Biology Major a Finalist for Truman Scholarship
February 28, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Bridget Wall, a junior biology major at Illinois Wesleyan from
Maplewood, Minn., is a finalist for the prestigious Truman Scholarship. The scholarship
recognizes college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed
to careers in government, the non-profit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere
in the public service.
Wall will interview in Minneapolis on March 5, competing against other finalists from
her home region. Nationally, 75 winners will be selected from 200 finalists representing
129 institutions across the United States. Including Wall, Illinois Wesleyan has generated
four student finalists for the award in the past five years: Jordan Ault '04, J.R.
Glenn '05, and Amy Buenning '05. Buenning won the scholarship in 2004.
Wall has worked closely with Biology Professor and Chair Given Harper in toxicology
research at Illinois Wesleyan, currently examining the pesticide content in the eggs
of a species of sparrow. She hopes in her future work to combine her research interests
with environmental advocacy, a combination in which she considers Harper an inspiration.
"There can be chain reactions that are catalyzed by people like Dr. Harper, who is
talking to students and really being a visible force for, 'This is what's right. This
is what I can do and therefore I'm doing it, and how can I help you do it?'" Wall
said. "(He) understands the issues and is willing to be an advocate to students in
a person-to-person, very grassroots way, and he advocates on the policy-making scale."
Wall said her passion for the environment was instilled while she was young, through
involvement with Camp Fire USA. And she has made an ongoing effort to be involved
in the greater community while at Illinois Wesleyan.
Wall is a member of the Tri Beta biology honors society, a biology tutor, a member
of the Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Horn Ensemble and Brass Quintet,
and was a founding member of the campus chapter of the Feminist Majority Leadership
Alliance. She is involved with the Sierra Student Coalition, and has volunteered as
a tutor at Bloomington High School and as a Spanish translator at Fairview Hospital
Contact: Ann Aubry, (309) 556-3181