Kai Scarangella '21

Kai Scarangella ’21 recently received a $500 Richard Morse Award from the Adirondack Research Consortium and Ecology and Environment (E&E).

Scarangella said, “The funds from the Morse Award will be used to support my graduate studies, which include pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental science. Earning my doctorate will help me achieve my goal of becoming the director of an environmental remediation and restoration research institute.”

Scarangella participated in Hamilton’s Program in the Adirondacks in fall 2018. She was nominated for the Morse award by the program’s general director Janelle Schwartz who wrote, “In her work with me, as well as in her choice to major in environmental studies with a double minor in chemistry and geosciences, her constructive club leadership, and her selfless volunteerism, Kai demonstrates a comprehensive commitment to environmental study, a strong and motivated research ethic, sincere collegiality, and the organization, drive and innovation of a student far beyond her undergraduate years.”

Scarangella is currently in Florida working on a 10-week NSF funded research project at Florida International University's CREST Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment. She is studying the distribution and dynamics of microplastics in Southeast Florida's mangrove forests.

E & E is a global environmental consulting firm that has worked on some of the most complex, high-profile projects in the world, helping clients address the leading environmental challenges of our time. Rick Morse was a valued member of the E & E family with deep experience in environmental policy, a strong commitment to building more resilient communities, and a special place in his heart for the Adirondack Region.

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