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EPA awards more than $5.3 million for research

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced more than $5.3 million in research fellowships to 127 students pursuing degrees in environmental studies throughout the United States.

Twelve of the fellowship recipients attend one of eight universities and colleges in the Southeast. Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of South Alabama, University of Central Florida, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, University of Florida – Gainesville and Spelman College each had at least one student receive a fellowship. The 11 Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) fellows and the one Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellow exemplify the agency’s efforts to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. These fellowships encourage leadership in the nation’s environmental science, research, restoration, pollution prevention and sustainability efforts.

2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the GRO Fellowship program, which is part of the national effort to ensure that the United States continues to graduate students ready to meet environmental science, engineering, and policy challenges. Supporting graduate environmental study for masters and doctoral students, the STAR fellowship program provides a steady stream of well-trained environmental specialists that are meeting society’s environmental challenges by performing new environmental research in engineering and in the physical, biological, health and social sciences.