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Tulsa Student Receives EPA Science Fellowship

Release Date: 09/06/2006
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Cynthia Fanning, 214-665-2200 or

(Dallas, Texas – September 6, 2006) Eric Vanderboom of Tulsa, Okla., recently received a Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Vanderboom was one of the 30 students chosen from more than 200 applicants across the country who competed for these prestigious fellowships that enable them to complete their undergraduate or graduate degrees.

Mr. Vanderboom is attending the University of Tulsa, where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in environmental toxicology.

EPA’s GRO fellowship program helps to build capacity in universities with limited funding for research and development by awarding fellowships to students in environmental fields. Each year, students in the United States compete for GRO fellowships through a rigorous merit review process to ensure that some of the best students in the country are 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.

EPA will soon be accepting applications from students for the 2007 GRO fellowship programs. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or be lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence. EPA will also be accepting applications for the 2007 Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellowship program. Application information can be found at

For more information about these programs, visit