors where internships are typically unpaid and are vital for job placement after college and career advancement," said Ann Kroll Lerner, undergraduate research coordinator.

The list of this year's winners, including their major, year and project title follows:

  • Page Atcheson, junior environmental studies major, "Climate Action Centers"
  • Erik Crockenberg, first-year self-designed major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, "On-Farm Compost-Based Heating and Methane Capture Systems"
  • Tad Cooke, sophomore self-designed major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, "On-Farm Compost-Based Heating and Methane Capture Systems"
  • Anya Smith-Gedrath, senior environmental studies major, "Time for Tea: Development of Sustainable Tea Tourism in Nepal"
  • Alyssa Iveson, junior forestry major, "Asian Longhorned Beetle, the Invasive Exotic Scourge of New England's Hardwood Forests: How Sentinel Trees can Help Early Detection"
  • Alison Kelly, senior double-major in political science and English, "Burlington City Arts at its 30th Anniversary: Understanding and Celebrating their Story and Community Impact"
  • Alexandra Miller, sophomore plant biology major, "Laboratory Rearing of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug for Biological Control Research to Benefit Vermont"
  • Andrew Philips, senior political science major, "Vermont Fiscal Analysis Internship"
  • Rachel Scheider, junior social work major, "Service Rendered: Making A Better Place for Youth"