Congratulations to graduating seniors Elizabeth Lee (Program on the Environment) and Essac Mazengia (Environmental and Forest Sciences), both awarded the President’s Medal in the 2021 University of Washington Awards of Excellence.

Each year, UW President Ana Marie Cauce presents two medals to the graduating seniors who have achieved the most distinguished academic records at the University: one medal to a student who has completed at least three-fourths of his or her degree requirements at the University of Washington, and one medal to a student who entered the University with at least 60 transfer credits from a Washington community college.

Elizabeth Lee, 2021 UW President's Medalist
Elizabeth Lee, 2021 UW President’s Medalist

Elizabeth Lee, Environmental Studies

Even before transferring from Everett Community College, Elizabeth had the UW in her sights when she participated in an ocean research program that took her aboard the R/V Rachel Carson. At the UW, she continued to pursue her passion for oceanography, as well as exploring a breadth of Indigenous history through the Burke Museum, and seeking out unique and diverse opportunities to learn and explore as part of her Husky Experience. After graduation, she plans to attend the UW School of Law and to pursue a career advocating for justice.

Esaac Mazengia, 2021 UW President's Medalist
Esaac Mazengia, 2021 UW President’s Medalist

Essac Mazengia, Environmental Science & Terrestrial Resource Management

Esaac arrived at the UW eager to immerse himself in environmental studies, and as an undergraduate he explored widely, from local landscapes to Costa Rica. As part of the Interdisciplinary Honors program, he developed his talents for collaboration, creativity and holistic thinking. Throughout his Husky Experience, he has sought and seized countless opportunities to learn, grow and lead. After graduation, he plans to serve in AmeriCorps in the National Park Service and to continue his study of equity and diversity in environmental policy.

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