UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND — Junior Madelyn Hair from Boyertown, Pennsylvania, has been selected as a national Udall Scholar, which recognizes her commitment to the environment. Hair is UR’s first Udall scholar and was selected as one of 40 students from a large pool of candidates from across the country. 

Maddie Hair HeadshotHair, a biology major and environmental studies minor, will receive a $7,000 scholarship and membership into a network of scholars and alumni leading environmental efforts across the globe.

During her time at UR, Hair has researched red-back salamander population dynamics and migration; studied parasites in Ocean Surgeonfish while studying abroad in Turks and Caicos; and explored new methods of removing invasive plants from the James River Park in Richmond, Virginia.

“I’m grateful to be named a Udall Scholar, and I plan to continue working as hard as I have been to best use this opportunity and make concrete and positive environmental change,” said Hair.

“The Udall Scholarship is a huge honor that recognizes Maddie’s leadership, public service, and commitment to the environment,” said Kimberly Lewis, associate director of the Office of Scholars and Fellowships. “We could not be prouder of her. Maddie is certainly on track to make the world a better place.”

Hair plans to pursue a career in marine ecology and conservation, focusing on engagement of local communities to inform marine resource management. 

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Grateful for mentorship

“I'm very grateful for the resources at UR that made this possible, especially all of my advisors and mentors who have helped me immensely, including Kimberly Lewis, Emily Boone, Kristine Grayson, and Jessica Washington.”
-Madelyn Hair

More about Hair

  • Bonner Scholar placed at UR Downtown
  • Teaching Assistant in Coastal Ecology, Italian tutor, and Resident Advisor