EPA scholarship winner Nicholas Van Horn works on a pondwater project at the Waste-management Education Research Consortium (WERC) Design Contest in April.
Sep 26, 2010
Three Ohio University students were each recently awarded $3,350 scholarships to use for studying environmental science or engineering through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Education Fund.
Gabriel Andrews, Krystyna Chisholm and Nicholas Van Horn received the scholarship based on research or environmental work experience they had previously completed, in addition to other criteria such as academic record and extra-curricular activities.
The Ohio Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering Scholarship Program is designed to motivate students to enter
environmental science and engineering professions, and reward outstanding undergraduate students based on merit, enhancing their employability in environmental fields, according to a news release.
"These fields not only offer many job opportunities, but are critical
for training in advanced environmental technologies, advancing Ohio’s technical expertise and building Ohio’s future economy," said Ohio EPA Director Chris Korleski in the news release.
With the research or environmental work experience these students have completed, they have already come into contact with the type of training needed for those advanced environmental technologies.
Andrews worked as a field assistant on Poplar Island in the Chesapeake Bay, conducting research and conservation for Diamondback Terrapin, a species of turtle. A senior biological science major with an environmental studies certificate, Andrews is currently studying in New Zealand and is involved in Yellow-eyed penguin conservation and habitat restoration.
Chisholm’s research investigated the applications of organometallic
compounds in the development of new renewable energy sources. Working under Jeffrey Rack, the senior chemistry major, hoped to use these compounds as catalytic photosensitizers to increase solar cell energy storage.
As the president of the Sierra Student Coalition this past year, Van
Horn dedicated himself to environmental work on two fronts – the technical side through research and the social/political side through
the organization. The senior chemical engineering major's research
concentrated bacteria and viruses in a 10-liter pond water sample down to a 10-milliliter vile.
"This unit achieved faster and more accurate source identification of
agricultural water contamination," Van Horn said.
All three OHIO students plan to use the money from their scholarships toward university costs associated with their senior year.
Funding for these scholarships come from civil penalties collected by Ohio EPA for violations of Ohio’s air and water pollution control laws. The scholarship program is administered by the Ohio Academy of Science.
The next application deadline for scholarships is June 1, 2011.
Additional information about the scholarship is available by calling
Ohio EPA’s Office of Environmental Education at 614-644-2873 or