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Juniors Named Udall Scholar and Honorable Mention

Jonathan Lambert Named an Udall Scholar and Erin Percevault Named Honorable Mention
Juniors Named Udall Scholar and Honorable Mention

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LSU junior Jonathan Lambert of Madisonville has been named an Udall Scholar by the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. Lambert becomes LSU’s third Udall Scholar, joining 2007 recipient Nita Clark, a native of Baker, and 2010 recipient Anna Normand, a native of Opelousas. In addition to Lambert, junior Erin Percevault, a native of Verona, N.J., was named an Udall Honorable Mention.

“I have been working since sophomore year applying for the Udall Scholarship, and receiving it is an incredible honor and validation of the effort I have put forth throughout my undergraduate career,” Lambert said. “I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to build relationships with many of my professors and advisors, and believe that helped me more than anything during the application process. The Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising, especially Dr. [Drew Lamonica] Arms and Marybeth Smith, has been extremely helpful and encouraging as well.”

Lambert, an Honors College student double majoring in coastal environmental science in the School of the Coast & Environment and marine biology in the College of Science, researches storm surge in the Coastal Flooding Research Group of the Department of Geography and Anthropology. Last year, he received the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship.

After graduation in May 2014, Lambert would like to attend graduate school to study environmental science at a program such as the M.A. program in climate and society at Columbia University and ultimately, to obtain a Ph.D. in marine environmental science, concentrating on the impacts of climate change on coastal ecosystems. After his studies, he would like to work for NOAA as a coastal manager at the National Center for Coastal Ocean Science. After gaining this experience, he hopes to return to the academic realm as a research professor, investigating the effects of storm surge.

“My home state of Louisiana is the first frontier for coastal land loss, comprising 90 percent of the nation’s total loss, and what happens here will likely serve as an example for the rest of the world,” Lambert wrote in his Udall application. “Because of these circumstances, I want to pursue a career focusing on coastal science and sustainability.”

Percevault, an Honors College junior majoring in landscape architecture in the College of Art & Design, is researching strategies used in response and recovery with particular attention on the performance of ecological systems. After graduating in May 2015, she hopes to participate in the FEMA-unit of AmeriCorps NCCC to gain more firsthand experience of current processes of preparedness, response and recovery. She also plans to pursue a professional licensure as a landscape architect and will return to graduate school in architecture or urban planning to continue research and advise communities in design and sustainable planning.

Fifty students from 43 colleges and universities were selected as 2013 Udall Scholars. A 14-member independent review committee selected this year’s group of Udall Scholars on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, Native American health care, or tribal public policy; leadership potential; academic achievement; and record of public service. The review committee also awarded 50 Honorable Mentions.

This highly qualified class of Udall Scholars was selected from 488 candidates nominated by 230 colleges and universities. Forty-two scholars intend to pursue careers related to the environment. Four Native American/Alaska Native Scholars intend to pursue careers related to tribal public policy; four Native American/Alaska Native Scholars intend to pursue careers related to health care.

Each scholarship provides up to $5,000 for the scholar’s junior or senior year. Since the first awards in 1996, the Udall Foundation has awarded 1,364 scholarships totaling $6,820,000.

The 2013 Udall Scholars will assemble August 7-11, in Tucson, Ariz., to receive their awards and meet policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care, and governance.

The Udall Foundation is an independent federal agency that was established by Congress in 1992 to provide federally funded scholarships for college students intending to pursue careers related to the environment, as well as to American Indian students pursuing tribal public policy or health care careers. In 1998, the Foundation grew to include the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, created by Congress as the federal government’s only program focused entirely on resolving federal environmental disputes. The foundation also operates the Parks in Focus program, connecting underserved youth to nature through photography. For more information, visit

The LSU Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising was created to assist students in applying for prestigious scholarships and fellowships, such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Gates, Mitchell, Udall, Truman and Goldwater awards. Students interested in applying for these and other scholarship opportunities or for more information on the office, contact Drew Lamonica Arms, director of fellowship advising, at


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