Samantha (Sami) Stroud graduated from UNM with B.A.s in Geography and East Asian Studies (Chinese concentration) and minors in Japanese and Interdisciplinary Studies in Spring 2021. She is a member of the UNM Honors College. Beginning work at the Environment-Focused Learning Academy, Sami has participated in research on drinking water/water bottle cleanliness, taste, and availability; research design and development of a podcast on New Mexican water utilities and the COVID-19 pandemic; and written a white paper based on her research over the course of the project. Sami has also competed in the Water Grand Challenges’ Poster Competition for which she won the Student Poster Achievement Award. She now works at the Southwest Environmental Finance Center as a Research Assistant, and continues her studies at UNM as a graduate student in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.