Category Archives: Education

On Virginia Water Radio for 4-30-18: Water Questions on the Minds of Virginia High School and Middle School Students

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of April 30, 2018, is “Virginia Students Call Out Their Concerns about Water.”  The 4 min./04 sec. episode, available online at, features Virginia high school and middle school students voicing water-related questions and issues of concern to them.  The students were participants at Kids Tech University-Graduate School held on April 21, 2018, by Virginia Tech’s Biocomplexity Institute.

The episode includes music by Virginia musicians Kat Mills of Blacksburg and Chamomile and Whiskey of Nelson County.

Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is  Have a listen or two!

Va. Lakes and Watersheds Association’s Leo Bourassa Scholarships for 2018 – April 1 is Deadline to Apply

In 2018, the Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association (VLWA) is again offering its annual Leo Bourassa Scholarship to Virginia residents who are attending an accredited Virginia college or university.

The  deadline to apply for this year’s scholarships is April 1, 2018.  More information and application forms are available online at; or contact Shelly Frie at (757) 671-6222 or

Eligibility criteria are as follows:
Be a student in good standing at any Virginia accredited college or university;
Be a resident of Virginia at the time of application and of the award;
Be a full-time undergraduate student, full-time graduate student, or part-time graduate student; and
Be enrolled in a curriculum related to water resources (including, but not limited to, biology, conservation, ecology, engineering, environmental science, geology, hydrology, limnology, stormwater management, water quality, and wildlife sciences).

Past award recipients are eligible to reapply.

National Water Center Innovators Program Summer Institute Accepting Graduate Student Applications Through Feb. 4, 2018

The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI) is sponsoring the Innovators Program Summer Institute for graduate students at the National Water Center and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, June 10-July 28, 2018.  According to the CUAHSI Web site for the Institute, “Student research fellows will collaborate intensively for seven weeks to work on projects designed to contribute to the NWC goals of enhancing water-related products and decision-support services across the country.”

CUASHI is accepting applications for the Institute through February 4, 2018.  For more information or to apply, visit

For more information, contact Emily Clark,, or
Jerad Bales,

Va. Water Center’s Competitive Grant Request for Student Research Proposals for 2018-19 Cycle; Proposals Due by March 23, 2018

Under the Competitive Grants Program, the Virginia Water Resources Research Center will considers proposals for funding up to $5,000 for student research grants.  The starting date for funded projects is June 1, with an ending date of May 30 of the following year.

Proposals are considered in all areas of water resources.  Submitted proposals are reviewed and ranked by peers and a subset of members from the Water Center’s Technical Advisory Panel.  Review criteria include intellectual merit, innovation, likelihood of success, broader impacts on Virginians, and alignment with state or regional water resources challenges.

Proposals are due by March 23, 2018, for the current cycle (June 1, 2018, to May 30, 2019).  For access to proposal guidelines and the current call for proposals, visit  For more information, please e-mail Dr. Kevin McGuire at or call (540) 231-6017.

On Virginia Water Radio for 1-15-18: As the Water Freezes (for Virginia’s K-3 Science Students)

Virginia Water Radio’s episode for the week of January 15, 2018, is “At the Freezing Point.”  The 3 min./50 sec. episode, available online at, is designed especially for Virginia’s kindergarten through Grade 3 students learning about water’s physical states.  This week’s version revises an episode originally done in January 2015.

Ice on Claytor Lake in Pulaski County, Va., January 6, 2018.


Virginia Water Radio’s is a weekly broadcast/podcast produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.  The home page is  Have a listen or two!

Disaster Recovery Information Resource for College Students Available as of January 2018

Recovering From a Natural Disaster in College: A Student’s Guide for What to do on Campus,” produced by Affordable College Online, is available online at

Affordable College Online states that its mission is to create “in-depth resources that address topics, questions and concerns related to higher education with an eye on affordability and accreditation.  Our resources include comprehensive guidebooks, student interviews, user-friendly search tools, federal datasets and other materials created and vetted by experts in their fields.”  The organization’s main Web page is

Virginia Water Central Newsletter/December 2017 Issue Available; Focus on Students, Including Reports from Spring 2017 Intern and Recipients of Research Grants in 2016-17

The December 2017 issue (Issue 68) of Virginia Water Central Newsletter, from the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, is available online at  (All previous issues, beginning June 1998, are also available at or from that site.)

The 16-page December 2017 issue focuses on recent student-related activities by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, including the Center’s Spring 2017 student internship and research by students awarded Competitive Grants for 2016-17.

For more information about the newsletter, contact the editor at or (540) 231-5463.

VT Snow Dec9

Cover photo of the December 2017 Virginia Water Central Newsletter, taken on the Virginia Tech campus on December 9, 2017.