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Alison Rau '04 First Bowdoin Student to Win Udall Scholarship

Story posted April 28, 2003

Alison Rau '04 has become the first Bowdoin College student to win a Udall Scholarship. Rau is among 80 juniors and seniors across the country to receive this national undergraduate scholarship of $5,000.

Rau, of Burlington, Conn., is an environmental studies and economics major, with a minor in Asian studies. She plans to pursue a career in environmental policy after earning a master's of environmental management degree and a law degree.

While at Bowdoin, Rau has worked as a part-time satellite researcher for the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. She has researched state policies on climate change, specifically involving Iowa wind farms.

Rau studied for a semester in Kenya, where she took courses on wildlife ecology and management, and environmental policy. She worked on a research project that investigated and analyzed what sustainable development enterprises might be appropriate for two communally owned sites outside Nairobi National Park.

She has also worked with the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, the state's leading land trust organization, where she examined the land for Maine's future program. Her senior honors project will involve comparing public land conservation policies and programs in different states across the country, then comparing the best state programs in the U.S. with the best international land protection programs.

Rau also founded the Bowdoin College debate team during her first year at the College. The club is now thriving, and has participated in debates at Harvard, Yale, Smith, Wellesley, Boston University, Princeton, and McGill University.

The Morris K. Udall Foundation was established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to honor Morris King Udall's 30 years of service in the House of Representatives. Udall's career was distinguished by civility, integrity, and consensus, as well as a commitment to preservation of the nation's natural environment.

Consistent with these values, the Udall Foundation is committed to educating a new generation of Americans to preserve and protect their national heritage through studies in the environment, Native American health and tribal policy, and effective public policy conflict resolution.

Bowdoin was well represented among the Udall awardees this year.

Meg Boyle '05 is among just 30 students to receive honorable mention.

Boyle, of Glen Aubrey, N.Y., is a biology and environmental studies major with a minor in English. Among her activities, she has worked to organize a student-led, politically active coalition that will take on major environmental issues at the state and regional level. She is helping to coordinate a New England student environmental conference planned for the fall at Bowdoin.

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