Our department offers annual competitive scholarships for our majors. In addition, UMW offers generous financial support for student research. For information contact department chair Dr. Jodie Hayob.
Recent scholarship recipients
Environmental Science student awarded 2017-2018 Elsa von Muller Leidecker Scholarship
Congratulations to Anna Ruuskanen for being chosen by the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department as the as the 2017-2018 recipient of the Elsa Von Muller Leidecker Scholarship. This award is given annually to a rising senior Environmental Science major who has demonstrated excellence in academics, service, and research. Anna, pictured in Little River, Virginia, is passionate about ecology and conservation, and is working on a research project involving collection of freshwater vertebrates and invertebrates with Dr. Abbie Tomba. Anna and Dr. Tomba are attempting to identify the life cycle of trematode parasites, with the ultimate goal of determining how the interactions of the parasites and their hosts affect the Little River ecological community.
Last year’s recipient of the Leidecker scholarship, Thomas (TJ)Muratore (pictured at right), completed his Honors research on biogeochemical processes in wetland soils that control the distribution of a rare aquatic plant. Currently, TJ is a Master’s student at the University of Kentucky doing agricultural research on soil-crop interactions.
Another recent Leidecker scholarship awardee, Maura Slocum completed her Honors in Environmental Science project with Dr. Melanie Szulczewski on the ecological effects of acid mine drainage within a stream system in Louisa County, Virginia. Maura, who graduated from UMW in 2016, has entered the Peace Corps and is now serving in Senegal.