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
Claire Huang MEM'22
Claire Huang is a Master of Environmental Management student studying Coastal Environmental Management. Before coming to Duke, she was a Science Fellow at Earthjustice with the Sustainable Food & Farming and Healthy Communities programs. She worked on litigation and policy at both the federal and state level, on issues such as CAFO pollution, endangered species listings, and regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). At Duke and beyond, she is interested in leveraging her training as a scientist and advocate to develop climate change-adaptive policies for sustainable fisheries and marine habitat conservation. Outside of her coursework, Claire is involved with the Ocean Policy Working Group and the Coastal Society. She is also a project consultant for WomenNC through Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators. Claire received her B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science from Columbia University (CC '17).
Aislinn McLaughlin MEM'22
Aislinn McLaughlin is currently pursuing a Master of Environmental Management degree with a concentration in Water Resources Management. She is passionate about ensuring equitable access to water for everyone. Her research with Dr. Lauren Patterson focuses on water affordability and water utility customer assistance programs. Aislinn is a board member of the Duke Water Network and a Policy Editor for the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum. Prior to enrolling at the Nicholas School, Aislinn worked as a process improvement analyst at Gusto and as an investment associate on a natural resources portfolio. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College in 2014.
Chelsea sloggy MEM/mba'22
Chelsea is a third-year Master of Environmental Management and MBA dual-degree candidate pursuing the Certificate in Community-Based Environmental Management (CBEM). Prior to attending Duke, Chelsea worked in environmental education and community outreach at various local government and non-profit organizations. Chelsea's interests include business strategy for environmental and social impact, sustainable urban development, and community-driven conservation. Outside of her coursework at Duke, Chelsea is a Building Outdoor Leaders at Duke (BOLD) Fellow; founded the student group for Environmental Communication, Outreach, and Education (ECOE); and serves as the MBA Association VP of Service and Sustainability at Fuqua. Chelsea graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology in 2016. Chelsea plans to pursue a career in the field of consulting post-graduation.
Amrita Sood MEM ‘22
Amrita Sood is a second-year Master of Environmental Management student focused on environmental economics and policy with a keen interest in the energy sector. At Duke, Amrita studies climate and energy economics to work towards the decarbonization of our economy. She is the Co-Director of the Student Council and is also a leader of the Nicholas School Energy Club. She is currently a research assistant at Duke Carbon Offset, working towards helping Duke achieve carbon neutrality goals by 2024. Before the Nicholas School, Amrita completed her Bachelors in Environmental Studies at Soka University of America, where she worked in the environmental microbiology laboratory. She has completed internships at The Energy and Resources Institute in India, working on energy and resource efficiency projects in South Asia. Amrita is also passionate about the intersectionality of environmental justice and climate change.
Former Alumni Council Fellows
Hui Chien Tan
Jessica (Jess) Siegel
Leslie Cakey Worthington
John Paul Miller
Terah Elizabeth Donovan