Center for the Environment

Nominations open for the Ninth Annual Byron Fellowship

February 23, 2012

We request your assistance in nominating participants for our Ninth Annual Byron Fellowship, which will take place May 20 - 25 at Turkey Run State Park in Parke County, Indiana. Please take a moment to nominate a student participant for 2012 by responding to this message with the student’s contact information or by completing the nomination form on our website.


The Byron Fellowship is an interdisciplinary course in sustainable communities that uniquely engages participants through place-based learning. We are looking for 18 to 20 exceptional upper class undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates that have a passionate interest in creating sustainable communities.


During the five and a half day program, participants will learn from a collection of academic teachers and active practitioners. Participants and mentors represent a wide spectrum of disciplines including the arts, natural science, social science, engineering, and theology. The teaching methods include tutorial mentoring, collaborative discussion, team building, and individual reflection.


2011 mentors included: Ian Davis: United Nations and Lund University, Mary McConnell: Indiana Director, The Nature Conservancy, Jim Brainard: Mayor of Carmel, IN, and Harry Pickens: Special Assistant To The Provost For New Initiatives at University of Louisville.


More information is available at:


The student cost of the program is limited to a subsidized rate of $250, which includes food and lodging for the event. Need based scholarships are available.


Thanks to you, our 2004 - 2011 classes were exemplary. We rely on your support to identify new outstanding candidates to carry this tradition forward.


Thank you. We look forward to your nomination.


Gabriel B. Grant


Allyson Pumphrey

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