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Five UW Students Receive Plummer Scholarships from Haub School

July 12, 2016
Meghann Cranford, Madeline Onstott, Anthony Mort, Jackie Carbert, and Amy Jacobs

Five University of Wyoming students won Plummer Interdisciplinary Achievement Scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year.

Each year, UW’s Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources makes the award available to UW students through a private endowment from Evelyn and Chiles Plummer. The scholarships celebrate academic performance and extracurricular merit, and support students who work across disciplinary boundaries to build lasting solutions to environmental and natural resource challenges.

Award amounts this year range from $500 to $2,500, and the students can apply the scholarships to their academic expenses at UW.

Scholarship winners this year are undergraduates Jackie Carbert, of Sheridan; Meghann Cranford, of Evanston; Madeline Onstott, of Casper; Anthony Mort, of Big Horn; and graduate student Amy Jacobs, of Laramie.

“These students really exhibit the best UW has to offer as far as their creativity; working on tough, real-world environmental challenges; and bringing together different perspectives in a collaborative fashion to find solutions,” says Doug Wachob, director of academic programs in the Haub School. “We’re excited to be able to recognize and celebrate their good work by awarding them Plummer Scholarships.”

Cranford is a senior double majoring in environment and natural resources, and energy resource management, with minors in sustainability and business. She is passionate about helping communities assess their resource and waste cycles and, as president of the UW Sustainability Club, is leading a “Zero Waste” movement on the UW campus.

Onstott is a senior double majoring in environment and natural resources, along with geology and earth sciences, and minoring in sustainability. She aims to earn a teaching certificate after she graduates next spring so that she can pass her educational experiences and scientific understanding of the natural world along to future generations.

Mort, a junior studying wildlife and fisheries biology and management, is an avid outdoorsman. His career interests include assessing the environmental impacts of mining and energy development, and reclamation to restore wildlife habitat and ecosystem services following energy development.

Carbert is a senior double majoring in environment and natural resources, and geography, with concentrations in natural resource management and geographic information systems (GIS), and a minor in journalism. She looks forward to applying her GIS and environmental problem-solving skills to land and resource management, including renewable energy development or disaster mitigation.

Jacobs is a master’s degree candidate in soil science, and environment and natural resources. She is researching restoration of fire-disturbed sagebrush from both a soil science and a policy perspective, and has experience conducting spatial analyses to better understand human disturbance and species recovery in various ecological systems.

“These five students demonstrate the skills in critical thinking, interdisciplinary approaches, collaborative decision making and application of sound science the Haub School values in future leaders,” says Emilene Ostlind, the Haub School’s communications coordinator.

Learn more about the Haub School and Plummer Scholarships at, or contact Ostlind at or (307) 766-2604.

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