Graduate Fellowship Program Launches

IBE is excited to announce the launch of its new graduate fellowship program. This program is possible thanks to a seed grant from CSU’s Office of the Vice President for Research, which named IBE a Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence last year.IBE is excited to announce the launch of its new graduate fellowship program. This program is possible thanks to a seed grant from CSU’s Office of the Vice President for Research, which named IBE a Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence last year.

The goals of the program are to support graduate student success, prepare students for professional careers after graduation, and further IBE’s mission to advance the development of healthy, thriving built environments. Fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with IBE’s multidisciplinary staff and faculty across campus to create professional resources that translate academic research into actionable tools—be that a white paper, case study, educational resource, or policy brief.You can help IBE ensure that this new fellowship program sustains into the long-term by donating to the Brian Dunbar Future Leaders for Built Environments fund.

IBE welcomes four fellows to this program:

Emily Amedee
Graduate Fellow, Communication Studies

Emily Amedee is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communications and focuses on collaborative research and how communication methods can enhance or inhibit civic engagement. She currently works as the Assistant Director of Community Engagement for the One Health Institute, works closely with the Center for Public Deliberation, and is the Vice President of the One Health Club on campus. You might overhear her having conversations about how to enhance public communication, community problem-solving, and the role of higher education in the 21st century. Emily hails from Colorado and devotes as much time as possible to her writing, travel, and scholarship. When not trying to make the world more vibrant, she is chasing waves, gardening, finding magic in the mundane, and writing non-fiction.
At IBE, Emily will collaboratively develop a whitepaper about regenerative development practice.

Hazelle Tomlin
Graduate Fellow, Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting

Hazelle Tomlin is pursuing her Masters of Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting (MGMA) on a Fulbright Science and Innovation Award. She is a recent graduate of the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, who is interested in researching emissions mitigation through both better land use management and methods of carbon sequestration. In particular, she is interested in researching the management of anthropogenic emissions in existing built environments. Hazelle’s goal is to drive policy change foremissions mitigation actions. At IBE, Hazelle will will research emissions impacts in a new sustainable development project in Denver.

Rod Lammers
Graduate Fellow, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Rod Lammers is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He studies how rivers move and change over time and how humans alter natural river function. Rod is fascinated by streams in urban environments and wants to help better integrate these important natural features into cities and into the lives of the people who live there.
At IBE, Rod will research the impact of urbanization on stream quality in Denver’s National Western Center neighborhood.

Raina Benford
Graduate Fellow, Public Health

Raina Benford is a second-year Masters of Public Health Student with an interest in the intersections of public health and the built environment. She also has a passion for gerontology, particularly aging in place, and community resources for older adults. As a recent graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno, she is new to Fort Collins and loves the city’s passion for sustainability and transportation resources. In the future, Raina hopes to work to better the lives of older adults through both sustainability and public health initiatives. At IBE, Raina will collaborate on age-friendly housing research and initiatives.

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