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2019 Udall Scholars Announced

One LSU Ogden Honors Student Named 2019 Scholar, Another Receives Honorable Mention

BATON ROUGE – Third-year LSU student Jack Green of Lake Charles, LA, has been named a 2019 Udall Scholar in the environment category. Third-year student Katie Davis of Frisco, TX, has received an honorable mention in the environmental category. The Udall Scholarship provides up to $7,000 for the Scholar’s junior or senior year.

This year, 55 students from 50 colleges and universities nationwide were selected as Udall Scholars. A 14-member independent review committee selected the Udall Scholars based on their commitment to careers in the environment, Native health care, or Tribal public policy; leadership potential; record of public service; and academic achievement. The review committee also awarded 55 honorable mentions.

Jack Green is an Ogden Honors College student majoring in Applied Coastal Environmental Science and Political Science, with a concentration in public policy. Green was named a 2018 Udall Scholar and a 2019 Truman Scholarship finalist. At LSU, he is a LASAL (Louisiana Service and Leadership) Scholar in the Ogden Honors College and an active member of LSU Student Government where he serves as a student senator for the College of Coast and Environment and chairs campus affairs and sustainability committee. Green has interned with the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities to advocate for funding for coastal projects.

“I am so honored to have been chosen to receive this award for the second year in a row,” said Jack Green. "Since I have come to LSU, I have worked with Student Government and LSU Sustainability to promote campus sustainability projects to the administration and student body – projects such as composting, renewable energy, and plastic waste reduction. I'm blessed for this work and the values of campus sustainability to have been recognized by the Udall Foundation and the Ogden Honors College.”

Over the past three years, Green has advocated for waste-to-landfill reduction projects, with his efforts resulting in the reduction of tons of greenhouse gas emissions around campus. He also volunteers with Project 225, a program that offers Ogden Honors students the opportunity to get involved with the community through long-term service. With his 2019 recognition, Green becomes only the second LSU student to win the Udall Scholarship two years in a row.

“I could not have achieved this without the tremendous resource offered to me by the Honors College in the form of their fellowship advising,” Green said. “Dr. Arms has been an invaluable ally and resource in this process for me and everyone who applies for fellowships at LSU, and for her to have invested her time in me for two years in a row has been an honor.

Green said he hopes to use this opportunity to further his education in coastal and political sciences.

“Additionally, I want to use the networking opportunity of scholar orientation in August where I will get to interact with the other scholars and Udall alumni to gain new ideas and expert advice to bring back to LSU to continue to promote the importance of environmental sustainability,” Green said. 

Katie Davis is an Ogden Honors College student majoring in Natural Resource Ecology and Management and Spanish. Her research in Dr. Sabrina Taylor’s lab investigates the habitat needs of Bachman's Sparrow, a near-threatened species, hoping to contribute to a further understanding of how genetically-based variation in personality relates to species distribution. Davis is an LSU Stamps Scholar, co-president of the LSU Outdoors Club and treasurer of the LSU Quidditch Club. Ultimately, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Conservation Biology.

"It is a great honor to be recognized by the Udall Foundation and to become part of a community dedicated to conservation and environmental issues,” Davis said. “Making a positive impact on wildlife and ecosystems has been a central goal of my time at LSU. In pursuit of that goal, I have participated in numerous volunteer events with several organizations, helped band local birds, and studied abroad to seek out new perspectives. But the activity through which I hope to make the greatest impact is my research, which is currently aiming to improve our understanding of genetic connectivity and population structure in Seaside Sparrows. Seaside Sparrows, while listed as Least Concern, are residents of highly vulnerable coastal marshes, and several subspecies have already been lost to extinction. I hope that my research might prove valuable to the management of this species, and plan to continue seeking answers to questions of conservation concern in graduate school."

“I’m so pleased for Jack and Katie. Jack’s efforts truly have transformed the LSU campus and its initiatives in sustainability, along with campus awareness of the environmental issues that affect us all,” Drew Lamonica Arms, Director of Fellowship Advising said. “And Katie has taken her research efforts to Argentina and Australia to gain an international perspective on wildlife management. They are both well-deserving of their Udall recognitions.”

The Udall Foundation was established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 as an independent executive branch agency to honor Morris K. Udall’s lasting impact on this nation’s environment, public lands, and natural resources, and his support of the rights and self-governance of American Indians and Alaska Natives. In 2009, Congress enacted legislation to honor Stewart L. Udall and add his name to the Udall Foundation. Since the first awards in 1996, the Udall Foundation has awarded 1,678 scholarships totaling $8,475,000.

The 2019 Udall Scholars will assemble August 6-11 in Tucson, Arizona, to meet one another and program alumni; learn more about the Udall legacy of public service; and interact with community leaders in environmental fields, Tribal health care, and governance.

 

The Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College
The Ogden Honors College, established in 1992, is a vibrant, diverse and prestigious community located at the heart of LSU. The Ogden Honors College provides students with a curriculum of rigorous seminar classes, as well as opportunities for undergraduate research, culminating in the Honors Thesis. Its focus on community service, study abroad, internships and independent research helps today’s high-achieving students become tomorrow’s leaders. 

About the Office of Fellowship Advising
The Ogden Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising advises current students and recent graduates from all colleges at LSU as they apply for prestigious national and international fellowships. Students interested in applying for a Udall Scholarship may contact Drew Lamonica Arms, director of the Office of Fellowship Advising, at fellowships@lsu.edu.