Carson Scholars Spring 2024 Recap

April 22, 2024
Carson Scholar Jennifer Byram (second from left) talking to audience after her public talk

Carson Scholar Jennifer Byram (second from left) engaging with audience members after her public environment talk at the Tumamoc Hill Boathouse, March 2024

2023-2024 Cohort

The 2023-2024 cohort of Carson Scholars consists of 14 UArizona graduate students with a wide range of identities, ages, and experiences. The academic makeup of this cohort includes:

  • 1 JD student, 2 MFA students, 11 Ph.D students
  • Students from the following colleges and disciplines:
    • College of Science
    • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • College of Law
    • College of Engineering
    • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    • College of Fine Arts

Carson Scholars in Action

In Spring 2024, these 14 scholars engaged with the community throughout the semester to learn from experts in the community and educate the public in a variety of ways including:

  • Presenting Environment Talks
    • Two talks at the Tumamoc Hill boathouse featuring three scholars each
    • Five scholars presented to the Carson community and potential donors in April
    • Several scholars participated in public outreach events such as the Tucson Festival of Books and SEES Earth Week
    • All scholars presented their elevator speeches at their April graduation
  • Writing essays for
    • Scholars have continued working with their faculty and peer mentors throughout the Spring semester to write their articles to be published on We should expect to see these published soon!
  • Attending workshops with community experts including
    • Dr. Diana Liverman
    • Dr. Faith Kearns
    • Faculty mentors Hea-Ream Lee and Dr. Rachel Gallery


Thanks to the following supporters, we were able to provide $2,500 to each scholar to support their research, education, and living expenses:

  • Agnese Nelmes Haury Foundation
  • Dupree Family Foundation
  • Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation
  • Private donors
  • University of Arizona
    • Graduate College
    • College of Science Galileo Circle
    • College of Engineering
    • College of Social and Behavioral Science
    • Arizona Institute for Resilience

The Carson Scholars Program is funded by the generosity of organizations and individuals who care about training students for successful futures in environmental communication. To learn more about donating to the Carson Scholars Program, please visit our Donor Website


On April 15th, we welcomed 15 new Carson Scholars to the 2024-2025 cohort. Keep an eye on our website and the AIR Events Calendar to catch these scholars in action starting next Fall!


Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation

College of Engineering 

College of Science Galileo Circle

Graduate College

Arizona Institute for Resilience

Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment & Social Justice

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences