Pittsburgh District
Kristi Dobra, an environmental resource specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, looks at a freshwater mussel shell from the Ohio River watershed through a microscope in an isotope clean laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh, June 13, 2023. Dobra is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh while researching metals in the Ohio River watershed and their impact on freshwater mussels. Dobra is a recipient of the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation scholarship. The Department of Defense funds the SMART program to provide education and workforce development opportunities for students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering. or math. So far, the program has awarded more than 3,800 scholarships at more than 400 universities, from bachelor’s up to doctoral degrees. The scholarship pays for full tuition to any U.S.-accredited college or university and an annual stipend between $30,000 and $46,000 depending on the degree level. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District photo by Michel Sauret)

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