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
Jordan Stark, Environmental Science Track
Jenna Frank, Social & Cultural Perspectives Track
Alexandra Guest, Environmental Science Track
Sarah Arndt, Social & Cultural Perspectives Track
Sondra Lipshutz, Environmental Science Track
Stephanie Seidmon, Social & Cultural Perspectives Track
Gordon MacPherson, Environmental Science Track
Adam Schmelkin, Social & Cultural Perspectives Track
Claire Superak, Environmental Science Track
Laura Fralich, Social & Cultural Perspectives Track
Dawn Harfmann, Environmental Science Track
Nadine Dodge, Social & Cultural Perspectives Track
Hannah Harris, Environmental Science Track
Bradford Nesbitt, Social & Cultural Perspectives Track
Other Awards, Grants, and Achievements
Lauren Bosche ’15
Won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, where she will earn an MSc degree in environment and resource management. She plans to specialize in water and climate policy and complete a research project at the Amsterdam Global Change Institute.
Julia Boyer ’16
Won Skidmore’s SEE-Beyond grant to study how elephant feeding behavior influences vegetation community structure in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.
Emily Cheung ’17
Received an RCIA award to intern at Conservation Fisheries, Inc. of Tennessee, studying aquatic biodiversity.
Tsering Choden ’17
Received a SSFIAP award to work for Childreach Nepal.
Kaelen Clark ’16
Received a Responsible Citizenship Internship Award (RCIA) from Skidmore’s SGA to work at the Community Harvest Project.
Sarah Coburn ’16
Won a 2015 Summer Internship Award to research voluntourism with the Bodhi Surf and Yoga School in Costa Rica.
Jenna Frank ’15
Wrote a successful three-year, $60,000 grant for Yemaya, a women’s organic farming collective in Mexico, from the Blossom Fund, a private foundation that supports the grassroots efforts of women in Latin America.
Jared Herman ’15
Received an RCIA award to work on agroforestry and permaculture with the Borner Green Energy Team in Thailand.
Eliza Hollister ’15
Won a 2015 Summer Internship Award to work at Radix Ecological and Sustainability Center in Albany.
Rafaela Iturralde ’17
Received an RCIA award to work at CEDENMA, the national coordinating entity for environmental NGOs in Ecuador.
Michaela Kerxhalli-Kleinfield ’16
Won a 2015 Summer Internship Award to intern at Saratoga PLAN, a local land trust that preserves open space in Saratoga County.
Charlie Lovejoy ’16
Was awarded an NSF-REU grant to work at Harvard Forest for the summer, researching natural and human disturbance effects on forest ecosystems.
Zia O’Neill ’17
Received an RCIA award to work for Bike and Build Cyclist, riding her bike across the country to raise money for affordable housing groups.
Anna Gubbins ’15
Won Skidmore’s SEE-Beyond grant to work with the sea turtle conservation and research program at Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota, Fla.
Rebecca Fennel ’15
Won a 2014 ES Summer Internship Award to support her internship at Food Gatherers, a Michigan food bank that rescues food from local grocery stores to deliver to people in need.
Olivia McKee ’16
Won a 2014 ES Summer Internship Award to work with Saratoga PLAN, a local land trust that preserves open space in Saratoga County.
Emily Cheung ’17
Received a RCIA award to intern with the US Forest Service through the Student Conservation Association, working on trails in the Frank Church-River of No Return wilderness area.
Emily Durante ’15
Received a RCIA award to work for the City of Saratoga Springs Planning and Economic Department, helping to implement a pilot bike-share program. Emily also won a national Newman Civic Fellow Award for her work on sustainable transportation, both on campus and in the Saratoga Springs.
Sarah Hoenig ’15
Received a SSFIAP award to intern at the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition in Albany, a non-profit organization focused on environmental health issues.
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 Hawaii, 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 Award to work with two different film production companies in NYC.
Annie Weis ’14, 2013
Received a RCIA award to intern with Burns and Hammond, a 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 Calif.
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.
Korena Burgio, 2011
Environmental studies major, Environmental Science Track
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, established Student Organic Food Garden on campus with funding from the nonprofit Sparkseed and Skidmore's Responsible Citizenship Task Force.
Sarah Green, 2011
Environmental studies minor 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. Received the Barnabas McHenry Hudson River Valley Award to research how a national park designation could affect 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, awarded the interdisciplinary Joseph Garrison Parker Prize for 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, won an EPA Greater Research Opportunities Undergraduate Student Fellowship for $42,000.
Jenna Gersie, 2010
Environmental studies major, Social & Cultural Perspectives Track, won the 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, was a finalist for a Goldwater Scholarship President's Award.
Ryan Bailey, 2009
Environmental studies major, Social & Cultural Perspectives Track, won a $5,000 fellowship from the Lewis and Clark College/Mellon Foundation interdisciplinary environmental research initiative
Erin Kenison, 2009
Environmental studies major, Environmental Science Track, won the Best Student Poster Presentation Award at the Northeast Natural History Conference X for Friendship is Wasted on Invasive Japanese Knotweed with Peter Liepzig-Scott; Research experience: biology and conservation of poison dart frogs in Costa Rica.
Peter Liepzig-Scott, 2009
Environmental studies major, Environmental Science Track, won Best Student Poster Presentation Award at the Northeast Natural History Conference X for Friendship is Wasted on Invasive Japanese Knotweed with Erin Kenison
Allison Ruschp, 2009, Sheridan Reuter, 2009 and Caitlin Frame, 2010
Environmental studies majors (Capstone 2009), established a rain garden on campus with funding from Skidmore Student Opportunity Funds and Brookside Nursery and a collaboration with the Saratoga County Intermunicipal Stormwater Program.
Sara Lacy, 2008
Environmental studies minor, was a 2008 sustainable energy fellow and a Duke University Summer Energy Fellowship attendee.