By almost any measure, Aaron Bivins’ spring was a successful one.
First, he learned in early April he won a grant from the Fulbright program to work for nearly a year in India. Now comes word that the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Ph.D. student also will get support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for work closer to home.
Bivins is among the graduate students to receive a 2016 STAR graduate fellowship from the agency. The Science to Achieve Results program supports students in environmental studies for up to three years. In Bivins’ case, it will pay for research on the deficiencies of water supplies in rural Alabama.
“When we consider the challenges of delivering clean drinking water, we are often tempted to think of places like India,” Bivins said, “but the crisis in Flint, Michigan, has shown us that even here in the United States, reliably safe drinking water is only secured through proper management of our infrastructure. The funding of my domestic water quality research demonstrates our society's recognition of these challenges and commitment to solving them.”