Undergraduate GW Sustainability Scholars Award
Congratulations to the 2019 class of GW Sustainability Scholars:
Through the generous support of both Wepa and the Division of GW Libraries and Academic Innovation, and in partnership with SustainableGW, GW's Sustainability Scholars Awards give promising undergraduates the opportunity to engage in a well-defined research project under the guidance of a GW faculty member in their chosen fields of study.
Five students were selected for GW's first cohort of Sustainabilty Scholars. The students, faculty mentors, and their projects are:
Yoon Sil Choi, Major: Civil Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Danmeng Shuai, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project: "Development of a Solar Photocatalytic Reactor for Sustainable Water Purification"
Recognizing that solar-energy-enabled photocatalysis is an advanced, yet sustainable oxidation process for water treatment, this project seeks to find an optimal design using graphitic carbon nitride as a photocatalyst for contaminent removal and disinfection.
Claire Franco, Majors: International Affairs and Geography
Faculty Mentor: Robert Orttung, Elliott School of International Affairs
Project: "Approaches to Addressing Food Insecurity Across Arctic Cities"
Given that Arctic cities typically rely on long supply chains for their food consumption, this project inquires into how best can these communities marshal their resources to ensure that their citizens have access to sufficient food supplies.
Kethelyn Papp, Major: International Affairs
Faculty Mentor: Maria de la Fuente, Romance, German, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Project: "Decarbonization of Chile"
As Chile strives to meet its obligations under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, this project seeks to investigate how Chile can achieve its intended national determined contribution by reducing its carbon emissions while still maintaining its energy security.
Adele Queener, Major: Anthropology, Minor: Sustainability
Faculty Mentor: Hartmut Doebel, Biological Sciences
Project: "Biodiversity Survey of George Washington's Native Pollinators"
This proposed study seeks to characterize the diversity of pollinator populations of specific plant communities around the campus of George Washington University, as the university plants to re-landscape its green spaces, specifically G Street Park, and re-plant native plant species.
Sarah Zarsky, Major: Psychology, Minor: Organizational Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Tara Behrend, Organziational Sciences
Project: Workplace Tracking's Role in Sustainability
This project asks how employees are electronically monitored to encourage green behaviors and how such monitoring affects performance and workplace cultures.
Background on the Sustainability Scholars Award
Through the generous support of both Wepa and the Division of GW Libraries and Academic Innovation, and in partnership with SustainableGW, the Sustainability Research Fellowships give promising undergraduates the opportunity to engage in a well-defined research project under the guidance of a GW faculty member in their chosen fields of study. Five research fellowships are available in this award cycle. Research experiences not only provide challenges and depth to students' education, but they also strengthen their applications for nationally competitive fellowships and for graduate and professional schools.
All research projects must be undertaken with ongoing input and direction from the faculty mentor. It is expected that the student and mentor will discuss their expectations regarding the time commitments of both parties, scope of research, and anticipated results (e.g., papers, presentations, performances, etc.) and arrive at a mutually agreeable understanding.
Proposed research projects must address GW’s vision for sustainability to create resource systems that are healthy and thriving for all, and may include research related to:
social issues that can be applied to sustainable development such as human welfare, social equity issues or social / organizational / behavioral change;
economic issues that can be applied to sustainable development;
the interconnection of world resources and the human condition from a long-term perspective;
policy and communications issues that can be applied to sustainable development.