Two Nelson Institute students receive EPA research fellowship grants

October 30, 2014

Two Nelson Institute graduate students, both pursuing doctoral degrees in Environment and Resources, have been awarded fellowship grants as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program.

Scott Cardiff, who is advised by professor Steve Ventura, and Mallika Nocco, advised by associate professor Chris Kucharik, are among 105 graduate students across the nation to receive $8.6 million in STAR grants. Cardiff and Nocco will each be awarded $84,000 in funding for two years of research.

The STAR grants support research with cross-cutting impacts in the environmental science field, providing scientific knowledge to meet future environmental challenges, strengthen the nation’s economy and security, better protect our health and environment, and combat climate change.

Cardiff will assess the cumulative land cover and water quality impacts of mining on Ojibwe treaty-ceded territories in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. Learn more about Cardiff's project.

Nocco is studying how irrigated agriculture and climate affect surface water quantity and quality in the Wisconsin Central Sands, in response to scientific questions identified by stakeholders. Read more about Nocco's research.

Since its creation in 1995, the STAR program has awarded fellowships to 1,884 students, totaling approximately $65 million in funding. View a full listing of STAR Fellows.