Willamette Student Receives Udall Scholarship

Willamette University student Evan Larson, a junior majoring in environmental sciences, has been awarded a Morris K. Udall Scholarship, which provides up to $5,000 to 75 undergraduates each year to study the environment and related fields.

A founding member of the Willamette chapter of Roots and Shoots, and a member of the Outdoors Club, Larson, of Milaca, Minn., plans to earn a master's degree in environmental education from the Audubon Expedition Institute. Last fall he volunteered with the Twenty-first Century Community Schoolhouse, a Salem charter school, teaching greater awareness of environmental issues. He is currently with the School for Field Studies in the British West Indies, researching sustainable harvest techniques for local fishermen.

A graduate of Milaca Public High School, Evan was captain of the football team and junior varsity wrestling captain. His home borders the 29,000 acre Rum River State Forest. With his family, Evan has worked with the Minnesota Forestry Service documenting poorly executed clear-cuts and helping create better environments for new forest growth.

This summer Evan will be co-teaching a forestry care-taking course with a Maine master guide, teaching loggers, foresters, and private landowners about environmentally friendly logging methods. He will also participate in the Science Collaborative Research Program, under the direction of Willamette Professor Karen Arabas, researching dendroecology and island biogeography.