Tourné Mentee Student Receives Coveted EPA-GRO Fellowship

Dr. Marilyn Tourné and undergraduate student Dyrian Wandick have been awarded a Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) fellowship sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency. The fellowship awards students in their junior/senior year with financial support and also includes a summer internship at an EPA facility. The GRO fellowship is highly competitive and, according to the EPA website, only 40 of these awards will be granted in 2013. Wandick could receive up to $20,700 per academic year and $8,600 for the paid summer internship. Tourné and Wandick’s proposal to the EPA addressed water treatment and ways to detect impurities in drinking water using GC-MS (Gas Chromatography- Mass Spectrometry). Tourné has shown a passion toward 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.