Recipients of prestigious scholarships and fellowships. A United Nations climate conference youth representative. Researchers. Olympians. This March, St. Lawrence University marks Women’s History Month by honoring the extraordinary accomplishments of many of our woman-identifying students during the past year.
Born and raised in the North Country, Elise Pierson ’24 developed a passion to address climate change while still in high school. That same passion took her to Scotland this past November as a youth delegate for The Wild Center at the United Nations global climate conference. Conference of the Parties (COP26) and Conference of the Youth (COY16) brings together world leaders to discuss climate change solutions.
Nine Laurentians—eight of them women—represented countries around the globe at the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing this year. Competing in hockey, skeleton racing, and skiing, these extraordinary Laurentians—including members of the gold medal-winning Canadian Women’s Hockey Team—brought their leadership and athleticism to the world stage.
McNair Scholar Shiru Kimani '22 was selected for the prestigious U.S. Department of State Thomas Pickering Fellowship Program, which will help her prepare for a career as a foreign service officer. The fellowship, which only accepts 3.5% of applicants, will fully fund Shiru for a two-year masters program. Shiru credits St. Lawrence University programs such as the LINC Career Mentoring Program, the McNair Scholarship Program, and SLU Connect-DC with her success, and hopes someday to serve as a diplomat and to inspire future Laurentians.
Nordic skier Sydney Peterson ’24 was selected to represent Team USA at the 2022 Winter Paralympic Games in Beijing, where she claimed silver in the women's cross-country skiing 15km standing event. While this was not Sydney’s first international competition, it is her premier paralympic appearance.
Geology and anthropology double major Anuva Anannya ’22 brought her interest in geology and astronomy to her faculty advisor, Associate Professor and Chair of Geology Alexander Stewart. Stewart then connected Anuva with Helen Eifert ’18. With the support of the McNair Scholars Program, Anuva pursued her interest in planetary science by using remote-sensing on Mars to research the role of clay minerals in long-runout landslides under the guidance of Eifert and Stewart. Ultimately, Anuva presented her research poster at the Geological Society of America Conference in Portland, Ore., and received the Charles A. Mankin Best Poster award.
Art and art history major Sarath Novas '23 earned the selective Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. This scholarship is currently supporting Sarah's off-campus study experience in London, as she immerses herself in a city full of museums, galleries, and exhibits where she can deepen her understanding of Northern Renaissance art.
Alleigh Szabo ’24 arrived on campus in fall 2020 with a passion for research. After finding herself in two classes taught by Assistant Professor of Sociology Alanna Gillis, Alleigh soon began analyzing data alongside Gills as they researched hyflex teaching methods, identifying strategies that Gillis could implement for future classes. The duo went on to present their findings at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, the largest sociology conference in the field.