Daniel Dawson

Doctoral Candidate Receives Prestigious Research Fellowship

Daniel Dawson received the honour from the Environmental Protection Agency.

After two years of waiting, Texas Tech University’s Daniel Dawson recently was awarded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellowship.

The third-year doctoral student from Orlando, Florida, is studying environmental toxicology through Texas Tech’s Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) and said he first heard about the fellowship through his adviser Chris Salice. The fellowship lasts until August 2016 and provides Dawson with a stipend and tuition so he can conduct his research.

“I’m pretty darn excited about it,” Dawson said. “I applied for it in Fall 2012, but because of federal budgetary issues it wasn’t awarded until August 2014, so there was a long period of uncertainty involved. Now that it has finally begun, I’m thrilled.”

Dawson said his research includes building spatially explicit modeling tools used to predict and manage mosquito-borne disease risk. His main goal involves the modeling tools developed from his research becoming useful to organizations responsible for disease vector control.