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Grace Anne Ingham


Outstanding Honors Student in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

This award was created to recognize the outstanding Honors student in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Criteria for selection include grade point average and academic program. Selection is made by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.


 

Major: Environmental Economics and Management
Minors: Ecology and Spanish
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin

Activities/Honors: Graduating summa cum laude with the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Scholar distinction, recipient of the Tillery Outstanding Honors Program Award, Outstanding Senior in Environmental Economics and Management, Presidential Scholar, member of the Blue Key Honors Society, Public Service and Outreach Student Scholar with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Honors Policy Scholar, CURO Honors Scholar, Group Fitness Instructor at Ramsey Student Center and Athens YMCA, volunteer coordinator at BikeAthens nonprofit, and president of the UGA Club Cycling Team

What I like most about the Honors Program: The Honors Program at UGA has been amazing about both supporting what I do and challenging me to reach higher. As a CURO Honors Scholar especially I was blown away by the commitment that the Honors Program has shown me in terms of funding travel for my research projects and making it possible for me to present my findings on quite a few big stages. When I'm doing research it's so important to me that whatever I discover is actually applied to solving real-world problems. The first step in making that a reality is sharing results with the scientific community, and the Honors Program made it possible for me to do that. I'd also be remiss if I didn't mention the wonderful friendships that came out of the Honors community, with people who I look forward to treasuring for a lifetime.

Why I chose my major: I started out as an ecology major because my focus has always been on climate change solutions. However, going into my Junior year I decided that I wanted to tackle the issue more from the policy perspective than the science side. My degree in Environmental Economics focuses on finding environmental protection solutions that are also financially reasonable. It's a very applied program where I have gotten great training in how to create a dialogue for realistic solutions.

Post-graduation plans: This summer I have been awarded a Science and Policy Research Fellowship at Clean Wisconsin, an NGO back home. I am incredibly excited to be working with them on implementing real-world solutions. My project is to work with Wisconsin farmers to install solar arrays on their marginal agricultural lands. It'll be a fantastic application of what I have learned about finding the middle ground between economic and environmental concerns. After that, I am heading back to UGA for a master's degree in Environmental Economics. I will also continue racing for UGA Club Cycling and Storage Squad Racing, an Athens-based cycling team.