Students selected for EPA research fellowships


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (July 1, 2013) — Two students in the College of Arts and Sciences have been awarded fellowships sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Greater Research Opportunities award gives junior and senior students financial support and includes a summer internship at an EPA facility. The GRO fellowship is highly competitive and, according to the EPA Web site, only 40 of these awards will be granted in 2013.


This year two awardees were chosen from Tuskegee: Manelisi Victor Nhliziyo and Dyrian Wandick. Nhliziyo, originally from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe is a junior biology major. His fellowship will begin in September. With the help of the EPA, his research project will be to determine the extent of water pollution in the Black Belt region. Parameters to be tested will include, but are not limited to, pH, sulfates, nitrates, and heavy metals from the various water sources used by Tuskegee residents and surrounding areas.The research will be a collaboration of the Tuskegee Municipality and the Tuskegee University Water Quality Initiative.

Wandick is from Oklahoma City, Okla., and is also a junior biology major. Her fellowship will begin in August. Wandick’s research proposal to the EPA addressed water treatment and ways to detect impurities in drinking water using GC-MS (Gas Chromatography- Mass Spectrometry).

Both students will be performing their research at Tuskegee and could receive up to $20,700 per academic year and $8,600 for a paid summer internship at the EPA.Marilyn Tourné, an assistant chemistry professor who currently teaches General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis, is mentoring the students. Tourné has shown an interest in undergraduate research and mentoring since joining the Department of Chemistry in 2012. In addition to her work with undergraduates, she is also developing the Forensic Science curriculum.

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