Gillian Lui ’21 is among 20 students chosen as 2020 recipients of the prestigious Switzer Environmental Fellowship. Administered by the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, the fellowship provides a cash stipend and leadership training to support the career development and graduate studies of budding environmental leaders.
In 2020, the foundation awarded fellowships totaling $300,000. Fellowships are merit-based and rigorously competitive. The 2020 fellows join the nearly 700 Switzer Fellows working across the United States and around the world.
“I’m committed to fighting climate change, particularly through the lens of private sector engagement,” said Lui, co-leader of the Business and Environment Club and of the Wilderness Club and a 2020 Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow.
“Being able to pursue my work and scholarship with the support of the Switzer Foundation and its inspiring community of environmental professionals is an opportunity that I do not take for granted, especially at this moment when our lives can feel more isolated than ever,” Lui said.
Other Yale fellows include Yale Law School student Camila Bustos ’21 and Yale School of the Environment students Katie Pofahl ’21 and Ashley Stewart ’21.
The 2020 Switzer Fellows are focused on topics including environmental justice, climate change, public health, law, invasive species, sustainable transportation systems, clean drinking water, agroecology, marine science, business solutions to climate change, land conservation, urban planning, and air quality.
“I’m excited to collaborate with the Switzer network to develop interdisciplinary solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges and for the opportunity to continue Switzer’s decades-long legacy of driving positive environmental change,” Lui said.