Graduate student wins prestigious EPA fellowship

Published: Sep 6, 2006 4:12:24 PM
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Sarah Sanders, graduate student in civil engineering from Brundidge, Ala., is the recipient of an Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship award. She received her bachelor's degree in biosystems engineering from Auburn, and her current graduate research project is conducted in the Department of Biosystems Engineering under assistant professor Puneet Srivastava, examining the fate and movement of antimicrobial compounds in the environment. Sanders' individual award will provide $37,000 per year for two years.

"Sarah is an outstanding student who has accomplished many things during her time at Auburn," said Steve Taylor, department head in biosystems engineering. "Through the support of the STAR program, I am confident that she will achieve her goals and continue to pass along her fundamental values of caring for our environment and natural resources."

The STAR program offers graduate fellowships for students in environmental fields of study. The program provides approximately 100 fellowships each year, awarding more than $9.5 million overall. Only 10 percent of STAR awards are awarded to students such as Sanders, who are pursuing their master's degrees. She is one of two Auburn students to receive a STAR award this year.