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May 21, 2014

Emily Crossette ’15 Receives Udall Scholarship for Environmental Research

Civil engineering major Emily Crossette ’15 (Glenside, Pa.) has been awarded a Udall Scholarship recognizing her research on possible contaminants released by wastewater treatment plants.

Emily Crossette '15

Emily Crossette ’15

Presented to 50 students from 47 colleges and universities, the scholarship is given to recipients on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, Native American healthcare, or tribal public policy; leadership potential; academic achievement; and record of public service. Each scholarship provides up to $5,000 for the scholar’s junior or senior year.

The 2014 Udall Scholars will assemble Aug. 6-10 in Tucson, Ariz., to receive their awards and meet policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care, and governance.

Crossette previously received a $50,000 Environmental Protection Agency fellowship to continue her work developing an improved metric for quantifying compounds that may cause mutations in fish. The award provides tuition and research assistance on campus and will support her summer internship with the EPA, where she will continue her research.

Crossette was selected to participate in the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Posters on the Hill event April 28-29 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. She was one of 50 students in the nation to present her research to members of Congress, congressional staff, and representatives from federal agencies.

Her mentor, Art Kney, associate professor and head of civil and environmental engineering, co-developed the existing methodology for calculating the estrogenic compounds released by wastewater treatment plants. Crossette has been working through Lafayette’s EXCEL Scholars undergraduate research program to enhance the efficiency and accuracy of his test.

President of Lafayette’s Society of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (SEES), Crossette plans to attend graduate school for an advanced degree in civil and environmental engineering and hopes to devote her career to addressing global water issues.

See a list of recent Lafayette recipients of national and international scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and post-graduate study

For information on applying for scholarships and fellowships, contact Julia A. Goldberg, associate dean of the College, (610) 330-5521.

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