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CALS student Megs Seeley receives Udall Scholarship

Megs Seeley is among 60 college students nationwide named recipients of the 2016 Udall Scholarships in recognition of their commitment to environmental issues. Photo by Jeff Miller.
Megs Seeley is among 60 college students nationwide named recipients of the 2016 Udall Scholarships in recognition of their commitment to environmental issues. Photo by Jeff Miller.

Megs Seeley, a CALS junior studying forest science and botany, has been named a 2016 Udall Scholar. The honor is given in recognition of leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to the environment or issues in American Indian communities.

Seeley is among 60 college students nationwide – including fellow UW-Madison undergrad Miles Tryon-Petith – selected for the scholarship, which is awarded to college sophomores and juniors by the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. The awards are worth up to $7,000 each.

Seeley, who studies forest science and botany, recently received a Holstrom Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship to work with geography professor Jack Williams studying pre-settlement landscapes in the upper Midwest. She has spent more than two years studying soil carbon sequestration and microbiology within the biogeochemistry lab of Erika Marín-Spiotta, associate professor of geography. She has been active in campus groups including the Forestry Club and Hoofers Mountaineering and is a Wilderness First Responder for the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Read the full UW-Madison news release at: http://news.wisc.edu/two-uw-madison-students-receive-udall-scholarship/#sthash.VjIFV0bS.dpuf

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