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  • 1.  2019 GSS cohort

    Posted 02-04-2019 15:05
    Edited by Maria Fernanda Enriquez Szentkiralyi 02-05-2019 11:41

    February 5, 2019

    The Global Sustainability Scholars Program (GSS) is excited to announce the members of the initial cohort of undergraduate students. The program was open for sophomore (second-year) students from all over the United States that are interested in a variety of disciplines related to sustainability.

    This prestigious, three-year summer experiential learning opportunity fosters professional development within a new generation of scientists who represent the diversity of today's society.  The program is laser focused on transdisciplinary sustainability science and innovation.

    This inaugural cohort will focus on urban sustainability at the intersection of food, energy and water needs, and will travel during the summer to Seattle, Washington; Bristol, United Kingdom; and, Berlin, Germany, among other locations. Scholars will work with five of the fifteen Belmont funded Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative projects.  Furthermore, the paid summer experience will build life-long, international networks of peers for the GSS scholars.

    We received close to 70 applications, and we selected seven students. The following outstanding applicants are the members of the 2019 Cohort:

    Applicant Name

    Institution Name

    Field of Study

    Kashia Caljesuseso

    Fort Lewis College

    Environmental Studies

    Epongue Ekille

    Yale University

    Environmental Studies/Policy

    Anthony Erebor

    University of Michigan

    Urban Planning

    Mayra Carmen Ona

    Florida International University

    Environmental Studies/Agricultural

    Vanessa Villanueva

    University of Hawaii at Manoa

    Global Environmental Science

    Mya Wells

    Howard University


    Alena Zhang

    Columbia University in NYC

    Double-major in Sustainable Development and Creative Writing

    We would also like to recognize 8 students that all presented exceptionally strong applications, but, due to our student limit, we were unable to accept. Honorable mention go to the following students:

    Lian Huang

    University of Hawaii at Manoa

    Aiden Kamber

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Marisa I. Matho

    The University of San Francisco

    Jissell Muir

    Florida International University

    Marwa Osman

    University of Colorado Boulder

    Khalil Russell

    The College of William and Mary

    Greta M. Wilkening

    Lawrence University

    Melissa Webb

    University of California, Berkeley

    This program is made possible by National Science Foundation Funding and through close collaboration with Future Earth. Our program is based at the University of Colorado Boulder. This collaboration enables GSS cohorts to work with Future Earth and Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action (CRA) Project Teams on a common set of core sustainability research challenges.
    George Mason University has partnered with GSS to support two Mason students that will join the inaugural cohort.

    Maria Fernanda Enriquez S.