Four awarded Holstrom environmental scholarships
May 2, 2014
Four UW-Madison students have been awarded a Holstrom Environmental Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year.
This campus-wide scholarship provides support to undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW-Madison faculty or staff. Research proposals must have an environmental focus, and applicants must have at least a junior standing at the time of application.
The Holstrom Family Foundation established the Holstrom-Kineke Environmental Studies Fund at the University of Wisconsin Foundation in 1990 to support the work of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. The endowment supports student research awards through the Holstrom scholarship, as well as lectures, conferences and workshops on environmental matters.
The first Holstrom scholarships were presented in 1992. They are a part of the university's Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship competition, administered by the UW-Madison Undergraduate Academic Awards Office. Student recipients receive $3,000 and the faculty/staff research advisor receives $500 to help offset research costs.
Award recipients will be honored at the Chancellor's Undergraduate Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 5, from 7-8:30 p.m. in Great Hall of the Memorial Union.
2014-15 scholarship recipients include:
- Ian Atkins (Biological Systems Engineering), working with Professor Christopher Choi (Biological Systems Engineering)
Project title: Sustainable Energy Balances for Wisconsin's Geothermal Boreholes
- Kaitlin Jasper (Spanish), working with Professor Katherine McMahon (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Project title: The Impact of Nitrogen Supplied from Amino Acids and Polyamines on Bacterial Community Composition in a Eutrophic Lake
- Maia Persche (Wildlife Ecology and Horticulture), working with Professor Anna Pidgeon (Forest and Wildlife Ecology)
Project title: Quantifying Physiological Stress of Nesting Acadian Flycatchers (Empidonax Virescens) in Response to Recreational Trails and Trail Use
- Thejas Wesley (Intended: Chemical Engineering), working with Professor James A. Dumesic (Chemical and Biological Engineering)
Project title: Effects of Biogenic Impurities on Heterogeneous Catalysts