Alumni Council Fellows
Each year, the Alumni Council awards fellowships to continuing professional degree students (first year and/or concurrent degree) who demonstrate exemplary leadership, career and professional development preparation, and character. On behalf of the Alumni Council, The Office of Development and Alumni Relations (ODAR) awards fellowships in the amount of $7,500 to each fellowship recipient.
The Alumni Council Fellows help to connect Nicholas School students and alumni in meaningful ways – most notably with their work on the Alumni-Student Mentorship Program.
Eligibility & Selection Process
- Applicants must be enrolled at the Nicholas School pursuing a professional degree as a continuing first year and/or concurrent degree student.
- Applicants must be in good academic standing.
- Past Alumni Council Fellowship award recipients are not eligible.
- All continuing students are notified by email of the open application period in January of each year.
- Applications are reviewed by the award committee after the application deadline. The award committee is comprised of Nicholas School alumni, staff, students, and Alumni Council members.
- Once applications have been reviewed, students (at the discretion of the award committee) are selected for interviews to determine fellowship awardees.
- As applicable, students are notified of their status during each stage of the selection process.
Current Alumni Council Fellows
Rachel Landman MEM'21
Rachel is a Master of Environmental Management student focused on water quality and water resource management. At Duke, Rachel studies the water-energy nexus in Avner Vengosh’s lab and is a leader of the Duke Water Network and the Environmental Justice Network. Prior to the Nicholas School, Rachel worked in STEM education and as a legislative assistant focused on environmental and foreign policy, and received her B.A. in Biology from Hamilton College. Rachel hopes to use her experience to work with researchers and policy makers to ensure equal access to natural resources, specifically clean water. Rachel is committed to facilitating community building between Nicholas School alumni and current students.
Shannon Parker MEM/MBA'21
Shannon is a third year Masters of Environmental Management and MBA dual-degree candidate. Shannon’s passions lie at the intersection of operational efficiency and responsible business. Prior to her dual-degree, Shannon worked in global pharmaceutical operations where she found a love for the change management context of operations, but decided she wanted to pivot into a cause she was more personally aligned with; sustainable business. Ultimately, her goal is to lead companies in developing ethical, efficient, and environmentally sustainable supply chains in the future. Outside of her coursework she is involved in the President’s Sustainability Committee, Building Outdoor Leaders at Duke, and planning the SBSI conference through Net Impact. She is also the Co-Founder of Carbon Insights, a financial technology firm that helps companies translate spending behavior into carbon impact. Shannon formerly graduated with a double-major in Behavioral Biology and Psychology from Johns Hopkins University (’15).
Hui Chien Tan MEM’21, MF’21
Hui Chien Tan is a second-year* master student, pursuing a dual degree in Master of Environmental Management (Energy & Environment) and Master of Forestry. Prior to attending Duke, Chien worked in the environmental consulting sector for almost three years. She was an environmental regulatory consultant at Tetra Tech, where she managed Greenhouse Gas accounting for automobile clients. She then transitioned to working at CTI & Associates Inc, a geotechnical and environmental consulting firm, where she oversaw emission reports for municipal landfill clients and participated in proposal writing for the US Air Force to increase grid resiliency via landfill gas generation. Hoping to make a more significant impact in the clean energy sector and promote sustainable forest management, she applied to Duke to gain the relevant academic training. Chien is interested in developing innovative ideas to offset carbon footprints for different sectors using her combined academic training in the energy and forestry sector. Chien is the Co-President of SAGA (Student Association for Geospatial Analysis) and excited to help expand the existing student-alumni network. Chien graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2016 with a double major in Geology and Ecology.
*Hui Chien Tan will be graduating December 2020.
Lianna Gomori-Rueben MEM ‘21
Lianna Gomori-Ruben is a Master of Environmental Management candidate with a concentration in environmental economics and policy. Her research focuses on the political economy of agroecology. Before coming to Duke, Lianna was a founding teacher of two middle schools: the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School and the Evergreen Middle School for Urban Exploration. Lianna brought her enthusiasm for gardening education to the classroom, which she developed over years spent working in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Children’s Garden. At Duke, Lianna is the co-president of the Working Group for the Environment and Latin America as well as a research assistant at the World Food Policy Center. She is committed to structuring communities in which people and nature thrive together.
Former Alumni Council Fellows
Jessica (Jess) Siegel
Leslie Cakey Worthington
John Paul Miller
Terah Elizabeth Donovan