2014 Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Scholarship Nominees

Erica Erica Davis is a sophomore majoring in Sociology with a concentration in Environmental Issues. She is the President of Eco-Vols and actively participates in SPEAK and the Environment and Sustainability Student Services Committee. She is an intern for EnergyRight Solutions for Higher Education, in partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority and Willdan Energy, and she has engaged in several energy efficiency projects on campus through this program. In the future, she hopes to continue the research she has done regarding social values and the environment in Appalachian communities stricken by the mountaintop removal coal mining industry. (She also crochets sweaters for trees on Arbor Day.)

Kenna Kenna Rewcastle is a junior in the College Scholars and Haslam Scholars Programs, studying Ecotoxicology and Environmental Conservation. Kenna has pursued environmental activism through leadership positions in SPEAK (Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville) and the Roosevelt Institute, a student public policy think-tank. She is actively engaged in soil science and ecological research here at UT, working within UT’s Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, and has collaborated with Chinese graduate students at the Institute of Applied Ecology this past summer in Shenyang, China. Raised in Chattanooga, Kenna enjoys spending as much free time as possible in the mountains of East Tennessee. Kenna is currently spending the spring semester studying and mastering the art of commuting everywhere via bicycle in Copenhagen, Denmark. She plans to study ecology at the graduate level after taking some time to delve even deeper into studying conservation efforts and climate-change centered research, possibly in Sweden.

Rob Robert Nowell is a junior majoring in philosophy of science and medicine, with plans to attend medical school after graduating from UT. During his undergraduate years, Robert has served as the president of the University of Tennessee Philosophy Club, studied environmental ethics in Costa Rica, volunteered as a Spanish teacher in a slum of Guatemala City, and extensively pursued various research projects. He has published papers in epistemology and philosophy of free will. In his current project, Robert is working with John Nolt (Professor of Philosophy) to quantify the public health consequences of global climate change. Robert is presently studying and researching at Harvard College as a visiting undergraduate student.

Franco Franco D’Aprile is incorporating study in both the natural and social sciences as a sustainability major. Franco aspires to an international career in the United Nations and will complete a political science minor with a concentration in international relations to help him achieve this goal. In the Summer of 2013, Franco interned in Buenos Aires, Argentina, helping with on an ongoing environmental project the city is conducting. He has been working a couple research projects at UT with the department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in the last year.

Jessica Jessica Murphy is a junior majoring in Environmental Studies with minors in Business and German. She is currently studying abroad at the University of Bonn in Germany. When in Knoxville, she works at the Outdoor Program on campus as a trip leader and a bike mechanic. Her passions, besides the environment, are biking, reading, and baking pies. She aspires to see the Northern Lights, to become a naturalist in a National Park, and to one day live on her own self-sustained farm. Her favorite quote is, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.” -Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


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