EES Student Afton Hupper Recognized as the 2017 Outstanding Graduating Student in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture
Afton Hupper has been named an Outstanding Graduating Student in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture. Afton is an Honors student majoring in ecology and environmental sciences, with a concentration in sustainability, environmental policy and natural resource management, and a minor in sustainable food systems. Her many academic honors include a Boyle Associates Scholarship and a Stantec Consulting Scholarship. Hupper received Second Prize in the 2015 John M. Rezendes Ethics Essay Competition. She was a Sustainable Food Systems Research Collaborative Fellow in the Honors College, and interned with the Orono Economic Development Corporation and Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine. Hupper has been a research assistant on two projects: one studying the effects of epizootic shell disease on Maine’s lobster industry, and another studying cooperation buying clubs and consumer food cooperatives. She has presented her research on campus, and at regional and national conferences, participated in the Maine Hunger Dialogue, and volunteered with the Orono Community Garden. Her Honors thesis is: “The Role of Cooperation and Prosocial Behavior in Food Buying Clubs: An Exploratory Study.” Hupper will pursue a master’s degree at UMaine in natural resource economics and policy.