CARLISLE, Pa. -- Izzy Smith of Groton, a senior at Dickinson College, has been selected as a Baird Sustainability Fellow for advancing sustainability goals on or beyond the Dickinson campus through excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.
Smith is one of 12 students selected for the prestigious program. Criteria include high academic achievement, attainment of advanced-level sustainability competencies and dispositions through academic work, and practice and evidence of a service project of exceptional impact related to sustainability.
Established in 2012, the Baird Fellowship Program is named in honor of Spencer Fullerton Baird, a Dickinson alumnus, class of 1840, who became the first curator of the Smithsonian National Museum and is regarded as one of the nation's leading naturalists of the 19th century.
Smith is a policy management major who is also pursuing a health studies certificate. She has held two internships in community-based hospitals in both administrative and human-resources roles. These internships exposed Smith to executive-level decision-making and have allowed her to experience policy change firsthand.
She has also worked on two extensive, community-based research projects -- one that examined patients' understanding of their roles in their health-care, and another that looked at workforce development in Carlisle, Pa.
Smith is a graduate of Groton-Dunstable Regional High School. She is the daughter of Craig Smith and Stefanie Lempp of Groton.