Baylor University Student Awarded Fellowship from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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WACO, Texas (Jan. 27, 2015) – Sarah Guberman, a senior studying environmental science at Baylor University, has been awarded a fellowship through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowship Program.
“EPA’s GRO Fellowship Program supports undergraduate students interested in the environmental science fields their junior and senior years while offering an internship at an EPA facility between those two years,” said the National Center for Environmental Research Communications in a statement.
The fellowship includes up to $50,000 in scholarship money and an internship stipend.
Only one other Baylor student has been awarded the EPA’s GRO fellowship, causing Guberman to be stunned when she heard the news.
“I was blown away,” Guberman said. “I was obviously very excited but also anxious. I’ve always had a passion for recycling and going green, but I fell in love with environmental science in high school. I want to help conserve the most beautiful gift that God gave us.”
According to Guberman’s professors, it is her dedication to gaining experience that sets her apart from other students.
“Sarah has always been good in the classroom, but she’s motivated by hands-on experience in the lab and field,” said Cole Matson, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and Guberman’s lab supervisor. “She’s been working in my lab for over a year, and as part of her fellowship, Sarah hopes to continue her research of nanomaterials and their sustainability.”
Guberman, a native of The Woodlands, Texas, hopes the opportunity will help her as she applies for graduate programs.
“By receiving this grant, I’m allowed to intern with the EPA, which will broaden my experience with research as well as help me to network,” Guberman said. “And, of course, it will look great on my résumé.”
by Ashton Brown, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805
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