A Hartwick College student has been awarded an undergraduate fellowship with Environmental Protection Agency, one of just 40 such fellowships the agency handed out nationwide this year in its Greater Research Opportunities program.

Junior Catherine G. Winters of Duanesburg will receive funding to support her academic studies and research. She also is scheduled to participate in a three-month summer fellowship at an EPA facility during the summer and is required to attend at least one technical-scientific conference during the course of the fellowship.

Winters plans to study the environmental geochemistry of the Ouleout Creek watershed, according to a statement from the college. The creek empties into the Susquehanna River near Unadilla. She plans to examine the effect of geology and land use on water chemistry, specifically looking at the cause of high sediment in the creek, according to the college’s statement.

Dr. Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad, assistant professor in the departments of chemistry, geology and environmental sciences, will be her adviser.

“I am very excited for this opportunity to do research that could affect the greater Oneonta area, which has been my home for two years now,” Winters was quoted as saying. “The chance to work at the EPA is an opportunity which many students will only ever dream of.”

Winters is pursuing a bachelor of science in environmental chemistry, a minor in environmental science and policy, and a minor in political science.




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