MSU NatSci student nominated for Udall Scholarship

  • Feb 25, 2016
  • Faculty & Staff, Students, EES

Hannah MacDonald

Hannah MacDonald

Hannah MacDonald, a sophomore majoring in environmental geosciences in the College of Natural Science is among four undergraduate students nominated by Michigan State University for the nationally competitive Udall Scholarship.

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment. Each year, the foundation awards up to $7,000 for educational expenses to 60 outstanding students in the United States.

MacDonald is from Alpena, Mich., and is a graduate of Alpena High School.

Also a member of the Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment (RISE), MacDonald currently interns at the Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory and has conducted sea turtle research in the Bahamas.

“I want to have a career in environmental education where I will be able to work out of an agency like National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and educate the public about research and environmental conservation,” MacDonald said.

MSU’s other Udall Scholarship nominees are Ashley Archer, a sophomore majoring in fisheries and wildlife in Lyman Briggs College; Eamon Devlin, a junior majoring in environmental studies and sustainability and fisheries and wildlife in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; and Alec Manaia, a junior majoring in sociology in the College of Social Science. MacDonald, Archer and Manaia are also Honors College students.

MSU has produced 11 Udall Scholars.