EPA Fellowship Program Updates as of January 2014:

Tax season is here! If you have questions about your fellowship and filing taxes, please refer to the following sources of information:
  1. The ‘Taxes’ section of your Fellowship Handbook
  2. IRS website (http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc421.html)
Remember, Fellows are not employees of the U.S. EPA and therefore EPA will not be issuing W-2s for Fellows.

EPA intends to satisfy our commitments to fund existing STAR Fellowships awarded in 2012 and prior years, subject to the availability of funds. No decisions have been made regarding the Fall 2013 EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study RFA.
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Strategies for Applying to Grad School - ACS Webinar Series

Presented by the American Chemical Society

Join us as Dr. Sam Pazicni returns to discuss the different types of chemistry graduate programs that are available to aspiring chemists. Tune in to learn the best way to apply to those programs including tips on completing graduate school applications and discover how to choose the school that is the right fit for you. This is the second presentation in our Grad School Series.

What You Will Learn:
  • The types of Chemistry graduate programs that are available
  • The ins and outs of preparing and submitting applications of Chemistry graduate programs
  • Strategies for selecting schools and programs that are the right fit for you

Webinar Details
Date: Thursday, July 10, 2014 @ 2-3 pm ET
Fee: Free to Attend
Download Slides: Available on Live Date

For more information and to register for this and other upcoming webinars by the ACS, please visit http://acswebinars.org/applying-grad-school


Executive Summary

American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities have been inextricably linked to their environments for millennia. Because of their reliance on natural resources to maintain traditional diets, lifeways, customs and languages, there is a unique need for tribal-focused research to identify impacts of pollution, dietary exposure, cumulative risk and climate change as well as to inform decisions to reduce health risks in these areas.

Recognizing this need, the National Center for Environmental Research (NCER), within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development, was tasked to establish the Agency’s Tribal Environmental Health Research Program in 2000 through the Science To Achieve Results (STAR) grants program. Since its inception, the program has funded 10 STAR grants for tribal environmental health research, many of which are carried out on tribal lands by researchers from tribal colleges and universities and tribal health organizations. EPA also supports tribal environmental research via its STAR and Greater Research Opportunities fellowship programs; People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability (P3); and Small Business Innovation Research program. In addition, NCER, as the program lead, collaborates with EPA-sponsored partnership groups (e.g., National Tribal Operations Committee, National EPA-Tribal Science Council) to ensure that its extramural research program is responsive to tribal needs and research priorities. These grants, programs and partnerships support tribally led research projects that encompass traditional and nontraditional scientific approaches to collect baseline data linking culture and exposure.

To highlight the research conducted within the Tribal Environmental Health Research Program, NCER sponsored a series of webinars in 2009 and 2012. NCER leadership realized that it was critical to develop a synthesis document to communicate the outputs and outcomes of the program and expand awareness in this essential research area. This document describes outcomes of past EPA tribal environmental research and discusses future directions and initiatives.

The first step in identifying the tribal research outcomes was to develop a list of relevant tribal grants, fellowships, P3 grants and Small Business Innovation Research projects. This list was compiled through a targeted search of the NCER Research Project Database. The investigators for these studies were contacted to obtain annual and final reports for their grants/projects as well as information on the outputs and subsequent outcomes of their research. The information collected was analyzed to identify common themes throughout the various projects. Five themes emerged:
  • Cultural practices, language and traditional ecological knowledge.
  • Subsistence foods and water resources.
  • Community-based participatory research and community outreach and education.
  • Risk assessment and sensitive populations.
  • Impacts on regulations and management plans.
These themes serve as the basis for the format of this synthesis report.

Click here to view and download the complete report.



The 2013 GRO Fellowship and Internship Handbook is now available! To read and download this handbook, click on the down arrow next to "Getting to Know the EPA Fellowship Program in the left column. Click on the 2013 GRO Handbook link to read or right click then "Save as" to save a copy to your computer.



Assistant, Associate or Full Professor - Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Program

Job Title: Assistant, Associate or Full Professor - Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Program
Job ID: 9183
Location: Hunter College
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

The Hunter College School of Urban Public Health (UPH) invites applications for an open rank tenure-track position in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS). UPH offers an MS degree program in Industrial Hygiene, accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and an MPH degree program in EOHS, accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Located at the Silberman Campus of Hunter College in East Harlem, the School is a consortial partner in the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health (SPH). The CUNY SPH is a CEPH-accredited collaborative school, that offers a range of innovative bachelor's, masters and doctoral degree programs, with a focus on urban health. The consortium includes the public health programs at Brooklyn, Hunter and Lehman Colleges and the Graduate School and University Center. The Graduate Center offers a DPH degree program in Environmental and Occupational Health, in which EOHS faculty participate.

We are seeking a dynamic individual with a 21st century vision of environmental and occupational health science scholarship, pedagogy and practice. The ideal candidate should have a proven track record in research, program management, and/or teaching in environmental health, environmental science, industrial hygiene, disaster management and preparedness or a related field and an interest in playing a leadership role establishing an active research program and/or leading the academic programs, as well as teaching. This 9 month, tax levy-funded tenure-track appointment (with opportunities for an additional three month appointment for research and/or administrative responsibilities) will be made the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor (commensurate with experience) at Hunter College within the EOHS program. This faculty member will have the opportunity to be appointed to the Doctoral Faculty at the Graduate Center and will also be a faculty member of the CUNY SPH.

Responsibilities include:
  • Enriching the EOHS MS and MPH academic programs
  • Teaching graduate courses in EOHS and helping to develop new curricula and courses
  • Establishing an active EOHS research program
  • Providing support to the EOH Doctor of Public Health program
Successful candidates must possess:
  • A doctorate in environmental health, environmental science, toxicology, industrial hygiene, occupational or environmental medicine, public health, urban planning, geographic science or a closely related field
  • Teaching experience and a passion for teaching
  • A demonstrated record of scholarship
  • The ability to both lead and cooperate with others for the good of the institution
It is also desired that candidates have:
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: disaster preparedness, urban environment, air pollution health effects, climate change or sustainability and health
  • Research experience in environmental health or disaster preparedness
  • A successful grant portfolio and peer-reviewed publications
  • Managerial or administrative experience in research, academic and/or practice settings
  • Previous academic experience at the graduate level
  • Research, programmatic and/or teaching experience in environmental health
Candidates with appropriate administrative and leadership experience and fit may be considered for the directorship of the EOHS MS and MPH programs.

Salary is commensurate with rank, education, accomplishments and experience.

Applications can be submitted on-line by accessing the CUNY Portal on City University of New York job website http://www.cuny.edu/employment/jobsysteminstructions.html and navigating to Careers at CUNYfirst. Current users of the site should access their established accounts; new users should click on the appropriate link to register. Candidates should provide a CV and cover letter that includes a statement of scholarship interests.

Open until filled with review of applications to begin on October 30, 2013.

CUNY Job Posting: Faculty

We are committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply. We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion. EO/AA Employer.


University of Texas at Arlington Congratulates GRO Fellowship Recipient

The University of Texas at Arlington recently highlighted junior, John Gurak, who was recommended for funding for the US EPA’s Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Undergraduate Fellowship. He will receive a total of $50,000 to aid with tuition, classroom and lab expenses, along with a stipend. Included in the fellowship is an internship for the summer of 2014 at an EPA laboratory.

Gurak’s research in Dr. Frank Foss’s lab at UT, Arlington combines chemistry with environmental sustainability. Dr. Foss’s lab can create catalysts, used in the process of making heterocycles that phase out the production or use of hazardous substances. Heterocycles are useful in pharmaceutical development and the making of light-emitting diodes. This type of research supports a newer field in the scientific community called "green chemistry".

The GRO Fellowships Program aligns with EPA’s national research program, Sustainable and Healthy Communities. In this program, tools are developed that look to improve human health and the environment, providing methods for a sustainable future.

For more information about the GRO Fellowship Program visit: http://epa.gov/ncer/fellow/

For more information about student opportunities visit: http://www.epa.gov/careers/internships/

To read the full article visit: http://phys.org/wire-news/139156744/ut-arlington-undergrad-recognized-for-green-chemistry.html


Accredited Online Schools & Colleges

Online colleges around the nation want to obtain an accredited status for many important reasons. A college’s academic reputation has a great deal to do with its accreditation status. Accreditation also ensures that graduates’ credits will transfer to other colleges, as well as be accepted by potential employers. All in all, accreditation signifies a school’s credibility, academic repute and the quality of instructors. Some schools are not accredited because they are too new or do not want to be accredited. However, it is in your best interest to either choose an accredited school that will be recognized or closely investigate schools that are not accredited. Find out why they haven’t reached accreditation, if they are pursuing it and if credits will transfer.

Accreditedonlinecolleges.org can help you with this process. We’ve gathered in-depth information on top-ranked accredited online colleges and created a database search that helps you find a degree program that meets your degree level, category and subject of interest. Here, you can also search between nationally and regionally accredited colleges and learn about the accrediting agencies that fall under these two categories.


Greenversations Blog

Discovering Silica Cycling

By Joanna Carey

I am standing, engrossed in quiet, on a wooden bridge in Northern Massachusetts, with a perfect view of the Ipswich River. I can see it meander once before it eventually opens up to form a babbling riffle. This river is alive, performing complicated metabolic processes as the water moves downstream.

Thanks to my EPA Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Research Fellowship, I went to this bridge (among others) weekly for a year, sampling the river for nutrients. While filtering my water samples here, people walking by would often ask, ‘how is the river doing?’




Since accepting the position as the Director for the National Center for Environmental Research, I have had the opportunity to be a part of EPA’s initiatives and commitment in supporting the growth of our emerging environmental workforce—and I am pleased to welcome our 2012 EPA STAR Fellowship awardees to this esteemed group.

Each year, students from across the country compete for STAR Fellowships. These awards not only represent the academic fortitude of each student in their dedication to expanding their technical careers, but also the continued excellence of their institutions for nurturing and encouraging the minds of our Nation’s rising scientists and environmental experts.

This portfolio highlights each award, which was based not only on the fundamental scientific merit of the individual research but also on the potential contribution to EPA’s research programs and, ultimately, to addressing the Nation’s environmental challenges.

This year’s Portfolio is organized according to EPA’s relevant research areas, including Air, Climate and Energy; Chemical Safety for Sustainability; Emerging Environmental Approaches and Challenges; Human Health Risk Assessment; Safe and Healthy Communities; and Safe and Sustainable Water Resources.

The research within these areas is both diverse and impactful, with topics such as tribal-related research, indoor air pollution, impacts of climate change, drinking water contamination, impacts of sustainable landscape design, exploration of non-conventional wastewater treatment systems, and many more.

Both the full PDF version and 508 MS Word version can be found under the 'Getting to Know the EPA Fellowship Program' in the left column.


Research Participation Program

Multipollutant Scientific Assessment
Office of Research and Development
National Center for Environmental Assessment
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Research Triangle Park, NC


NCEA-RTP is now recruiting soon-to-be or recent college graduates (within 5 years of graduation) for post-graduate ORISE fellows. Please distribute this email to your university contacts or to any new graduates you might know with an environmental science background who are looking for a position. The announcement can be found at the following link:


Last Updated on 7/16/2014