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U.S. EPA awards more than $1.6 million in environmental research fellowships to 13 students in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada

Contact Information: 
Michele Huitric (huitric.michele@epa.gov)

SAN FRANCISCO – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced more than $1.6 million in Science to Achieve Results (STAR) graduate fellowships for 13 students at universities in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada. The fellowships, which will allow these students to further their education while conducting environmental research, were part of over $6 million awarded to 52 students across the nation.

“Through EPA’s funding, the STAR fellows will pursue innovative research projects while attaining advanced academic degrees,” said Alexis Strauss, EPA’s Acting Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “The work these students are doing is inspirational, and will help address environmental challenges in fields such as atmospheric chemistry, green energy, hydrogeology and toxicology.”

STAR fellowship recipients in the Pacific Southwest will address the following projects:


Arizona State University: 1 award

Project title: A Study of the Aqueous Phase Processing of Organic Aerosols through Carbon Stable Isotope Analysis

Award amount: $132,000

University of Arizona: 1 award

Project title: Uncertainty for America’s Coasts: The Future of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation

Award amount: $132,000


Stanford University: 2 awards

Project title: Drinking Water Security in Times of Drought and Beyond: Improved Prediction, Management, and Decision-Making Tools for Water Distribution in Southern California

Award amount: $132,000

Project title: Persistence of Environmental DNA in the Marine Environment

Award amount: $132,000

University of California, Berkeley: 5 awards

Project title: Assessment of Advanced Water Treatment Processes to Promote Safe, Stable Microbial Communities in Direct Potable Reuse Distribution Systems

Award amount: $132,000

Project title: Understanding Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from Biomass Burning through Time-Resolved Speciated Volatile and Semi-Volatile Organic Compound Measures

Award amount: $132,000

Project title: Identifying Environmental Pollutants that Alter the Stress Response

Award amount: $132,000

Project title: Human Productivity in a Warmer World: The Impact of Climate Change on the Global Workforce

Award amount: $132,000

Project title: Characterization of Mobile and Ambient Nitrogen Dioxide Emissions in California

Award amount: $132,000

University of California, Davis: 1 award

Project title: Assessing the Supply of Mercury from Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining Activities, and its Fluvial Transport and Methylation in Madre de Dios, Peru

Award amount: $88,000

University of California, Irvine: 1 award

Project Title: How Does the Endocrine Disruptor Tributyltin Commit Mesenchymal Stem Cells to the Adipose Lineage?

Award Amount: $132,000


University of Hawaii, Manoa: 1 award

Project Title: The Dynamic Interaction of Nutrient Pollution and Seawater Temperature on Reef Corals: Is Nutrient Enrichment Undermining Coral Resilience?                                           

Award Amount: $132,000


University of Nevada, Reno: 1 award

Project Title: Desert Diesel: Engineering Opuntia Ficus-Indica as a Low Input Biofuel Feedstock

Award Amount: $132,000

Since 1995, the STAR fellowship program has awarded nearly 2,000 students a total of more than $65 million in funding. Recipients have engaged in innovative research opportunities, with some becoming prominent leaders in environmental science. This year’s STAR fellows are poised to become the next generation of environmental professionals who can make significant impacts in environmental science and beyond.

Learn more about these fellows: https://www.epa.gov/research-fellowships/star-graduate-and-gro-undergraduate-fellowship-recipient-list#star

Learn more about EPA’s fellowship opportunities: www.epa.gov/research-fellowships

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