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Student Achievements

Environmental Studies Faculty Awards: Awarded annually to two outstanding graduating seniors, one in each track of the major, who, through academic achievement, community engagement, and leadership, demonstrate exceptional promise in addressing environmental issues. 

2014 Recipients
Alexandra Guest, Environmental Science Track
Sarah Arndt, Social & Cultural Perspectives Track

2013 Recipients
Sondra Lipshutz, Environmental Science Track
Stephanie Seidmon, Social & Cultural Perspectives Track

2012 Recipients
Gordon MacPherson, Environmental Science Track
Adam Schmelkin, Social & Cultural Perspectives Track

2011 Recipients
Claire Superak, Environmental Science Track
Laura Fralich, Social & Cultural Perspectives Track

2010 Recipients
Dawn Harfmann, Environmental Science Track
Nadine Dodge, Social & Cultural Perspectives Track

2009 Recipients 
Hannah Harris, Environmental Science Track 
Bradford Nesbitt, Social & Cultural Perspectives Track

Other Awards

Melissa Chilinski ’15, 2013
Won a 2013 ES Summer Internship Award to support her internship at Radix Ecological Sustainability Center in Albany, a center for education on low-cost urban sustainability initiatives.

Norah (Nonie) Crossnohere ’14, 2013
Was funded by SGA’s Responsible Citizenship Internship Award (RCIA) to complete an internship at World Information Transfer, a not-for-profit NGO that consults with the United Nations.

Emily Durante ’15, 2013
Won an award from the RCIA to intern with both the City of Saratoga Springs Planning and Economic Development Department and the Complete Streets Board, working to promote healthy transportation.

Rebecca Fennel ’15, 2013
Received a RCIA award to work at Groundwork Somerville, an organization that works with the Somerville community outside Boston on local sustainability projects.

Josh Inaba ’14, 2013
Won Skidmore’s SEE-Beyond grant to fund his internship at The Nature Conservancy of Hawai’I, working for the island’s marine program.  Josh developed a policy tool to help TNC and its partners establish community-based subsistence fishing areas.

Sondra Lipshutz ’13, 2013
Was awarded a 2013 ES Summer Internship Award to work for the NYC Department of Environmetnal Protection as a Wet Weather Planning Intern with the Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis.

Laura Mindlin ’15, 2013
Was funded by Skidmore Summer Funded Internship Awards Program to work at the Food Bank for New York City, an organization fighting to end food poverty in the five boroughs.

Julia Sabatino ’14, 2013
Won a 2013 ES Summer Internship Award to fund her summer research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, investigating the health effects of exposure to the organic solvent toluene.

Aoife Semar ’14, 2013
Won a 2013 ES Summer Internship Award to intern at the Sierra Club, writing blog posts and creating two short films for public outreach.

Eric Stumpf ’13, 2013
Was funded by the Elizabeth Marie Glotzbach Film Industry to work with two different film production companies in NYC.

Annie Weis ’14, 2013
Received a RCIA award to intern with Burns and Hammond, an environmental consulting firm, looking at sustainable business practices.

Caitlin White ’14, 2013
Was funded by RCIA to work with Sustainable Skidmore on updating Skidmore’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory and creating a sustainability walking tour brochure.

Sarah Arndt ’14, 2012
Was awarded the 2012 Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society undergraduate student paper award for her Honors Forum Project, “Building a read food system: the challenges and successes on the college campus.”  She also won a 2012 ES Summer Internship Award to continue her work with Real Food Challenge by assessing the Skidmore Murray-Aikins dining hall.

Lauren Bosche ’15, 2012
Won a 2012 ES Summer Internship Award to work with the East Bay Bicycle Coalition in Berkeley CA.

Jen Harfmann ’14, 2012
An ES minor, was awarded a competitive grant from the Schupf Scholar Program to conduct summer research on nutrient cycling in northern Michigan streams.

Gwyn Harris ’13, 2012
Won Skidmore’s SEE-Beyond grant and spent the summer taking classes and learning sustainable design and architecture at Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont.

Eliza Sherpa ’14, 2012
Won an EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Undergraduate Student Fellowship, which provides funding for her junior and senior year of undergraduate study as well as a summer internship at an EPA facility.

Kate Jestin Taylor ’14, 2012
Won a 2012 ES Summer Internship Award to intern as a zookeeper at the Austin Zoo in Texas, where she helped with day-to-day operations of the zoo.

Korena Burgio, 2011
Environmental Studies Major, Environmental Science Track has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach English in South Korea starting in July 2011.

Laura Fralich, 2011
Environmental Studies Major, Social & Cultural Perspectives Track
Establishment of Student Organic Food Garden on Campus with funding from the non-profit organization Sparkseed and Skidmore's Responsible Citizenship Task Force.

Sarah Green, 2011
Environmental Studies Minor has won a Fulbright research grant to Argentina to work on Eco-Literature.

Kate Ito, 2011
Environmental Studies Major, Social & Cultural Perspectives Track and double minor in Geosciences and Government: A recipient of the Barnabas McHenry Hudson River Valley Award, Kate will research how a National Park designation could effect the Hudson Valley's economic, environmental, social and natural institutions. Her findings will be displayed on OurHudson.org.

Jesse Moy, 2011
Environmental Studies Major, Environmental Science Track was awarded the the interdisciplinary Joseph Garrison Parker Prize awarded to a junior or senior who not only excels in his or her science major but also shows promise in fine arts and/or music.

Nadine Dodge, 2010
Environmental Studies Major, Social & Cultural Perspectives Track
EPA Greater Research Opportunities Undergraduate Student Fellowship: $42,000

Jenna Gersie, 2010
Environmental Studies Major, Social & Cultural Perspectives Track
Joseph C. Palamountain Jr. Prose Award for an excerpt from Wings and Words: A Field Guide to the Birds of North American Environmental Literature, a senior thesis in environmental literature.

Dawn Harfmann, 2010
Environmental Studies Major, Environmental Science Track
Finalist, Goldwater Scholarship
President's Award

Ryan Bailey, 2009
Environmental Studies Major, Social & Cultural Perspectives Track
Lewis and Clark Mellon Foundation Interdisciplinary Environmental Research Initiative; $5,000 fellowship

Erin Kenison, 2009
Environmental Studies Major, Environmental Science Track
Best Student Poster Presentation Award at the Northeast Natural History Conference X: Friendship is Wasted on Invasive Japanese Knotweedwith Peter Liepzig-Scott; Research Experience for Undergraduates: biology and conservation of poison dart frogs in Costa Rica

Peter Liepzig-Scott, 2009
Environmental Studies Major, Environmental Science Track
Best Student Poster Presentation Award at the Northeast Natural History Conference X: Friendship is Wasted on Invasive Japanese Knotweed with Erin Kenison

Allison Ruschp, 2009, Sheridan Reuter, 2009 & Caitlin Frame, 2010
Environmental Studies Majors, Capstone 2009
Establishment of a rain garden on campus with funding from Skidmore Student Opportunity Funds, a generous donation from Brookside Nursery and collaboration with the Saratoga County Intermunicipal Stormwater Program.

Sara Lacy, 2008
Environmental Studies Minor
2008 Sustainable Energy Fellow; Duke University Summer Energy Fellowship Attendee

 

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