Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s Student Grant and Fellowship Award Winners for 2017-18

Between February and June 2017, the Virginia Water Resources Research Center (which publishes this blog) conducted its two annual competitions for recognizing and supporting students studying water resources at colleges or universities in Virginia.  Here are the recipients for 2017-18.

Competitive Grants

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, 2017 to May 31, 2018, were awarded to following students and projects:

Stephanie Houston, Ph.D. student, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech; project title: “A renewable filtration system for the removal and reuse of pollutants from retention ponds.”

Mary Lofton, Ph.D. student, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech; project title: “Simulating storms to predict phytoplankton community responses to future climate change: a whole-ecosystem mixing experiment.”

Brendan Player, M.S. student, Department of Environmental Science, Christopher Newport University; project title: “Nutrient uptake in degraded and restored sections of urban streams across project age gradients.”

The application period for competitive grants typically runs from February to March or April.  More information about this grant program is available online at

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 2017-18 is Jacob Diamond, Ph.D. student, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech.

The application period for the Walker Award typically runs from March to May.  More information about this program is available online at

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