Michigan State University sophomore earns nationally competitive award

May 2, 2016

Ashley Archer, a Michigan State University Honors College sophomore majoring in fisheries and wildlife in Lyman Briggs College, has earned the nationally competitive Udall Scholarship.

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The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment. Each year, the foundation awards up to $5,000 for educational expenses to students in the United States.

Archer is one of 80 students selected across the United States and the 12th Udall Scholar from MSU.

Hannah MacDonald, an Honors College sophomore majoring in environmental geosciences in the College of Natural Science, received an honorable mention.

The National and International Fellowships and Scholarships (NIFS) Office, administered by the Honors College, helps interested undergraduate and graduate students to pursue major national and international opportunities by providing information and direct support throughout the competitive application processes.

Archer is from Howell, Michigan and a graduate of Brighton High School.

“My career goal is to research and implement effective natural resource management techniques, to ensure the longevity and sustainability for future generations of all people,” Archer said.

Archer has interned for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service in Wisconsin and is a member of the MSU Fisheries and Wildlife Club.

“Ashley is interested in merging her science education with an eye toward learning how public policy decisions are made regarding our natural resources, particularly as it concerns how indigenous people are incorporated into those discussions,” said Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean of the Honors College. “She will find a community of individuals with similar interests as a Udall Scholar. We congratulate her on earning this prestigious award.”