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Spring 2009

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Wyss Scholars

The Wyss Scholars Program has selected Carrie Cultra and Jessica Gist, students pursuing master’s degrees in environmental sciences and policy, as the 2009 Wyss Scholars for conservation of the American West and as part of a new generation of leaders on Western land conservation issues.

Cultra’s research focuses on rangeland conservation and integrating social and ecological issues associated with cattle grazing and land stewardship, while Gist hopes to use this opportunity to work with the policy and management for the reintroduction of Mexican wolves to the Southwest.

The Wyss program provides scholarships for master’s degree students pursuing careers in land conservation and management in the Intermountain West. Both Cultra and Gist will receive about $30,000, with the program paying for half of their tuition and providing a $5,000 summer internship so they can continue their work throughout the year.

For information about the Wyss Scholars Program, visit

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Doris Duke Scholars

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation selected Lauren Mork, Christopher Ray, and Kelley Meinhardt as recipients of its 2009 Conservation Fellowships. The honor targets them as future conservation leaders, offering tuition funding, a paid internship and collaborative opportunities with other researchers. The award totals approximately $21,000.

The students are part of NAU’s graduate Environmental Sciences and Policy program, a curriculum offering interdisciplinary experiences linking natural and social sciences. The foundation chose a total of 42 students from eight environmental sciences and policy programs throughout the United States, including NAU, Yale, Duke, Cornell and the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

“It is a wonderful opportunity for our fellows to work with top students from across the nation,” said Tom Sisk, professor and director of graduate programs for NAU’s Center for Sustainable Environments.

For information about the program and the Doris Duke Conservation Fellowships, contact Sisk at

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ARCS Scholars

Seven NAU doctoral students were awarded Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) scholarships of $7,000 each for the 2009-10 academic year. Veer Bala Chaudhary, Rebecca Colman, Thomas Seth Davis, Jennifer Ginther, Elizabeth Kalies, Valerie Kurth, and Camille Naaktgeboren can use the funds for field work, lab analyses, travel, equipment and reference work purchases, and otherwise unaffordable aspects of their research.

The ARCS Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1958 in Los Angeles, California in response to the launch of the first satellite in space, the Russian Sputnik. This monumental accomplishment was compelling evidence of America’s need to support the education of its scientists to become competitive in technological fields.

A graduate student applying for the ARCS scholarship must have a high scholastic record; proven ability in natural science, medicine or engineering; and be a citizen of the United States. Applications are accepted for the Phoenix chapter each December. If interested, contact the NAU Graduate College next fall for an application form.

See an overview of the NAU ARCS Scholars' research.