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Featured Students of EUS

Featured Students of EUS

There is no typical EUS student--though each creatively and tenaciously pursues solutions to urban and environmental problems. 

Here are some examples of students currently pursuing their academic interests and passions through the Environmental and Urban Studies program.

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Student Scholarships Awards and Prizes

For more information on these and other scholarships, awards, and prizes available to EUS students, click HERE.

George I. Alden Scholarship
An endowed scholarship providing annual support to deserving students.

2015: Carl Amritt


Richard D. and Nancy M. Griffiths Scholarship
A scholarship established by longtime Director of Buildings and Grounds Dick Griffiths and his wife, Nancy, for a talented and deserving student who has shown a deep appreciation for the Bard campus and an interest in environmental matter.

2015: Carl Amritt


Alice P. Doyle Award in Environmental Studies
An award given annually to a student who shows outstanding potential in the field of environmental studies, particularly in exploring the social dimensions of environmental issues.

2015: John (Jackson) Rollings


Davis Projects for Peace Award
An award for a promising social justice project. This is a $10,000 award!

2015: Zoe Kasperzyk
2014: Lia Soorenian


Jane Emily Lytle and Almon W. Lytle II Senior Project Research Award
An award given to one or more seniors who have moderated in American studies, historical studies, or environmental and urban studies to provide support for Senior Project research, including travel, materials, books, and conference fees.

2015: Burton (Jack) Hanly
2015: Katherine Rose


Christopher Wise '92 Award in Environmental Studies and Human RIghts
An endowed award established in memory of Christopher James Wise '92, given through the generosity of his friends and family to support a student's internship in environmental studies and/or human rights.

2015: Xaver Kandler


Rachel Carson Prize
Honors the outstanding Senior Project in environmental and urban studies that reflects Carson's determination to promote biocentric sensibility.

2015: Elizabeth (Lizzy) Winig


Alice P. Doyle Prize in Environmental Studies
A prize given annually to a graduating senior whose Senior Project illuminates the social dimensions of environmental studies.

2015: Grace Dilberto


Hudsonia Prize
A prize awarded each year by Hudsonia Ltd. to a qualified and deserving student showing promise in the field of environmental studies.

2015: Melissa Guevara


Female Newcomer Award
Awards given to first-year student athletes who have had significant impacts on their athletics program.

2015: Hannah Conley


Male Newcomer Award
Awards given to first-year student athletes who have had significant impacts on their athletics program.

2015: Nick Shenberger


Graduating Student Athletes
Bard College wishes to acknowledge the following graduates for their participation in the athletics program. Their pursuit of physical as well as academic excellent demonstrates their commitment to a well-rounded education.

2015: Maia Gokhale


For more information on these and other scholarships, awards, and prizes available to EUS students, click HERE.

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Tom O'Dowd
Program Administrator

todowd@bard.edu

Environmental and Urban Studies Program
Bard College
PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504

Sophie D'Anieri

2017, Focus Area: Food systems and agriculture

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Sophie D'Anieri was inspired to major in EUS because she grew up spending a lot of time outdoors. Thus, it was only natural for her that upon coming to Bard, she would focus her studies on protecting the environment. She says, "my dad took me on camping trips all around the country, introducing me to the natural beauty around me. And, I grew up working in my mom's garden and developed a fascination in watching things grow. As I grew older, I learned more and more about how this world I grew up loving was in danger and choosing a major focusing on protecting and repairing something I had always cherished felt natural." While interested in the environment as a whole, she is particularly interested in food systems and agriculture. That is, how we can create a food system that is beneficial to human health and the health of the planet. With her EUS degree, she hopes to eventually do field work and immerse herself in education. This will enable her to teach people sustainable and healthy ways to grow food. "I want to work to get healthy food into areas that have little access and establish systems in order for those areas to better sustain themselves. I also see myself having and working on a farm throughout my life".

Xaver Kandler

2018, Intended focus area: Economics

Xaver Kandler
Xaver Kandler, class of 2018, decided to become an EUS student because he believes that the environment is an issue that directly affects everything we encounter. He says, “the way we interact with the natural world around us has and will affect all aspects of society. Learning about the environment and the social, ecological, and economic issues around it will be the way to change the foundations of how we act.” Due to the fact that EUS is an interdisciplinary major that combines science, history, and economics, Xaver utilizes it as a means of being educated in different areas, which allows him to further grasp how the environment plays into everything. In terms of what he wants to do with his degree in the future, he most definitely wants to pursue a career in an environmentally related field, though also incorporate economics into the mix. “Economics has the potential to motivate people to act sustainably by making the choice that is not only good for society but also good for the individual… the current economic paradigm is not sustainable or just. By studying economics, I can contribute to a branch of economics that isn’t negligent of the environment.” 

Isaac Lertola

2016, Focus Area: Policy

Isaac Lertola

Isaac's interests lie in policy surrounding food and fracking. He believes younger people should have more of a say in the way the American food system is shaped. Graduating from a rigorous two year environmental studies program in high school gave Isaac a clear picture of his career goals.  "But getting to those goals -- that's why I'm at Bard. Everyone should have the right to real food and good water. Food, water, soil, nitrogen, carbon systems: everything is linked. Having the scientific knowledge makes it easier to understand the larger picture but I'm looking forward to getting deeper into the issues and their interrelationships. Plus, I'm looking forward to working internships in the city."

Isaac has already worked with Charity Water in the past, presenting the political and environmental issues surrounding water to his classmates in high school and fundraising money for the charity. He has also worked in New Orleans, repairing and painting homes, where he learned first hand about the degradation of the wetlands,  the infrastructure of levies, and the energy costs of the city. Isaac hopes to pursue Bard Center for Environmental Policy's 3+2 program through which qualified Bard undergraduates can earn an M.S. in environmental policy or climate science in an accelerated period of time.