Civil engineers perform duties in planning, designing and overseeing construction of building structures and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants as well as water and sewage systems, among others, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Individuals who wish to work in this field may find employment with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In an effort to give more students an opportunity to work in this field, the EPA has honored Calvin College senior engineering students with Greater Research Opportunities program (GRO) fellowships. According to the school, the fellowship provides funding for tuition, books and a monthly stipend.
The award is given to students who students who attend schools that receive federal funding for research initiatives. As a result of the fellowship, one student researched treatment of water purification waste at a lab in Cincinnati, while another researched waste reduction for various businesses at a lab in Atlanta.
"I think that there's a lot of good that engineering can do in the world," said Amanda Hayes, a Calvin College senior and EPA GRO fellow.
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