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Scholarship winner Steven Curtis graduates from the IIIEE and closes the circle

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Steven at the IIIEE graduation ceremony on 25 September 2015 together with Jonas Hafström, Chairman of Lund University and Håkan Rodhe, Director of External Relations at the IIIEE

Three years ago Steven Curtis won the first prize in Lund University’s ” Challenge Your Perspectives” scholarship competition for American students. Sweden’s ambassador to the USA, Jonas Hafström, handed him the diploma in Washington DC. On 25 September 2015 Steven once again received a diploma from the hands of Jonas Hafström – this time, it was the diploma of his Master’s degree in Environmental Management and Policy, the programme that Steven won the scholarship to study.

In 2012, Steven Curtis, an American student looking for a graduate programme that would prepare him to work within the environmental field met with Lund University representatives at an education fair in Chicago. There, he learned about the scholarship competition ”Challenge Your Perspectives” that Lund University was running for students in the USA within this specific interest area. Steven entered the competition and applied to the Lund University Master’s Programme in Environmental Management and Policy. A few months later, he was announced the winner of the competition at an exclusive prize ceremony at the Swedish embassy in Washington D.C. He was awarded the first prize, a full scholarship (co-funded by Lund University and the Swedish Institute) to study the two year Master’s programme. Handing him the certificate was Sweden’s ambassador to the USA, Jonas Hafström.
 
Steven started the programme in late 2013 and for two years, he has been challenging his perspectives on environmental issues with his teachers and peers at the International Institute of Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University . On Friday 25 September 2015, Steven graduated from the programme as IIIEE:s ”Student of the year 2015”. At the graduation ceremony, Steven was once again able to be congratulated by Jonas Hafström, who attended the ceremony in his new role as the Chairman of Lund University.
 
The circle has been closed and Steven will now take on a new role too – as a proud LU/IIIEE alumnus and an ambassador for the environment. Congratulations, Steven!

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