The Udall Foundation has selected two Indian American students, Malavika Rajeev of the University of Georgia and Sita M. Syal of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, from among the 80 students from 70 colleges and universities named 2012 Udall Scholars.
This highly qualified class of Udall Scholars was selected from 585 candidates nominated by 274 colleges and universities. Sixty-eight scholars intend to pursue careers related to the environment.
This past summer, Rajeev received an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellowship to work with Prof. Vanessa Ezenwa at the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya studying disease in the livestock populations within the area, as they are closely linked to not only the human populations, but also the wildlife.
Last year, Syal, a freshman chemical engineering major, presented her research on sustainable options to reuse incinerated municipal solid waste ash at the Michigan Undergraduate Research Forum.
She has since received a UM College of Engineering Scholarship of Honor and received a second place MLibrary Undergraduate Research Award in addition to being a research assistant in the UM Department of Chemical Engineering.
Each scholarship provides up to $5000 for the scholar’s junior or senior year.
The 2012 Udall Scholars will assemble Aug. 8 to 12 in Tucson, Ariz., to receive their awards and meet policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care, and governance.