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PEI Environmental Scholars Program

The Princeton Environmental Institute's Environmental Scholars Program was established in 2011 with an inaugural gift from Elizabeth A. Smith and Ray E. Newton III ’86 to support advanced undergraduate scholarship in the broad area of environmental studies. The program is honorific in nature and rewards students who have shown exceptional promise in their academic coursework and in select summer research apprenticeships under the guidance of Princeton faculty.

The Environmental Scholars Program enables students to continue research apprenticeships with a member of the Princeton faculty in the summer after their sophomore year and on a continuous basis, culminating in field study as an integral component of their junior and senior independent work. It is intended for students who are able to clearly articulate a research agenda within the context of their academic course of study and with reference to previous research-immersion experiences.

During the fall semester, nominated students are asked to submit application materials for admission to the program. Selection is made by committee and admitted students are eligible to receive up to $15,000 to support their research agenda over a two-year period. Awards are structured to cover the costs of a qualified summer research apprenticeship and/or research expenses associated with independent field study connected to curricular junior/senior independent work.

PEI Environmental Scholars: Awarded in 2018

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Past Recipients

Year Recipient Major Adviser(s) Research Topic
2017 Emily Geyman '19 GEO Adam Maloof How Do Carbonates Record Sea Level and Seawater Chemistry?
2016 Josh Murray '18 GEO Blair Schoene A Deterministic Approach to Geochemical Stratigraphy
2016 William Atkinson '18 GEO Satish Myneni The Effect of Minerals on Organic Carbon Stability in Diverse Soil Environments
2015 Zoe Sims ‘17 EEB Stephen Pacala Coral Reef Acclimatization to Climate Change: Phenotypic Tradeoffs and Environmental Consequences
2015 Adrian Tasistro-Hart ‘17 CEE Adam Maloof Testing Milankovitch Theory with Late Cretaceous Lake Deposits in Bolivia
2015 Marcus Spiegel ‘17 GEO Kelly Caylor Modeling Agricultural Expansion in Zambia to Predict and Minimize Tradeoffs
2015 Paul Yi ‘17 GEO Sonya Legg Process Simulations of Tidally Driven Internal Waves over Rough Topography
2014 Alison Campion ‘16 GEO Adam Maloof Late Paleozoic Ice Age: Carbon and Oxygen Isotopes in Carbonate Parasequences
2014 Elliot Chang ’16 CEE Adam Wolf The Use of Alginate and Chitosan to Purify Leaf Distillates of Organic Contaminants
2013 Rebecca Haynes ’15 EEB David Wilcove, Andrew Dobson A Study of Polices and Attitudes Concerning the Conservation of Central American Felines
2013 Zhaonan Qu ‘15 MA Robert Goldston Lithium Cooling in Tokamak Scrape-off Layer