Written by: Carly Donsbach
College Station, Texas- A grad student in the college received a prestigious award for making a difference in the lives of others.
Lindsay Sansom, a doctoral student in Ecosystem Science and Management, received the Susan M. Arseven ’75 Make-A-Difference Memorial Award in recognition of her academic perseverance in the face of daunting personal challenges. The award was established to encourage and provide financial assistance to women overcoming overwhelming circumstances to pursue advanced degrees in science and engineering fields.
Since starting her Ph.D. program, Sansom has adopted her niece and nephew, survived multiple surgeries and medical treatments for a late-state autoimmune disorder, while also caring for her disabled sister following major complications resulting from traumatic brain injury.
As a testament to her determination, Sansom continues to work two jobs on-campus, while maintaining a 3.96 GPA. Lindsay has never lost sight of her academic goals.
Her research is on track; she investigates the relationships between risk perception, trust, and willingness to cooperate over shared transboundary water resources along the Texas-Mexico border. She has successfully passed her comprehensive exams, defended her proposal, and is collecting final data in preparation for a December graduation.
Sansom was one of two women recognized for the award and was honored at the Susan M. Arseven ’75 Conference for Women in Science and Engineering on Feb. 24th at the Memorial Student Center.