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UVM’s Udall Scholars Featured in Seven Days

Posted: May 8th, 2013 by Britten Elaine Chase

UVM students Erick Crockenberg (Udall Honorable Mention, 2013) and Tad Cooke (Udall Scholar, 2012 and Truman Finalist, 2013) discuss their plans to repurpose the Moran Plant located on Burlington’s picturesque waterfront.

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Achee ’14 Receives Truman Scholarship

Posted: April 15th, 2013 by Britten Elaine Chase

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANursing major Jeanelle Achee, a UVM junior, has been named a 2013 Harry S. Truman Scholar. She is one of 62 students this year to win the highly competitive national award, which recognizes those who want to make a difference in public service and “provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.”

Crockenberg ’14 Honored in Udall Scholarship Competition

Posted: April 15th, 2013 by Britten Elaine Chase

ErickCrockenbergUVM student Erick Crockenberg ’14 has received Honorable Mention status in the 2013 Udall Scholarship competition. This nationally competitive scholarship acknowledges sophomores and juniors who have been outstanding leaders and who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom. It is the most prestigious undergraduate award available for students who are pursuing careers focused on environmental or Native American issues.

Crockenberg has been a leader and a change-maker on the UVM campus and in the Burlington community when it comes to implementing energy efficient systems. He, along with current undergraduate student Tad Cooke ’14, have submitted a proposal to the city detailing a plan to repurpose the defunct Moran Power Plant into an energy net-zero building that would house local businesses and non-profits. The building would be run using biomass energy produced from food waste the businesses within the building create, as well as through local urban waste.

“Erick is making the most of his academic career. Beyond the classroom, he’s implemented theory into practice,” said Colleen Armstrong, UVM’s Greenhouse Facilities director and an academic mentor to Crockenberg. “He’s relied on an ecological design for the 2012 CEF Compost Heat Greenhouse Project.  Erick has demonstrated his commitment to integrated food, energy and organic waste processing systems. This project is an example of undergraduate research which contributes to the university’s mission of reducing our carbon footprint and reducing our dependency on non-renewable resources.”

Crockenberg has been rethinking how energy produced from biomass (in a process called anaerobic digestion) can make businesses operate in a more energy efficient manner in 2011. That year, he and Cooke were awarded a Public Research and Creative Endeavors Scholarship (the award is now the Simon Summer Research Fellowship) through UVM’s Office of Undergraduate Research to pursue research on energy capture with existing compost management at Bread & Butter Farm in Shelburne. They found a way to convert the energy waste the farm produced daily to power other farm activities (such as growing food in a greenhouse during the winter).

Creating a system that would foster increased agricultural energy independence while also enabling year-round cold climate food production has huge potential significance for local farmers, businesses and universities. Since then, Crockenberg has worked to implement projects to use and reuse organic materials to reduce the cost of energy at UVM. In 2012 Crockenberg and Cooke received first place in UVM’s Clean Energy Fund competition for their proposal to research and then build a carbon-negative, compost heated production and research greenhouse on UVM’s Horticultural Farm. The project will break ground this spring.

“Erick’s important work on behalf of sustainability represents not only what the Udall folks are looking for, but also the tremendous opportunities available for motivated UVM students who seek out mentorship from UVM’s faculty and staff,” noted Lisa Schnell, Associate Dean of the Honors College (which houses UVM’s Office of National Fellowships).  “From his faculty mentors in CALS, to his strong relationships with staff members like Colleen Armstrong in the greenhouses and Brit Chase in the Fellowships office, Erick has taken advantage of all UVM has to offer.”

On campus, Crockenberg has been active in areas beyond energy efficiency. A Charlotte, Vt. native, Crockenberg is a co-founder of the Ecological Design Summit, and he is also a wilderness TREK leader and a UVM Outing Club leader. He self-designed his ecological food and energy systems major, and he is currently a renewable energy policy intern at the Vermont State House. After graduation, he intends to create a non-profit redevelopment firm that works with communities to implement projects that repurpose older, under-used spaces into structures that integrate local food and renewable energy production projects (similar to his Moran Plant proposal).

The Udall Scholarship is the preeminent undergraduate award given out by the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. Established by Congress in 1992, the foundation seeks to support scholarship and excellence as it relates to national environmental and Native American policy. Crockenberg is the seventh UVM student to be honored in the Udall Scholarship competition since its inception. He is preceded by Tad Cooke ’14, Tyler Wilkinson-Ray ’12, Colin Arisman ’12 (Honorable Mention), Joanie Stultz ’12 (Honorable Mention),  Zachary Ewell ‘08 and Kesha Ram ‘08. Out of the 488 students nominated by universities to participate in the 2013 competition, 50 students were named scholars and 50 students were given honorable mentions.

UVM Students and Alumni Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Posted: April 15th, 2013 by Britten Elaine Chase

Doctoral student Allyson Degrassi in UVM’s department of biology has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Award. This lucrative and prestigious fellowship is awarded to graduate students who demonstrate outstanding intellectual merit and who have the potential to have a broad and significant impact in their respective fields.

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Rouleau ’14 Receives Goldwater Scholarship

Posted: April 15th, 2013 by Britten Elaine Chase

 

Honors College student and civil engineering major Ben Rouleau ’14 has been awarded a 2013 Goldwater Scholarship. He is one of 271 students nationwide who has received this highly competitive and prestigious award.

 

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Three UVM Students to Study Abroad on Gilman Scholarships

Posted: January 7th, 2013 by Britten Elaine Chase

Three University of Vermont students have been awarded prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships. The Gilman is a nationally competitive award given to accomplished students with financial need who wish to study abroad, and it seeks to support students as they prepare themselves to become active and engaged citizens in an increasingly globalized world.

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UVM Alumna Wins Pickering Fellowship

Posted: June 30th, 2012 by Britten Elaine Chase

University of Vermont alumna Allison Carragher ’06 has been named a Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellow. Carragher is the first UVM student to receive this highly competitive and prestigious award.

Carragher is one of 20 Pickering Graduate Fellows who will receive financial support towards a two-year, full-time master’s degree program in a foreign affairs field. She plans to attend graduate school at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University, where she will pursue a master of arts in international relations with a focus on international development. Ultimately, she aspires to become an economic officer in the U.S. Foreign Service.

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Kerr ’14 Receives Prestigious Boren Award

Posted: May 16th, 2012 by Britten Elaine Chase

Erin Kerr has been awarded a Boren Scholarship to study in Serbia, Bosnia and Kosovo during the 2012-2013 academic year. Kerr is an Honors College sophomore and geography major, and she will participate in the Peace and Conflict Studies program through the School of International Training in the spring of 2013.

Two other UVM students were recognized in the 2012-2013 Boren competition. Hannah Gibson ’14, a double Russian and sociology major, was named a finalist and placed on the alternate list for study in St. Petersburg, Russia during the spring 2013 semester. Jeremiah Rozman ’14, a political science major, was also named a finalist and placed on the alternate list for study in Amman, Jordan during the 2012-2013 academic year.

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UVM Students win Fulbright Awards

Posted: May 14th, 2012 by Britten Elaine Chase

Three University of Vermont students and a recent alumnus have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholarships. The prestigious awards are fully funded, year-long academic fellowships which enable seniors, recent graduates and graduate students who have an outstanding academic record to live abroad and conduct research or teach English as part of an intellectual and cultural exchange.

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Cooke ’14 Receives Udall Scholarship

Posted: April 23rd, 2012 by Britten Elaine Chase

UVM student Tad Cooke’ 14 has been named a 2012 Udall Scholar. This nationally competitive scholarship acknowledges sophomores and juniors who have been outstanding leaders and who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom. It is the most prestigious undergraduate award available for students who are pursuing careers focused on environmental or Native American issues.

During the past two years, Cooke, a Charlotte, Vt. native and a sustainable food and energy systems major, has worked to fundamentally rethink the way organic material has been used and reused in the way that society produces food and energy. This past spring Cooke, along with fellow student Erick Crockenberg ’14, received first place in UVM’s Clean Energy Fund competition for their proposal to research and then build a carbon-negative, compost heated production and research greenhouse on UVM’s Miller Farm. This would be the first greenhouse of its kind in the country. Cooke and Crockenberg also helped create UVM’s Ecological Desgin summit, and are also the university’s lead project coordinators on an EPA P3 grant, which will help them further fund the research on heat system technology for the greenhouse operation.

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