MSU NatSci student nominated for prestigious Marshall Scholarship

  • Oct 20, 2016
  • Faculty & Staff, Research, Students, Integrative Biology

An MSU College of Natural Science (NatSci) senior has been nominated for the highly competitive Marshall Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded by the Marshall Commission, which provides annual support to approximately 40 of the most outstanding undergraduates in the U.S. to study at any university in the United Kingdom.

Clara Lepard

Clara Lepard

Clara Lepard, a senior majoring in zoology in NatSci’s Department of Integrative Biology, is one of three MSU students nominated for the scholarship.

“Clara is one of our very best students and also a NatSci Dean’s Research Scholar,” said Mark Voit, NatSci associate dean of undergraduate studies. “She is not only an excellent scientist, but is also a terrific communicator who shares her excitement about science with passion and clarity.”

Lepard, who is also an Honors College student, is currently a research assistant working on the ecology of carnivores and their prey, and has worked in seven different laboratories on separate areas of zoology and wildlife management. She recently completed a study abroad program in Kenya focusing on the behavioral ecology of African mammals.

In addition, Lepard is a resident assistant in Mason Hall, secretary for the Mason Hall government and a sexual assault and relationship violence prevention peer educator at MSU.

Lepard is from East Lansing, Mich., and is a graduate of East Lansing High School.

“I have narrowed down those aspects of research I love the most, and am pursuing them with all that I have,” Lepard said. “It’s been a journey of constant self-reflection and growth, and it has all paid off as I look forward to my career.”

If Lepard receives the scholarship, she will join MSU’s 18 Marshall Scholars.

The other two MSU students nominated for the scholarship are Joel Arnold, a recent graduate with degrees in social relations and policy from the James Madison College and urban and regional planning from the College of Social Science; and Rebecca Carlson, an Honors College senior majoring in chemical engineering from the College of Engineering.