The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded 34 Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships to students studying environmental science and engineering at 28 universities across the country, including Alexandra Peterson, who will study at Florida’s Rollins College.
The fellowship recipients are studying environmental sciences fields such as engineering, environmental health and the physical sciences. Through the fellowship, they are eligible for up to $50,000 for up to two years of study. Fellows will also complete a summer internship with the EPA, where they will work with EPA staff, including engineers and scientists, and gain practical experience in their fields.
“With the help of this funding, undergraduates will be able to explore their passion in environmental science and cultivate their research skills,” EPA Science Advisor and Deputy Assistant Administrator of EPA's Office of Research and Development Thomas A. Burke said. “These fellows are the next generation of scientists, who will help lead the way in protecting the environment and public health.”
The GRO Fellowship Program began in 1981 and has since helped 400 students further their education with more than $13 million. This year’s winners will be studying in 19 states across the country.