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Reed student Christina Athena Aktipis, a junior psychology major, has been awarded a Morris K. Udall scholarship. Of a pool of 517 nominees, Aktipis was one of 80 winners of this prestigious, competitive $5,000 scholarship. The award, created by the Morris K. Udall Foundation of Tucson, Arizona, is designed to assist undergraduates who are dedicated to preserving the environment.

Christina Athena Aktipis, who is from Elmhurst, Illinois, is interested in applying psychology, economics, and biology to study the cognitive mechanisms behind decision-making about the environment. She will analyze situations where investments produce future benefits. She hopes to learn how and why people weigh future payoffs, and consider the implications of her results for public policy.

The Morris K. Udall Foundation was established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 as a branch agency to honor Morris King Udall's 30 years of service in the House of Representatives. Udall was committed to preserving the environment, improving Native American tribal policy, and enacting campaign reform. Consistent with these values, the purpose of the Morris K. Udall Foundation is to educate a new generation of Americans through funding of undergraduate scholarships, congressional internships, Ph.D. dissertation fellowships, the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, and the University of Arizona's Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy.

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