Home Town: Grove, OK
Scholarship Program: GMS – Undergraduate
College: Vanderbilt University
Major: Earth and Environmental Science
Over 50 hours of community service at various events including:
Hands on Nashville
Nashville humane society
McKalee Steen is a junior in the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Through her program of study in the Earth and Environmental Science major, she plans to garner a well-rounded understanding of environmental issues that impact past, present, and future generations. Her ultimate goal is to obtain a PhD or JD, and continue doing environmental research or work in the realm of policy. In high school, McKalee did science research focused on soil remediation, and volunteered with local nonprofits geared towards environmental protection and activism. This helped her understand the full spectrum of how environmental issues are addressed and sparked a love for research. During the academic year, McKalee participates in research in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department that explores the characterization of cement-geomaterial interactions. In the summer of 2018 she worked at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM doing research through the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship. She is also involved with various extra circular activities such as community service and cultural organizations. As a proud member of the Western Band of the Cherokee Nation, she has been an active leader on her campus in the groups Native Americans in Tennessee Interacting at Vanderbilt (NATIVe) and the Vanderbilt American Indian Science and Engineering Society (VAISES). She will serve as president for both organizations in the 2018-2019 academic year.