Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

Meet Our Scholars

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Roxanne Main
Amherst College

Roxanne is a biology major and an Indigenous studies certificate holder at Amherst College. She is passionate about exploring the intersections between her Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) identity and environmental research. The issues of Ku Kia`i Mauna Kea and Red Hill have motivated her research into preserving the endemic plant `Ohi`a Lehua and cleaning bacterial-polluted streams. In the past two years, Roxanne studied Tribal burial rights and won a National Science Foundation grant to introduce Indigenous students to research. She plans to study abroad at the University of Auckland this fall to learn about Indigenous rights and intern with the United Nations on Tribal food sovereignty. Roxanne hopes to improve Indigenous rights through conservation.