Architecture student receives Udall scholarship

News
April 20, 2011

Karen Chi Lin (B.Arch. '13) has been named as a recipient of the 2011 Morris K. Udall Scholarship for U.S. students with excellent academic records and an interest in careers in environmental public policy, health care, and tribal public policy. Lin has traveled to South Africa as project director of Cornell University Sustainable Design: Schoolhouse in South Africa. While there, she conducted post-occupancy analyses with photographic documentation and interviews for the project. She is editor-in-chief of its 200-page reference book, which features research on South African history, local building practices, surrounding community infrastructure and analyses, suitable low-tech and low-cost sustainable building technologies, and local building material recommendations. As a 2009 intern at an eco-resort in Bangladesh, Lin was responsible for designing and building a totally "green" banquet pavilion, its kitchen, bathroom, and all furniture and plumbing. The building has no power, water, or sewage hookups on site. She is also a freelance photographer and web designer and has done public relations for Cornell's AquaClara and for Big Red Relief efforts. Her career goal, she says, is to "pioneer a firm to lead a network of design firms ... to provide sustainable design for communities in need." This year, 80 scholars were selected from a pool of 510 applicants from 231 institutions. Andrew Schoen '12, who is pursuing a dual degree from the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Engineering, will also receive the award. Rachel Perlman '12, from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences was named as one of 50 students to receive honorable mention. The Udall scholars garnered awards up to $5,000 each. Since 1998, 31 Cornell students have won Udall scholarships.