Audrey Glendenning Named Wyss Scholar for Conservation in the American West
Graduate student Audrey Glendenning was recently named a Wyss Scholar for Conservation in the American West. The Wyss Scholars Program provides financial support for graduate-level students committed to careers in Western land conservation at land management agencies or nonprofits.
Audrey is a master’s student in the Resource Conservation program. Originally, from Germantown, Maryland, Audrey is interested in public lands policy. She is currently researching avenues for tribal involvement in wildlife refuge planning.
“I am so honored to be named a Wyss Scholar. I had my eye on the Wyss Scholars Program before I even applied to UM, so it feels great to achieve such a long-standing goal of mine,” Audrey said. “This fellowship means that I get to join a community of other Wyss Scholars who are all working toward a shared goal of conserving Western landscapes. I am excited to explore those connections and all of the other opportunities that come from this award!”
Audrey said she is also thankful for the support she’s received from her academic community, especially her advisor, Martin Nie.
After she earns her degree, Audrey plans to stay in the West and work at a nonprofit or land management agency where she can use her policy skills to advocate for the conservation of our public lands and amplify underrepresented perspectives on land management.