Lydia Jennings, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Environmental Science, was awarded four different fellowships during 2019! Jennings works with Dr. Raina Maier’s Environmental Microbiology Group, and her research aims to identify soil health biogeochemical indicators in order to make modern mining reclamation more effective and cost efficient.
First, Jennings was honored as a 2019 SRK scholar with SRK Consulting Inc., a mineral industry services consulting company. SRK established this scholarship program in the U.S. as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to furthering education within the mining industry and to support students undertaking graduate studies in related fields. These scholarships may also provide recipients with the opportunity to work alongside experienced SRK professionals during breaks in the academic year and to gain practical, hands-on experience.
Jennings was then awarded a 2019 Native Nations Institute Indigenous Data Sovereignty Doctoral Scholar. The Indigenous Data Sovereignty (IDSOV) and Governance research team was created the in 2015 with the goal to expand the diversity of Indigenous and allied voices that combine deep disciplinary knowledge with activism and advocacy for Indigenous data sovereignty and management. The group supports this goal via manuscripts, presentations and participation in discipline-based organizations, while supporting different ways of knowing to enhance the University’s ability to support and strengthen Indigenous governance practices. Jennings is co-authoring a paper on how environmental researchers can empower Indigenous Data Governance.
Jennings also received the 2019 Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SW CASC) Natural Resources Workforce Development Fellowship (NRWD), funded by the SW CASC and the University of Arizona Graduate College. This fellowship was developed to provide graduate students with opportunities for training and practice in developing use-inspired and actionable science to inform natural resource management decisions.
Last but not least, Jennings won the 2019 David A. Baker – Newmont Environmental: Mineral Development and Sustainability Fellowship. Newmont is the world’s leading gold company and a producer of copper, silver, zinc and lead.
Please join us congratulating Lydia Jennings for her success! We look forward to see what comes next in her journey!