2022 Truman Scholar
Christine Groves is a mechanical engineering major conducting research on renewable energy technologies, as she seeks to address environmental pollution and climate change. She plans to pursue an MPP/MSc in sustainable energy engineering, with a research focus on direct air carbon capture technologies. To support the LGBTQ+ community, Christine founded the US Coast Guard Academy’s Transgender Committee within the Spectrum Council to promote gender equality and to build an inclusive and welcoming environment. Her actions within the Coast Guard Office of Inclusion and Diversity provided recommendations to its LGBTQ+ policy supporting transgender members. She is also involved in the coordination of the 2022 Holocaust Studies Symposium through which cadets are trained in moral standing and the ability to recognize the warning signs of polarization, hatred, and conflict that can lead to mass atrocities. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Christine provided academic and emotional assistance as a mentor to local schools in Connecticut. She enjoys leading the Academy’s Drama Club, as well as playing with the Windjammers drum and bugle corps.