Applications Due by June 6 for the 2017 William R. Walker Award Graduate Research Fellow Award from the Virginia Water Resources Research Center

Graduate students from Virginia Tech are invited each spring to submit applications to the Virginia Water Resources Research Center for the William R. Walker Graduate Fellowship.  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 help people who are preparing for a professional career in water resources.  Individuals pursuing graduate work in a water resources field different from the field of emphasis as an undergraduate, or individuals with work experience who are returning to graduate school to study water resources, are especially encouraged to apply.

Funds can be used at the recipient’s discretion during enrollment at a university as a student for professional development (such as attending workshops and conferences) and for purchasing materials that will enhance professional productivity (such as books and software).  Award funds are effective at the start of the fall semester.

Applications for the 2017 award are due to the Water Center by June 6, 2017. For more information, visit; or contact Dr. Kevin McGuire at or (540) 231-6017, or the main Water Center office at or (540) 231-5624.

Bill Walker cartoon for Apr 1992 Water News - retirementCartoon by George Wills of Blacksburg, Va. (, published originally in the April 1992 Water News–the former newsletter of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center–to commemorate the retirement of William Walker, the Water Center’s first director.

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