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Caroline Powell is an undergraduate student studying Environmental Science and International Studies with a focus on Environmental Sustainability, Global Health, and Development. An opportunity to learn about sustainable farming methods in Costa Rica inspired her research for the Olson Scholars Program. She pursued a comparative case study of EPA responses to American anti-pesticide movements to better understand the political economy of pesticide use and the domestic and international implications of its normalization.

Her areas of interest in global food production include natural resource management, corporate social responsibility, labor rights, and agroecology, with a particular focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.

She is currently the President and founding member of American University’s Food Recovery Network Chapter working to reduce campus-wide food waste and Service Vice President of Alpha Phi Omega, AU’s professional community service fraternity. In her free time, she can be found engaging visitors with hands-on cacao or orchid presentations as a Discovery Cart Leader at the U.S. Botanic Garden or enjoying concerts on U Street.