April 13, 2018
Four ASU sophomores, including three in the School of Sustainability, will embark on an eight-week, two-summer journey to learn the ins and outs of sustainability research. As participants in the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, they will spend eight weeks this summer with other students and faculty at one of four field locations learning how to conduct research.
Danielle Vermeer will be living and researching in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she will develop a model that can interpret different decisions and their outcomes in an interactive role playing simulation game. Elyse Kats will spend this summer at Northern Arizona University and various field locations throughout Arizona and Utah, like the Grand Canyon studying environmental conservation and policy, particularly water and land rights. Kelly Baker says she will work to bring together many different facets of activism and showcase that conservation does not only stand by the protection of land and ecosystems but also varying groups of people that have diverse backgrounds.
Next summer, these brilliant young minds will apply what they have learned to gain eight weeks of experience in an internship. In addition, they also will attend career development workshops each January and virtual mentoring meetings every month.