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Hawaii student receives EPA science fellowship; Awarded to University of Hawaii at Hilo graduate student

Release Date: 10/02/2008
Contact Information: Dean Higuchi, 808-541-2711, higuchi.dean@epa.gov

(10/02/08) HONOLULU – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded a Greater Research Opportunities fellowship to Kathy L. Seiber, a graduate student at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Seiber was one of 22 students chosen from more than 156 applicants across the country who competed for these highly prestigious fellowships that enable them to complete their graduate degrees.

The EPA’s graduate fellowship program supports some of the nation’s most promising masters and doctoral candidates in environmental studies. Each year, students in the U.S. compete for fellowships through a rigorous merit review process to ensure that some of the best students in the country chosen for these programs. Students can pursue degrees in traditionally recognized environmental disciplines as well as other fields such as urban and regional planning and decision sciences.

Since the program began in 1995, the EPA has awarded more that 2,200 fellowships to students in almost every state. The fellowship has helped produce new academic researchers, government scientists, science teachers, and environmental engineers.

The EPA will soon be accepting applications from students for the 2009 Science to Achieve Results and Greater Research Opportunities graduate fellowship program. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or be lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.

The EPA is currently accepting applications for the 2009 Greater Research Opportunities undergraduate fellowship program, at: http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2009/2009_gro_undergrad.html

All of the graduate fellows receive $37,000 per year to complete their degrees – up to 2 years for masters, and 3 years for doctorate degrees. The undergraduate program pays up to $17,000 per year for tuition and a stipend for the junior and senior years of study and includes up to $7,500 for a summer internship at an EPA facility.

Application information can be found on the Internet at: www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/. To see a list of the winners of this year’s STAR fellowship awards, and for more information about these fellowship programs, visit the Web site at: www.epa.gov/ncer/fellow.
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