BOONE, N.C. — Sarah Ulrich, graduate student in the Appalachian State University Department of Geography and Planning, is the recipient of a $54,965 GeoHealth INTERN award from the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Geosciences.
Ulrich will collaborate with Dr. Maggie Sugg, associate professor in the Department of Geography and Planning, and Dr. Jennifer Runkle, environmental epidemiologist at North Carolina State University's North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies, to translate climate-health research into relevant policy as part of a climate-impact assessment for the state of North Carolina. The team will conduct the work throughout the Fall 2023 semester.
Ulrich, originally from Jamestown, earned her bachelor's degree in geography with minors in urban and regional planning and environmental justice from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ulrich joined the App State Department of Geography and Planning in August of 2022 to pursue her master's degree in geography with a concentration in planning. Her thesis, advised by Sugg, explores the impact of flooding on maternal mental health and the compounding effect of toxins during flood events. In the future, Ulrich hopes to pursue a career in academic research focused on the intersection of geography and environmental justice.
Congratulations, Sarah! To learn more about the Master of Arts in Geography program at App State, visit appstate.edu/academics/graduate/id/geography-ma.
About the Department of Geography and Planning
The Department of Geography and Planning promotes the understanding of the spatial dimensions of human behavior within the physical and cultural systems of the earth, and the role of planning in achieving improvement in those systems. The department offers degrees in geography and in community and regional planning. Learn more at https://geo.appstate.edu.
About Graduate Education at App State
Appalachian State University’s Williams School of Graduate Studies helps individuals reach the next level in their career advancement and preparedness. The school offers 80 graduate degree and certificate programs — both in person and online — in a range of disciplines, including doctoral programs in education (Ed.D.) and psychology (Psy.D.). The graduate school enrolls nearly 2,000 students. Learn more at https://graduate.appstate.edu.
By Lauren Andersen
July 14, 2023