Janet L. McCoy


AUBURN -- Auburn University student Claire Rumore of Birmingham has been selected as one of 75 recipients nationwide for a Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy.

Rumore, who has a dual major in sociology and Spanish, will use the scholarship's $5,000 prize to study abroad this fall to continue her education.

A member of AU's Honors College, Rumore will spend four months in Amsterdam, studying sexuality, gender and identity trends in attitudes towards HIV and AIDS.

Arthur Wilke, a professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, says Rumore is "an excellent student for such a young student. She is one of our promising majors."

"She brings both excitement and curiosity to the classroom and she is willing to explore a wide range of issues, as her project in the Netherlands shows," said Wilke.

Rumore, a junior with a 3.81 grade-point average, plans a career in naturopathic medicine, combining earth/nature-based treatments with women's health issues.

She says she chose to study the issues of attitudes toward HIV and AIDS because of her work with AIDS organizations in Birmingham and Auburn for the past five years.

"The work has made me more sensitive to my health (and) my attitudes regarding health," she said.

The Udall Foundation was established by Congress in 1992 to honor the late Udall's 30 years of service in the House from Utah. Udall was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1979 and he died seven years later.

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CONTACT: Rumore, 334/821- 4949; and Wilke, 334/844-2832.

For a list of all of the 1999 scholars, click here.