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EPA Announces Research Fellowships

Release Date: 11/16/2005
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Contact: Suzanne Ackerman, 202-564-4355 / ackerman.suzanne@epa.gov

(11/16/05) EPA today announced the award of 165 research fellowships for students pursuing degrees in environmental studies, with a total of nearly $10 million in awards. The agency sponsors several fellowship programs designed to ensure a well-trained scientific workforce that can address future environmental issues. The Science to Achieve Results (STAR) graduate fellowship program supports masters and doctoral candidates in environmental fields at accredited U.S. colleges or universities. For 2005 awards, more than 1700 applicants competed for 128 STAR fellowships. Research fellows represent 110 universities in 43 states and the District of Columbia, with students pursuing degrees in biology, toxicology, ecology and environmental sciences.

The Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) fellowship program funds undergraduate and graduate students conducting environmental research at universities that receive $50 million or less in annual federal research funds. Students at schools with substantial minority enrollment are encouraged to apply for GRO fellowships, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Native American Tribal Colleges. More than 260 GRO applicants competed this year for 37 awards.

A 2002 National Academy of Sciences report rated the STAR program as outstanding and concluded that STAR research has improved the scientific foundation for decision making at EPA. As an example of the importance of STAR research projects, a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will study the possible use of nanomaterials that act as catalysts to degrade persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the presence of sunlight. This could lead to a low-cost solution for POP clean-up in the environment.

Recipients are listed on the following pages.
STAR graduate: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/fellow/recipients/star_fellow05.html
GRO graduate: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/fellow/recipients/gro_fellow05.html
GRO undergraduate: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/fellow/recipients/gro_undergrad_fellow05.html

For more information about both programs, go to: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/fellow