2014 Udall Scholars Selected

On May 1, 2014, the Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation will announce the selection of 50 sophomore- and junior-level scholars dedicated to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. Students who are selected will receive scholarships of up to $5000 and join a community of scholars whose dedication to sustainable public policy honors the legacy of the Arizona congressmen.

Honors and Undergraduate Research is proud to report that University Honors Student Victoria Easton ‘15 has been selected as a 2014 Udall Scholar. In addition to Easton, Texas A&M also nominated Kristen Koch ‘16 (environmental geosciences), who plans to pursue a career in environmental law and hopes to work for an organization such as the EPA remediating brownfields; Lázár Kish ’15 (physics) who plans a career in condensed matter physics to help reduce waste; Matthew McMahon ’15 (geology) who plans to be a materials scientist with a focus on green materials, such as clay polymer nanocomposites that can be used as biodegradable food packaging; and Alexandria Payne ’16 (bioenvironmental sciences) who plans a career in ecological restoration.

Victoria Easton '15, 2014 Udall Scholar
Victoria Easton ’15, 2014 Udall Scholar

Easton is a junior history and philosophy double major from Tomball, TX. In addition to participating in the University Honors Program, Liberal Arts Honors, and the Cornerstone Learning Community, Easton is an officer for FREE, an anti-trafficking organization, and is the founder and president of the American Indian Student Association. Easton is a National Merit Scholar and President’s Endowed Scholarship recipient, and has been awarded the History Undergraduate Scholarly Activities Grant to support her independent research.

Easton is studying historical notions of law, justice, and gender in Muscogee communities and plans to complete a senior thesis next spring. Easton recently accompanied her research mentor, Dr. Angela Pulley Hudson, to the annual historical symposium put on by the Muscogee Nation Office of Cultural Preservation where she had the honor of introducing Dr. Hudson. Easton plans to attend law school after graduation to prepare for a career advocating for human trafficking and domestic abuse victims.

Since 1996, Texas A&M has had six Udall Scholars and 2 Honorable Mentions. The most recent Udall Scholar was Brian Sedio ’06, who was selected for the honor two years in a row.

For more information about the Udall Scholarship see http://udall.gov.

To read more about how Honors and Undergraduate Research helps prepare outstanding students to compete for nationally-competitive awards such as the Udall Scholarship with the generous support of the Association of Former Students, please visit http://hur.tamu.edu/National-Fellowships.

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