The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering several undergraduate- and graduate-level fellowships that have helped educate new academic researchers, government scientists, science teachers, and, environmental engineers. The STAR Graduate Fellowship program supports master’s and doctoral candidates in environmental studies with up to $42,000 per year available, while the Greater Research Opportunities Undergraduate Fellowship is offered for bachelor’s-level students in environmentally related fields of study. The latter provides up to $19,700 per year of academic support and up to $9,500 of internship support for the three-month summer period, for a total of up to $48,900 for the two year period. The EPA also partners with other organizations on additional fellowships.
The American Concrete Institute (ACI) offers fellowships to high-potential undergraduate and graduate students whose studies relate to concrete and are identified by ACI-Member Faculty. The Student Fellowship can have a nominal term of up to two academic years, renewed annually, and may extend through graduate study. Annual renewal will be subject to renomination and reapplication. For the 2013-2014 academic year, eight fellowships will be available. Scholarships are also offered.
Mozilla and the National Science Foundation are hosting an open innovation challenge with the goal of showing how next-generation networks can revolutionize healthcare, education, public safety, energy, and more. Participants win funding and support to make their apps a reality. $485,000 in prizes are available across three rounds.
A low-cost anemia-detection device developed by undergraduate biomedical engineering students at Johns Hopkins University has won a $250,000 seed grant in the Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development competition. Called HemoGlobe, the device transforms a basic cell phone into a non-invasive anemia screening and reporting tool, according to a Hopkins press release. Harnessing the cell phone’s computational power, it estimates a woman’s or newborn’s level of hemoglobin to determine anemia. If the patient is moderately or severely anemic, the community health worker can counsel the patient to seek appropriate medical care, simultaneously transmitting the data to a central repository in a “Google Maps” format for better targeting of scarce health systems resources.
Earthquake-shattered Haiti is a world apart from grassy college campuses in Florida, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. Yet for a growing number of U.S. engineering undergraduates, the country serves as a living classroom where they can apply their knowledge and skills to help real people – half a million of whom still live under tarps or tents – recover from the worst natural disaster in modern times.