Six students from Virginia’s Louisa County High School traveled to Professor Kathleen Alexander’s research site in Botswana this past summer, where they learned about animal and public health research and were mentored by Virginia Tech undergraduate students.
Udall Scholarships are awarded annually to students who demonstrate exceptional leadership, a dedication to public service, and a commitment to environmental issues, particularly as they relate to Native American communities.
The study, in collaboration with Auburn University, West Virginia University, and the University of Maine, will examine the collection of branches, tops, and other residue materials to determine how to make them an economically viable resource.
A group of researchers, led by Quinn Thomas, associate professor in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech, received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to tackle environmental challenges with the creation of a new network.
Associate Professor Jason Holliday will work with the American Chestnut Foundation to research methods for utilizing genetic diversity as part of broader efforts to introduce disease-resistant American chestnuts to U.S. forests.