Two Ohio State University Undergraduate students have been named 2019 Udall Scholars. The Udall Scholarship recognizes outstanding sophomores and juniors pursuing careers related to the environment as well as Native American students pursuing careers in tribal policy or Native healthcare. The scholarship provides $7,000 towards undergraduate expenses, access to the Udall Alumni Network, and a five-day scholars orientation in Tucson, Arizona. Universities may nominate four students applying for the environmental award, and four students applying to the tribal policy or Native healthcare award. Fifty-five students from 50 colleges and universities have been selected as 2019 Udall Scholars out of a pool of 443 nominated students. This year's scholars come from 36 states and 12 Tribes and Alaska Native Villages. 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 health care, or Tribal public policy; leadership potential; record of public service; and academic achievement. The review committee also awarded 55 Honorable Mentions.
Nicole Doran is a junior honors biology major at in The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences who is passionate about marine science, environmental justice, and increasing diversity and inclusion in STEM fields. She is the president of the OSU chapter of American Indian and Science Engineering Society (AISES) and has conducted research with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to study the effect of salinity level on juvenile blue crab development. Nicole intends to pursue graduate studies in fisheries and wildlife biology, with career goals of increasing inclusion of Native American communities in natural resource management, and incorporating traditional ecological knowledge in conservation research.
Callia Tellez is a junior environmental policy and decision making major in The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences who advocates for equal access to clean water, particularly for those subject to marginalization and environmental injustice. As a researcher, Callia aims to inform inclusive, science-based policy targeting underserved communities. Currently, Callia researches farmer behavior and their adoption of conservation practices to inform Great Lakes water policy. She is the president of the Ohio State University Sierra Club and works on various advocacy projects including West Virginia mountaintop removal awareness and the protection of public lands. Callia has studied community development and water quality in Nicaragua and Tanzania and feels passionately about prioritizing the voice of communities in policy making.
Nicole and Callia are Ohio State's 13th and 14th Udall Scholars. To learn more about the Udall Foundation, visit udall.gov. Students interested in applying for the Udall Scholarship, or other national awards, should contact email@example.com.