The University of Georgia added two new Udall Scholars to its ranks this year, including Terry College of Business undergraduate Shreya Ganeshan.
Ganeshan and third-year student Elizabeth Wilkes were honored for their leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to the environment.
Each year, the Udall Foundation awards about 60 scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for their efforts related to Native American nations or their work in environmental advocacy and policy.
Ganeshan, from Johns Creek, is majoring in economics and statistics and plans to pursue a doctorate in clean energy innovation and deployment. She is an Honors students and Foundation Fellow.
“The University of Georgia congratulates our students for this significant accomplishment,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “The experiences they have gained through research and internships have prepared them, like other UGA students before them, to compete at the highest levels.”
Ganeshan is a campus tour guide through the UGA Visitors Center, executive director of the Roosevelt Institute at UGA, director of UGAvotes, adviser for the Lunchbox Garden Project and an emerging fellow for energy and environment for Roosevelt Institute national. She was a research assistant on the UGA geography department’s Seattle Project and on a Leiden University aquaculture project in the Netherlands, a Vinson Institute policy fellow, an energy intern for the UGA Office of Sustainability and an Honors in Washington intern at the State Department’s Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change.
She has been involved in the Energy Concept at UGA, RefUGA, the Student Government Association and Palladia Women’s and Dean William Tate honor societies. She has presented posters at the Stanford University Clean Energy Awards, the Harvard University Research Conference and the Environmental Protection Agency Symposium. Since high school, Ganeshan has been a South Indian classical music vocalist and performer.
After graduation, Ganeshan plans to study how weather-related disasters strain local and national infrastructure and plans to develop financial models for clean energy.
Wilkes, from Atlanta, is majoring in geography and ecology and plans to pursue a master’s degree in either food policy or agricultural and environmental studies. She is an Honors students and Foundation Fellow.
The Udall Scholarship provides up to $7,000 for eligible academic expenses and includes a four-day orientation in Tucson, Arizona, and access to the Udall Alumni Network, an extensive group of environmental and tribal leaders and public servants.