2013 Scholar

Marika R. Nell
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Marika R. Nell
Marika Nell is a junior in environmental engineering who works fervently to advocate for campus sustainability and safe drinking water for people around the world. She is a leader in campus sustainability initiatives as the chair of the University of Illinois' Student Sustainability Committee. Through the Oglala Lakota water project and Engineers Without Borders, she works to improve the quality of rural drinking water in impoverished areas by designing filters and treatment systems. Inspired by her undergraduate research, Marika hopes to pursue a graduate degree in environmental engineering and to develop efficient water treatment technologies.

How can you describe a weekend of student leaders from across the U.S. with an intense passion to change the world? The Orientation was a phenomenal experience to meet and build connections that I'm sure will last a lifetime.

Emily Bacha, 2009 Udall Scholar


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