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Four LSU Students Nominated for 2019 Prestigious Udall Scholarship

Four LSU Students Nominated for 2019 Prestigious Udall Scholarship

McKaila Darden, Katie Davis, Jack Green, Adam Howe

LSU has nominated four students to compete for the prestigious Udall Scholarship. The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. Katie Davis, McKaila Darden, Jack Green, and John Adam Howe will compete with students from universities across the country for the chance to be named a 2019 Udall Scholar. Students are selected through an internal competition at LSU in order to compete for the scholarship. In 2019, the Udall Foundation anticipates awarding 50 scholarships of up to $7,000 each. 

“This year we have a strong slate of candidates for the Udall Scholarship, two of which have already been recognized by the Foundation as leaders in environmental management and activism,” said Dr. Drew Lamonica Arms, LSU’s Director of Fellowship Advising in the Ogden Honors College. “Each has a proven track record of research and service, much of which is dedicated to protecting resources and promoting campus sustainability and restoration along the Louisiana coast.”

McKaila Darden, a native of Charenton, LA, is a junior majoring in Natural Resource Ecology and Management. She is a member of the Native American Student Organization at LSU and serves as Student Government College of Agriculture Special Events Chair and as a College of Agriculture student ambassador with Les Voyageurs. Darden hopes to devote her career to the management of renewable natural resources as a public land manager. She received an honorable mention from the Udall Foundation last year.

Katie Davis, a native of Frisco, TX, is an Ogden Honors College junior 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.

Jack Green, a native of Lake Charles, LA, is an Ogden Honors College junior 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. 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. Green has interned with the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities to advocate for funding for coastal projects.

John Adam Howe, a native of Baton Rouge, LA, is an Ogden Honors College sophomore majoring in Biological Engineering. A LASAL Scholar, Howe serves as Budgeting Chair for the Honors College Project 225. He has also served as an assistant in agricultural and microfinance operations for four mission trips to Guatemala. Howe’s career goal is to establish and grow a biological engineering firm that focuses on mimicking natural processes to create sustainable agricultural, water, waste management, and energy systems.

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.

About the Udall Foundation

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. The 1998 Environmental Policy and Conflict Resolution Act created the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution as a program of the Udall Foundation to assist parties in resolving environmental, public lands, and natural resources conflicts nationwide that involve federal agencies or interests. In 2009, Congress enacted legislation to honor Stewart L. Udall and add his name to the Udall Foundation.

About the 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.