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Undergraduate Sustainability Research Awards 2019 Winners Announced

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The UMass Amherst Libraries are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Undergraduate Sustainability Research Awards. The competition was open to all currently-enrolled UMass Amherst undergraduates.

The first place recipient, Justin Risley ’20, will receive a $1,500 scholarship for the video “Water We Doing?”

Two second place awards of a $750 scholarship each go to Halley Steinmetz ’19 for the paper “Analyzing the Effects of Coccolithophore Concentration on the Relationship Between Vertical Absorption Coefficient and Secchi Disk Depth,” and Nicole Comeau ’19 for the project “A Proposal to UMass Amherst for a Universal Electronic Time Reporting System.”

An honorable mention of a $300 scholarship goes to Skylar Roach ’21 for the paper “Opened Doors: The Women’s Land Army, the Northeast, and Farm Sustainability.” 

Winners presented their projects and accepted their awards at the Undergraduate Sustainability Research Awards celebration on Thursday, April 4, 2019, 5-7 p.m., in the Science and Engineering Library, Lederle Lowrise. The event was free and open to the public, and featured keynote speaker Abrah Dresdale, author of Regenerative Design for Change Makers: A Social Permaculture Guidebook.

Winning projects will be made openly accessible in the Sustainability Student Showcase in ScholarWorks, the university’s digital repository.

The awards promote an in-depth understanding of sustainability topics, research strategies, and the use of library resources, providing participating students with vital skills they will carry into future academic and vocational endeavors. The awards and event are made possible by the UMass Amherst Libraries’ national award-winning Sustainability Fund.