Senior Awards

Each year the environmental studies faculty honor graduating seniors they feel have embodied the mission of the program and contributed to campus and community sustainability.

Outstanding Senior in Environmental Studies

This award is given to a graduating Environmental Studies major who has demonstrated excellence in scholarship throughout his or her time at Illinois Wesleyan, and who has made significant contributions to the field of Environmental Studies or the promotion of sustainability. The contributions for which the student is recognized may be research contributions or service to the Environmental Studies program, the campus, or the broader community. The student must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Past Recipients:

  • 2021 - Emily Schirmacher, Leah Bieniak
  • 2020 - Tera Wilson
  • 2019 - Maria Wipfler
  • 2018 - Ojaswee Shrestha
  • 2017 - Christopher Crown
  • 2016 - Rebecca Fiedler
  • 2015 - Brittany Brady
  • 2014 - Genevieve Alexander
  • 2013 - Elizabeth Kuehn
  • 2012 – Courtney Luensman, Hannah Williams
  • 2011 – Anna Groves

Excellence in Advancing Environmental Sustainability

This award is given to a graduating Environmental Studies major who has distinguished him or herself by advancing environmental knowledge and promoting sustainability through direct action within the community. The student may have engaged in educational outreach, research, or service work on campus or within the local community. The student is expected to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Past Recipients:

  • 2021 - Refugio Moreno
  • 2020 - Janna Fitzgerald, Hannah Horn
  • 2019 - Katherine Henebry
  • 2018 - Jacob Morris
  • 2017 - Savannah Feher
  • 2016 - Kirsten Slaughter, Nicole Chlebek
  • 2015 - Amy Seter
  • 2014 - Carolyn Ashley
  • 2013 - Joseph Daniels, Megan George, Daniel Kenny, Jenny Long
  • 2011 - Emmy Grace


NOTE: If you are an IWU Environmental Studies alumnus, let us know what you're up to! Feel free to contact our ES Student Assistant Emily Schirmacher at what some other ES alumni are up to here.