Lester Scholarship Awardee 2017 - Areanna Sabine (C'18)

Please join the Department of Environmental Sciences in congratulating rising ENVS senior, Areanna Sabine, on her $5000 Lester Scholarship award.  The Lester Scholarship is awarded each year to a rising senior in ENVS  who not only demonstrates academic excellence, but who is a leader in the ENVS and Emory community.  Growing up in the Los Angeles area and traveling extensively, Areanna spent much of her childhood exploring the wonders of the natural world – trips to Churchill, Manitoba to see polar bears and swim with beluga whales and to San Ignacio, Baja California to see grey whales and ancient cave paintings. She found herself wondering how she might one day engage her love for the people and places she explored with science.

At Emory, Areanna has embraced opportunities for scholarship and leadership equally. A student in the ENVS 4+1 BS/MS, Areanna is working with Professor Uriel Kitron researching the Zika virus. In an interview earlier this year with Emory College, Dr. Kitron noted that, “At Emory, I have been fortunate to work with exceptional undergraduate researchers like Areanna Sabine. Originally from Los Angeles, she discovered her interest in natural systems at Emory College. This past summer, Areanna joined me in studying the Zika virus and how the dynamics of human migration, disease transmission, and access to health care affected a neighborhood in São Paulo, Brazil.” A founder of Women in STEM at Emory, a participant in Leadershape and a contributor to Emory’s WMRE, Areanna is shaping her Emory experience to reflect her interests in science, the natural world and people from all walks of life.

Again, please join us in congratulating Areanna. You can find her most Thursdays enjoying waffles here in ENVS!