2015 Fellows

Hear from the 2015 Fellows and see their final projects.

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Melinda Horne

Melinda was an International Sustainability Fellow who traveled to Chile in 2015. She is from Boise, Idaho, and majoring in Resource Conservation with a minor in Wilderness Studies. She says, "I am very glad I went to Patagonia with the College of Forestry, because it enabled me to learn much more about the ecology, tourism, and current issues of the area than if I had traveled alone. Being a fellow was super valuable because of the opportunity to reflect, process, and explore my study abroad experience."

View Melinda's Fellowship project: Biodiversity of Chilean Patagonia: How culture and ecosystems are mutually causative (pdf)

Melinda Horne

Boston Wakeham

Boston was an International Sustainability Fellow who traveled to Chile in 2015. He is from Waukee, Iowa, and is majoring in Parks, Tourism & Recreation Management and Resource Conservation with a minor in Ecological Restoration. He says, "The experience also has caused me to seriously consider graduate school so I can return to the area and study its progress and growth at such a unique point in its development."

View Boston's Fellowship project: Crowding: Controlling Growth in Patagonia (pdf)

Boston Wakeham

Emily Brine

Emily was an International Sustainability Fellow who traveled to Chile in 2015. She is from Olympia, Washington, and majoring in Parks, Tourism & Recreation Management and Resource Conservation with a minor in Music. She says, "The most valuable part of studying abroad for me was truly connecting with other people, not as American to Chilean but as human to human. That moment of coming together simply as people is why we study abroad. I will never forget that moment."

View Emily's Fellowship project: Models of Conservation in Chilean Patagonia (pdf)

Emily Brine

Kelsey McMullen

Kelsey was an International Sustainability Fellow who traveled to Chile in 2015. She is from Bremerton, Washington, and is majoring in Biology with minors in Wilderness Studies and Spanish. She says, "The Sustainable Tourism course in Patagonian Chile provided me with practical definitions and comparisons of what it means to be a traveler and a tourist through a foreign landscape."

View Kelsey's Fellowship project: Adventures and Sustainable Living in Patagonia, Chile (pdf)

Kelsey McMullen

Lauren Swett

Lauren was an International Sustainability Fellow who traveled to Chile in 2015. She is from Beaverton, Oregon, and is majoring in Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Management with minors in Spanish and Wilderness Studies. She says, "The greatest thing about studying abroad was putting myself outside of my comfort zone to gain experiences I never would have had otherwise. Being in a new culture and exploring my interests in an entirely new place helped me form my perspective of the world and its people and decide what I would like to do with my career."

View Lauren's Fellowship project: Ecotourism & Sustainability in Patagonia: Fundo San Lorenzo (pdf)

Lauren Swett

Blayne Metz

Blayne was was an International Sustainability Fellow who traveled to Vietnam in 2015. He is from Troy, Montana, and is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Climate Change Studies. He says, "The most valuable takeaway from my study abroad experience was how it allowed me to internalize the issue of global climate change through very close, personal interactions with individuals being affected the most."

View Blayne's Fellowship project: Contemporary Issues of Waste Management in Vietnam (pdf)

Blayne Metz

Samantha Cheney

Samantha was an International Sustainability Fellow who traveled to Vietnam in 2015. She is majoring in Journalism with a minor in Climate Change Studies. She says, "The best part of studying abroad for me was seeing how different everything was and experiencing different cultures from your own."

View Samantha's Fellowship project: Integrated Farming Systems in Vietnam (pdf)

Samantha Cheney

Hannah Tibke

Hannah was an International Sustainability Fellow who traveled to Vietnam in 2015. She's from Mandan, North Dakota, and is majoring in Wildlife Biology with a minor in Climate Change Studies. She says, "Being a fellow was rewarding because getting to come back, reflect and share what I learned in Vietnam put the trip into perspective for me."

View Hannah's Fellowship project: Rice and Sustainability in Vietnam (pdf)

Hannah Tibke