From March to June 2015, the Virginia Water Resources Research Water Center conducted its two annual competitions for recognizing and supporting students studying water resources in Virginia. Here are the recipients for 2015-16.
Under the Competitive Grants Program, the Water Center awards grants of up to $5000 to support research by students at Virginia colleges or universities. This year’s grants, which are for the period June 1, 2015, to May 31, 2016, were awarded to the following students and projects:
Jonathan Doubek, Ph.D. student in the Virginia Tech Department of Biological Sciences, “Effects of hypolimnetic hypoxia on zooplankton biomass, community composition, and vertical distribution in Virginia reservoirs: Top-down implications for water quality.”
Kelsey Fall, Ph.D. student at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, “The Influence of Suspended Particle Properties on Water Clarity in Eutrophied Estuaries.”
Raymond Lee, Ph.D. student in the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, “Relative roles of biogeochemical cycling and hydrologic transport on nutrient export at a forested hillslope.”
Brady Ziegler, Ph.D. student in the Virginia Tech Department of Geosciences, “A mass balance approach to investigate arsenic in a petroleum hydrocarbon plume.”
The application period for competitive grants typically runs from January to March. More information about this grant program is available online at http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/grant-opportunities/competitive-grants/.
William R. Walker Graduate Research Fellow Award
Established to honor the late William Walker, the founding director of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, this award has been given since 1999 to recognize and support graduate students in water resources who are pursuing work in a field different from their undergraduate study, or who have returned to school following a period of professional work.
The Walker Award winner for 2015-16 is Carlos F. Mantilla Pena, a Ph.D. student in the Virginia Tech Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The application period for the Walker Award typically runs from March to May. More information about this program is available online at http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/walker-award/.