Henry at the Russell Glacier in Greeland
Jill Rennicke, Alumni Coordinator

Congratulations to Henry Henson for his recent award. Read the article below from the St. Olaf College News.

Henson was chosen from a field of 5,000 applicants from across the country to each receive one of the 496 Goldwater Scholarships worth up to $7,500.

The Goldwater Scholarships are awarded each year to students who have shown significant achievement and potential in the fields of mathematics, science, and engineering. Since 1995, 35 St. Olaf students have received the prestigious award.

Henson is majoring in biology and environmental studies, with concentrations in statistics and data science. Last summer he participated in St. Olaf’s Collaborate Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) program, where he worked with Assistant Professor of Physics and Environmental Studies Anne Gothmann on a project that used Mongolian alkaline lake sediments to study uranium partitioning. He later presented his research at the American Geophysical Union meeting in Washington, D.C. Henson continued his research alongside Gothmann this academic year as part of St. Olaf’s Directed Undergraduate Research program, where he engineered an automated experimental system for culturing aquatic organisms.

This summer Henson is conducting research with a program called the Polaris Project, which focuses on fighting the effects of climate change in the Arctic. This experience will involve a research expedition to the Y-K delta in Alaska in order to take samples of permafrost, which he will then analyze.

Henson has taken his interests in environmental studies abroad for two different semesters during his time at St. Olaf. During his sophomore year he participated in St. Olaf’s Environmental Science Semester in New Zealand and Australia, where he spent the semester learning about the ecosystems of each country, the environmental stewardship of indigenous populations, and the modern policies that surround environmental science. Last semester he studied global climate change in Denmark with a class that focused on glacial ice cores, which included a hands-on experience in Greenland.

When on campus, Henson is similarly immersed in a plethora of outdoor activities, including working to preserve the St. Olaf Natural Lands as a student naturalist, working at the St. Olaf climbing wall, serving on the Northfield Climate Action Plan Advisory Board, and working with Manitou Maple — a student group that taps the maple trees in the Natural Lands and makes syrup out of the sap. Henson is also a member of the St. Olaf Chapel Choir.

Article and photo from St. Olaf College News

https://wp.stolaf.edu/news/two-st-olaf-students-awarded-goldwater-scholarships