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Press Release: DeSales Sophomore Receives Scholarship From Society of Women Environmental Professionals
Date: 4/11/2005

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DeSales Sophomore Receives Scholarship From Society of Women Environmental Professionals

Bobbiann Barnes, a sophomore majoring in environmental science at DeSales, received a $1,500 award and a membership in the Society of Women Environmental Professionals of Greater Philadelphia (SWEP), during a recent ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania. SWEP, a regional non-profit professional association of women involved or interested in environmental law, science, business, and policy, gives the award, now in its second year, to one undergraduate and graduate student annually.

Barnes applied for the scholarship award, at the recommendation of Dr. Joseph Colosi, associate professor in the natural science department at DeSales. According to Colosi, Barnes is the model of the kind of person who will become an effective leader in solving environmental problems.

The application consisted of a detailed resume, a letter of recommendation from a teacher, and also an essay about the future of environmental science. After her application was reviewed, Barnes was interviewed by a panel of three members of SWEP. Barnes, who is from Newark, Delaware, was chosen from several hundred applicants nationwide.

"I feel very honored to receive this award," said Barnes. "The membership in this professional society will allow me to network with women in the environmental field and to research job and internship opportunities."

The Philadelphia Chapter of SWEP serves as a resource for members in the Philadelphia region, providing opportunities for professional development through educational programming, social events, mentoring, and public service.

Barnes hopes to further her studies in graduate school. As part of her undergraduate studies, she plans to spend a semester abroad in Australia, where she will be studying at James Cook University and hopes to gain more hands-on experience in the field.

The environmental science and the environmental studies departments at DeSales University have been established for nine years. Presently, there are 10 students majoring in the area. The students have been involved in a wide range of internships with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection,Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Wildlands Conservancy, the New Jersey Fish and Game Commission, National Audubon Society, and several environmental testing laboratories.

Press Release: DeSales Sophomore Receives Scholarship From Society of Women Environmental Professionals | Posted on: 4/11/2005

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Tom McNamara, Executive D
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DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

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