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Dear ESS Friends,

What a year 2017/18 has been! We are over the moon proud of the accomplishments of our students. Besides our Rhodes Scholar, Sean Reilly, ESS had a Fulbright Hat Trick! Three – yes three – of our students applied for and received Fulbrights: Marisa Rudolph to Ghana, Erika Francks to Lesotho, and Lauren Cloward to Burkina Faso. We also had success with the highly competitive Udall Fellowship. Of our four departmental applicants, James Wang received the grant and Efren Oxlaj Tambito received an Honorable Mention. Our soon-to-be graduates have many exciting plans for next year. To relieve the anxiety of parents who wonder what Environmental Studies and Sciences majors might do after graduation, we’ve asked our students to highlight their plans. From graduate school to working abroad, ESS students are making their mark in the world.

While we are so happy for our students, it is with mixed feelings that we say goodbye to John Farnsworth and Joanna Ahlum. John will be sailing to an island off the coast of Washington, writing his next book. Joanna is relocating to Wyoming where she will be teaching for the Teton Science Schools. Good luck to both of you—you will be missed!

Finally, a big thank you to those of you who donated during the Day of Giving or throughout the year. Your donations make a big difference for our students. This year alone, we were able to send one student to the American Geological Union conference in New Orleans. We are currently planning to use $3000 from our gift fund to match stipends for student internships. Many students work for non-profits that are not able to pay interns. As we grow our gift fund, we are hoping to increase the amount we allocate to student internships.

I know I can say from all of our ESS faculty and staff, it is a pleasure and an honor to teach such motivated, inspiring, and fun students!

Leslie Gray
Department Chair
Environmental Studies and Sciences

Faculty Student Collaboration
Mapping Health Scholars Genevieve Clow and Martin Perez analyze high-volume traffic counts near schools in the ESS GIS lab.

ESS and Public Health Collaborate on Mapping Health

Faculty and students in the Environmental Studies and Sciences and Public Health Science collaborate to trace health problems to their source using Geographic Information Systems.

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Current Students
Anand Purohit

Class of 2018

See where our graduates will take the Bronco spirit throughout the world.

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Marisa Rudolph

Marisa Rudolph '18 Wins Fulbright Award

She will spend her time conducting research in Ghana into how private agricultural extension fosters the public good, especially for women.

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James Wang Updated

James Wang Receives a Udall Scholarship

James Wang is one of 50 students nationwide honored with a Udall scholarship.

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Efren Oxlaj Tambito a Udall Honorable mention

Efren Oxlaj Tambito was awarded an honorable mention from the Udall Scholarship committee.

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Lauren Cloward

Lauren Cloward '16 Wins Fulbright Award

Lauren will travel to Burkina Faso to do research in two communities on how access to water, different coping strategies, and local institutions affect agricultural decisions, food and water security, and vulnerability.

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Erika Francks

Erika Francks '17 Wins Fulbright Award

Erika will travel to Lesotho to develop a pilot program to test the viability of offering business training and infrastructure to rural solar microgrid customers.

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Faculty Updates

Joanna Ahlum is leaving SCU

Good luck in Wyoming!

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John Farnsworth is Retiring

Another fond farewell!

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Santa Clara University
Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences
500 El Camino Real
Phone: 408-551-7086