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EPA Awards Research Fellowships to Four Students in Region 7

Release Date: 11/15/2012
Contact Information: Kris Lancaster, 913-551-7557,

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(Lenexa, Kan., Nov. 15, 2012) - EPA has announced that four students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in environmental studies in Region 7 will receive research fellowships through the Agency’s Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) program and Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program for 2012.

“EPA Region 7 is proud to announce the selection of four students for research fellowships,” said Karl Brooks, regional administrator. “Each year, students compete for these fellowships through a rigorous review process.”

Region 7 students receiving research fellowships are Keri Caudle, Ft. Hays State University; Grant Connette and Christopher Kassotis, University of Missouri-Columbia; and Jessica Ray, Washington University.

Overall, EPA announced more than $5.3 million in 2012 fellowship grants for 127 students. The 39 GRO fellows and the 88 STAR fellows 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, part of a national effort to ensure that the United States continues to graduate students ready to meet environmental science, engineering, and policy challenges. By enhancing and supporting quality environmental education for undergraduate students, the GRO Fellowship program encourages promising students to pursue careers in environmental fields and continue their education beyond the baccalaureate level. Supporting graduate environmental studies 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.

Applicants for the fiscal 2013 GRO program have until Dec. 5, 2012, to apply. Applicants for STAR fellowships have until Nov. 27, 2012, to apply.

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