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April 5, 2005
Contact: Sue Lorenz, KU Honors Program, (785) 864-4225.

3 KU students win Udall scholarships, 2 more win honorable mention awards


LAWRENCE -- Three University of Kansas juniors were among 80 students selected nationally for $5,000 Morris K. Udall scholarships, and two more KU juniors received honorable mention awards of $350 each. The scholarships are offered to students planning careers in fields related to the environment and for Native American and Alaska Natives seeking careers in fields related to health care or tribal policy.

No other university had as many students win this year. Four University of Montana students received scholarships. KU's three scholarships and two honorable mentions was the highest number of total awards in this year's Udall competition. One KU Udall scholar, Trisha Shrum, Olathe junior, won the scholarship for the second consecutive year.

KU's Udall scholars are Laura M. Adams of Topeka, Andrew Harrington of Olathe and Shrum of Olathe. KU's honorable mention recipients are Rebecca Evanhoe of Derby and Catherine E. Kollhoff of Beloit.

Nominees must be college sophomores or juniors, demonstrate outstanding potential and be studying the environment and related fields, or nominees must be Native American or Alaska Native college sophomores or juniors, demonstrate outstanding potential and be studying in fields related to health care or tribal public policy. Two-year and four-year institutions may nominate a total of six students from either or both categories. Scholars selected during their sophomore year may be renominated during the next year's competition.

Udall Foundation officials report that about 25 sophomores reapply for a scholarship and about half those reapplying receive a second scholarship. This year less than half those reapplying received a second scholarship.

Chancellor Robert Hemenway: "I am happy to congratulate our Udall scholars and honorable mention recipients. Theirs is an impressive record and example of the high level of excellence among our students at KU and across the state. I think these students would agree that beyond their hard work lies a network of support and encouragement provided by their teachers, their families and their friends. I extend my congratulations to all who have helped these five students achieve this national honor."

Since the first Udall scholarships were awarded in 1996, 14 have been awarded to 13 KU students.

Congress established the scholarship program in 1992 to honor Congressman Udall and his legacy of public service. The Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation in Tucson, Ariz., administers the program.

KU Udall scholars for 2005-06 are:

Laura M. Adams, majoring in civil and environmental engineering, wants to earn a master's degree in ecological engineering. She plans a career focused on water conservation and reclamation and would like to design innovative systems that will mimic the natural ecosystem for water conservation and reclamation. Eventually she hopes to return to her family's farm in Overbrook, begin a design group and focus on water resources in community development. At KU, Adams works with David Graham, KU associate professor of engineering and architectural engineering, and an interdisciplinary group to study responses of aquatic life to estrodiol, a component of hormone replacement therapy, and to atrazine, a herbicide. She is also researching the Eastern Red Cedar with Craig Martin, KU professor of botany. She received an undergraduate research award to analyze industrial and human impacts on the Upper Arkansas River basin. She is the daughter of Clay W. and Patricia Adams of Topeka and is a graduate of Topeka High School.

Andrew J. Harrington, majoring in architectural engineering, plans to pursue a master's degree in architecture. Harrington is planning a career that will allow him to help redesign and rebuild communities and structures to reduce energy waste and reliance on fossil fuels. One of his goals is to orient structures around public transportation to promote better use of pedestrian spaces. He has worked with energy analyses in internships at Burns & McDonnell and with Viron Energy Services and has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity since high school. He was a high school exchange student for a year at Wilhelm-Gymnasium in Braunschweig, Germany, where he participated in Okoskouts (Eco-Scouts), a nonprofit organization committed to testing and promoting natural materials for home construction. He is the son of Thomas and Kimberly Harrington of Olathe and is a graduate of Olathe East High School.

Trisha R. Shrum, majoring in both environmental studies and biology with a minor in economics, also won a Udall scholarship in 2004. She plans to earn a graduate degree in environmental economics and policy. Her long-range goals include working as an environmental policy analyst and economist. During spring 2005, Shrum is working on an ecological research project on forest regeneration in Costa Rica through the Organization for Tropical Studies at Duke University. Her research thesis is focused on the economic benefits of land conservation from ecotourism revenues, bioprospecting and biodiversity, particularly in Latin America. She works as a lab assistant for the Kansas Biological Survey, based at KU. Shrum, a National Merit scholar, is the daughter of Ron and Sue Shrum of Olathe and is a graduate of Olathe South High School.

Honorable mention Udall recipients for 2005-06 are:

Rebecca Evanhoe, majoring in chemistry and in journalism, plans to seek either a doctorate in the philosophy of science or a master's degree in creative writing. Her career goal is to work as a science writer for a national publication. In fall 2003, Evanhoe worked as a science writer intern with KU's PRISM (Polar Radar for Ice Sheet Measurement). She has also worked as an undergraduate research assistant with Val Smith, professor of biological sciences, and has researched the phosphorus content of water samples with a J. Michael Young Undergraduate Research Award grant for her chemistry honors project. She has presented her research at the regional meeting of the American Chemical Society, KU's undergraduate research symposium and the KU chemistry department's Research in Progress symposium. Evanhoe has also been a field crew worker at the Nelson Environmental Study Area at KU, recording data on soil and grass samples. As a sophomore, she planted bald cypress saplings in Louisiana as a participant in KU's Alternative Winter Break program. She is a National Merit scholar. She is the daughter of Charles A. and Deborah Evanhoe and Barbara Evanhoe and Gary Kroeker, all of Derby, and is a graduate of Derby High School.

Catherine E. Kollhoff, majoring in chemical engineering and in Spanish, plans to earn a doctorate in chemical engineering. She plans a career focused on zero-emissions in industry using the principles of green engineering to create or improve environmentally benign processes that will be economically viable and adaptable to current technology. She has worked as an intern with the City of Lawrence recycling division and as a calculus tutor. She has worked with Bala Subramanian, director of KU's Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis and professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, to evaluate the viability of replacing hazardous catalysts in a refining process. Kollhoff received a Dane G. Hansen Scholarship for top students from northwestern Kansas and a Watkins-Berger scholarship for the top women freshmen entering KU. She is the daughter of Michael Kollhoff and Susan Kollhoff, both of Beloit, and is a graduate of St. Johns High School in Beloit.

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