On December 4, 2016, University of Arizona Superfund Research Program (UA SRP) trainee Denise Moreno Ramírez, along with ten other graduate students, will become inducted into the Carson Scholar Program. This program was named after Rachel Carson who was an American conservationist credited with spreading the environmental movement. The Carson Scholar Program provides outstanding University of Arizona (UA) graduate students with a $5,000 scholarship for interdisciplinary research and communication. It is supported by the UA Institute of the Environment, Biosphere 2, UA Renewable Energy Network, Agnese Nelms Haury Foundation, and private donors. The mission of the program is to prepare future environmental science leaders in interdisciplinary environmental scholarship, problem-solving, and science communication. Moreno Ramírez will be involved in a year-long program where she will receive mentoring by UA faculty, obtain training in science communication, provide community presentations about her research, and complete a science communication piece that will impact a broader audience. “I’m honored to have been selected as a Carson Scholar. I am looking forward to the different skills that I will gain and the multidisciplinary UA faculty that will mentor me,” said Moreno Ramírez. Her co-advisors Dr. Raina Maier and Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta state, “This is an excellent opportunity for her to network across campus and gain a new set of communication skills. It is a noteworthy program and I am incredibly proud of Ms. Moreno Ramírez for being selected as a 2016 Carson Scholar”.
UA SRP congratulates Moreno Ramírez on this honor!