The Karri Casner Environmental Sciences Fellowship supports University of Kentucky students engaged in graduate-level research in environmental studies. Research areas may include, but are not limited to, the biological, ecological, chemical, and physical processes that affect water quality, air quality, soil quality, and ecosystem health. Applicants must have at least a 3.25 undergraduate GPA and a 3.5 graduate GPA. The OEPOS strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to participate fully in this fellowship program. Priority will be given to programs that provide benefits to or have implications for Kentucky. Funds are available to full-time, degree-seeking graduate students for assistance with expenses relating to thesis or dissertation research, as well as for travel to present research at professional meetings.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Casner, co-founders of WinStar Farm in Woodford County, established the Karri Casner Fellowship in 2005 to graduate students at UK for work in environmental sciences. The Farmer Institute accepts proposals late in the fall for review and distributes the awards for use in the spring and throughout the next academic year