Sansom awarded Research Fellowship by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Gulf Research Program

Fellows awarded $76,000 to pursue bold, nontraditional research that they otherwise might not be able to conduct
August 17, 2020

Garett Sansom, DrPH, has been named one of 20 scientists awarded an Early-Career Research Fellowship by the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Now in its sixth year, the fellowship is awarded to emerging scientific leaders who are prepared to work at the intersections of environmental health, community health and resilience, and offshore energy system safety in the Gulf of Mexico and other U.S. coastal regions.

The two-year fellowship—which begins Sept. 1, 2020—is awarded to faculty at colleges, universities and research institutions. Each of the 20 selected fellows receives a $76,000 financial award, mentoring support and a built-in community of colleagues who share an interest in the well-being of Gulf Coast communities and ecosystems. Since the award is not attached to a specific project, fellows are able to use the support to pursue bold, nontraditional research that they otherwise might not be able to conduct.

“The early years of a researcher’s career are a critical time. This program gives fellows the independence and flexibility to explore untested ideas and develop lasting collaborations,” said Lauren Alexander Augustine, Executive Director of the Gulf Research Program. “The 2020 class of fellows is a distinguished group of individuals who have demonstrated superior scholarship, exceptional scientific and technical skills and the ability to work across disciplines.”

Earlier this year, Sansom received the highest award given by the Environmental Design Research Association on his research study, “Resilience through Regeneration: The Economics of Repurposing Vacant Land with Green Infrastructure.”

— Rae Lynn Mitchell

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