Kalamalka Secondary grad Erin Crockett is presented with two UBC awards from UBC President Stephen Toope at a recent luncheon.

Kalamalka Secondary grad Erin Crockett is presented with two UBC awards from UBC President Stephen Toope at a recent luncheon.

Student earns honours

Coldstream student Erin Crockett earns UBC distinguished awards

A Coldstream student has earned two of UBC’s most distinguished awards.

Kalamalka Secondary 2007 graduate, Erin Crockett, recently received the Wesbrook and Premier Undergraduate scholarships from UBC President Stephen Toope.

The awards are the university’s most prestigious designations, awarded to senior students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance, leadership and participation in student and community activities, including sports.

From 20 Wesbrook scholars chosen this academic year, nine were also selected for premier scholarships, including the Thelma Sharp Cook scholarship awarded to Erin.

“It was a great surprise and a wonderful honour to receive these awards for doing what I like to do,” said Crockett, who will graduate from UBC Vancouver in May with an honours degree in environmental sciences.

His honours thesis relates to mapping potential disturbances that forestry, sewage, and agriculture may be causing to ecological services along the B.C. coastline.

“Changes in nitrogen runoff caused by those activities can have deleterious effects throughout a watershed and along the coast,” he said.

“We need to know what the problems are and what is contributing to them, in order to responsibly manage human impacts.”

Crockett is past president of the UBC Environmental Sciences Student Association. He studied for a semester in New Zealand, volunteered in Guyana, and did NSERC research on social spiders in Ecuador.

He has participated in a number of student societies and has been active in sports including the UBC tennis team, which recently won a berth to attend the National University Tennis Championships in Montreal.

Crockett plans to spend part of the next year volunteering abroad and then enter a Masters/PhD program in Environmental Sciences.