Tech Undergrad Wins EPA Research Fellowship
Bees are dying, and Cindy Fiser wants to know why. Now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is helping her look for answers.
Fiser, a fourth-year applied ecology and environmental sciences major in Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, has been named a winner of the EPA's Greater Research Opportunities Undergraduate Fellowship.
The award provides financial support as well as a summer internship with the EPA at one of three locations. In Fiser's case, Colorado will be her home for the next 12 weeks. There, she will get to lead her own research project, a study of bees, focusing on alternative treatments to pesticides and herbicides, such as native predators and grass buffers around areas of agriculture.
"Pesticides and herbicides may harm the environment by potentially contaminating native pollinators or predators and their habitat on site, as well as the surrounding rivers and streams," Fiser explains
She is hoping alternative treatment approaches will help bring back the diminishing bee population. Read the full story.