Sarah Haines named Ohio State Presidential Fellow

Posted: January 13, 2021
Sarah Haines
Sarah Haines

Sarah Haines, PhD candidate in Environmental Science and member of CEGE's Indoor Environmental Quality Lab (IEQ), was named a Presidential Fellow for 2020 - 2021 at The Ohio State University. Haines was one of 20 university students to be awarded this distinction, considered to be the most prestigious awarded by the Graduate School.

Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering in 2017 and with a Master of Science in Environmental Science in 2019, both from The Ohio State University.  An advisee of Associate Professor Karen Dannemiller, Ms. Haines' research addresses the role moisture plays in microbial growth and chemistry in the indoor environment. She is also deeply involved in the Indoor Environmental Quality Lab's ongoing development of a rapid, smartphone-based application that tests house dust for allergens which commonly cause asthma symptoms.


A native of Kirtland, Ohio, Haines is also active in scholarship and service to the community. She currently serves as a volunteer for the Columbus Metropolitan Library's Homework Help Center and as a delegate to Ohio State's Council of Graduate Students. Furthermore, she served as a permitting intern for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

While work on her dissertation continues, Haines reflected on her Buckeye experiences and the numerous people who supported her work. "I want to especially thank Dr. Karen Dannemiller for providing many opportunities to pursue this research as well as guidance throughout my college experience," she said. "I am proud and incredibly humbled to receive a Presidential Fellowship from the Graduate School."

View the full list of Autumn 2020 Presidential Fellows.

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