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Global Sustainability Scholars announces their 2019 cohort and honorable mentions

The Global Sustainability Scholars Program (GSS) is excited to announce the members of the initial cohort of undergraduate students. The program was open for sophomore (second-year) students from all over the United States that are interested in a variety of disciplines related to sustainability.

This prestigious, three-year summer experiential learning opportunity fosters professional development within a new generation of scientists who represent the diversity of today’s society.  The program is focused on transdisciplinary sustainability science and innovation.

This inaugural cohort will focus on urban sustainability at the intersection of food, energy and water needs, and will travel during the summer to Seattle, Washington; Bristol, United Kingdom; and, Berlin, Germany, among other locations. Scholars will work with five of the fifteen Belmont funded Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative projects.  Furthermore, the paid summer experience will build life-long, international networks of peers for the GSS scholars.

Global Sustainability Scholars received close to 70 applications, and selected seven students. The following outstanding applicants are the members of the 2019 Cohort:

Applicant Name Institution Name Field of Study
Kashia Caljesuseso Fort Lewis College Environmental Studies
Epongue Ekille Yale University Environmental Studies/Policy
Anthony Erebor University of Michigan Urban Planning
Mayra Carmen Ona Florida International University Environmental Studies/Agricultural
Vanessa Villanueva University of Hawaii at Manoa Global Environmental Science
Mya Wells Howard University Biology
Alena Zhang Columbia University in NYC Double-major in Sustainable Development and Creative Writing

Global Sustainability Scholars would also like to recognize 8 students that all presented exceptionally strong applications, but, due to their student limit, they were unable to accept. Honorable mentions go to the following students:

Lian Huang University of Hawaii at Manoa
Aiden Kamber University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Marisa I. Matho The University of San Francisco
Jissell Muir Florida International University
Marwa Osman University of Colorado Boulder
Khalil Russell The College of William and Mary
Greta M. Wilkening Lawrence University
Melissa Webb University of California, Berkeley

This program is made possible by National Science Foundation Funding and through close collaboration with Future Earth. Our program is based at the University of Colorado Boulder. This collaboration enables GSS cohorts to work with Future Earth and Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action (CRA) Project Teams on a common set of core sustainability research challenges. George Mason University has partnered with GSS to support two Mason students that will join the inaugural cohort.

Learn more about Global Sustainability Scholars at their website.