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Student Research Award Spotlight Archive

Environmental Studies Major Jessica Johnson

As the latest recipient of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2011 Greater Research Opportunity Fellowship, environmental studies major Jessica Johnson will have a rare chance to study alongside some of the most knowledgeable environmental scientists in the United States.


Jessica Johnson

Johnson, a junior from Silver Spring, MD became interested in environmental issues while attending Montgomery Blair high School, where she joined the Student Conservation Association. Additionally, she volunteered with the U.S. Forest Service and the Maryland Park Service and continued her service after high school as an AmeriCorps member. Environmental classes at SU sparked Johnson’s interest in conservation policy and the EPA’s role in maintaining safe ecosystems.

“I’m hoping my experience with the EPA will teach me to do field work and give me more of a hands-on idea of how our actions impact the natural balance of the world,” said Johnson.

Following graduation, she hopes to join the Peace Corps before attending graduate school, eventually working for the EPA or U.S. Forest Service.

Only 30 of these awards are given each year, worth $42,700 each. The fellowships provide students with college funding for their junior and senior years, as well as paid internships at EPA facilities during the summer between those years.  Johnson is the third environmental studies major at SU to receive the honor of this prestigious award. 

USARA Award Recipients

  • Jamison Douglas ($500) Viewing Localized Deforestation Trends in the Brazilian Amazon Through the Lens of an Econometricia 

  • Courtney Loftus ($500) The Effects on Performance Bracelets in Strength, Power, Endurance, Flexibility, and Balance in Collegiate Athletes

  • Bradley Macpherson ($464.00) Gas station morphology on Virginia’s Eastern Shore

  • Kelly Meehan ($500) Synthesis and Reactivity of a Model Complex for Alpha-Ketoglutarate-Dependent Mononuclear Nonheme Iron (II) Halogenase Enzyme 

  • Anjoli Elizabeth Rowe ($500) The Effectiveness of Applied Behavioral Analysis on Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder 

  • Alex Sens ($500) Intramolecular Cyclization Reactions Induced by Nucleophillic Addition Creating 1, 3-dihydroisobenzofurans

  • Alexandra Yanus ($500) The Design and Synthesis of a New Type of Ligand containing both Cp and A-frame Functionalities

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Emily Thorpe & Jonné Woodard

As recipients of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 Greater Research Opportunity fellowships, environmental studies majors Emily Thorpe and Jonné Woodard will have the rare opportunity to study alongside some of the most knowledgeable environmental scientists in the United States.

Emily Thorpe

Thorpe, a junior from Glenn Dale, MD, became interested in environmentalism while growing up near the Chesapeake Bay. She is a member of SU’s Outdoor Club and an advisor for the University’s “green” Living-Learning Community. Thorpe spent last summer studying tropical conservation in Costa Rica. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue her interests in wetlands protection, sea level rise and the impact of development on waterways.

Woodard

Woodard, a junior from Bowie, MD was inspired by elementary school field trips to animal research centers. She is currently conducting undergraduate research with the University’s Bacterial Source Tracking Laboratory. Woodard hopes to attend Johns Hopkins University, where she wants to pursue a Master of Public Health. Her research interests include the contaminating effects of household products such as cleaning supplies on people, animals and the environment. Woodard hopes her experience with the EPA will help her decide what environmental career path to choose.

As environmental studies majors, these two remarkable students are pursuing their plans of study across multiple disciplines, including the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. Both students credited their classes and professors at SU with helping to fuel their passion for the environment and affirming their dedication to working in this field.

Only 30 of these awards are given each year, worth $42,700 each. The fellowships provide students with college funding for their junior and senior years, as well as paid internships at EPA facilities during the summer between those years.