Brian Conlon, a senior, is one of fifty students nationwide who have been awarded the Udall Scholarship, which recognizes students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. Conlon, who is majoring in honors environmental studies and German, will receive up to $5,000 from the Udall Foundation and will travel to Tucson, Arizona, in August to receive his award and meet policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, Native American health care, and governance.
Conlon, of Johnson City, Tennessee, is a co-president of Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville (SPEAK). He is involved in SPEAK’s campaign for bottle deposit recycling legislation in Tennessee and environmentally responsible investment of UT’s endowment. At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Conlon performed research on climate change adaptation and the US Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program. Conlon intends to pursue a higher degree in environmental policy research renewable energy after doing research abroad.
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