Congratulations to Matilyn Bindl and Unni Kurumbail, who were selected as the two early awardees of the 2020 EAP Student Scholarship. We are thrilled that both of them are now part of the EAP program and look forward to their involvement throughout the coming years.
The EAP Student Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Wes and Ankie Foell and awards $2,500 to incoming or current graduate students who choose to enroll in the EAP program in Spring or Summer 2020. In addition to these two early awardees, there will up to eight more EAP Student Scholarships awarded in September. If you — or someone you know — might be interested in joining this interdisciplinary graduate certificate program, please visit the EAP Student Scholarship page to learn how to apply for the program and this exciting scholarship opportunity. To be considered for this scholarship, please apply by September 5, 2020.
Matilyn Bindl is an MS student in the Nelson Institute’s Environment and Resources program, where she is excited to pursue her PhD in energy and climate policy under the guidance of Dr. Morgan Edwards of the La Follette School of Public Affairs. Matilyn graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2019 with her BS in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. During her undergraduate and post-baccalaureate career, she worked as a research assistant to Dr. Tracey Holloway at the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), where she explored solutions regarding air quality, climate, and public health. Matilyn also serves as the Program Coordinator for Science-A-Thon, an annual social media event that increases the visibility of science and creates opportunities for women and minorities in STEM.
Unni Kurumbail is a first-year graduate student in the Chemical & Biological Engineering department at UW-Madison. After graduating with a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 2018, he spent 18 months as a systems engineer outside of Boston, designing and installing control systems in the pharmaceutical industry. He has joined the EAP program out of a strong interest in combining his technical interests with a deeper understanding of the policy and economic considerations that make technological progress possible. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, exploring his local community, and sitting down for a discussion with anyone on politics.