Sarah Rizk (BS '08) was named the 2008 Whitley Scholar for her research and outreach efforts in reducing Stanford's carbon footprint, as well as that of the local community. Sarah is currently working at the Environmental Protection Agency after spending a year at the Global Footprint Network.
Sarah received her BS in Earth Systems with a focus in energy use and energy efficiency. She also received a minor in Biology. While at Stanford, she participated in Stanford@SEA, where she researched the effects of ocean acidification on sea urchins in the equatorial pacific. She also studied the biological effects of circulation patterns near the Davidson Seamount with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. In addition, Sarah spent her time volunteering at Acterra, where she conducted energy audits and surveys as part of their Green@Home project. Additionally, she designed and led a student-initiated course entitled "Reducing Stanford's Carbon Footprint." A primary goal of the course was to provide students with simple, cost-effective ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Sarah also spent time abroad studying spanish at the Menendez Pelayo Universidad in Barcelona, Spain. As well, Sarah was a prolific writer for "The Stanford Daily" newspaper, in which she published 22 stories.
While at Stanford, Sarah acted as a peer mentor for incoming freshman, to whom she provided guidance on academics and cultural adjustments. She was also a Student Advisor for the Earth Systems Program, where she acted a faculty liaison, planned program functions, and advised students. Sarah served as a "Carbon Squad" group leader for Students for a Sustainable Stanford, where she worked to reduce Stanford's carbon footprint.
Sarah's other awards and honors include the Dean's Award for Undergraduate Academic Achievement.