Va Water Center 2020 Student Competitive Grant Recipients Announced

2020 Grant Recipients, clockwise from top left: Mary Coughter, Kathryn Lopez, Stephanie Wilson, and Stephen DeVilbiss

We are pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of our Competitive Grants Program!

  • Mary Coughter: Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in the James River: Metagenomic Analysis of Biofilm and Planktonic Diversity; Masters Student in Dept. of Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University 
  • Stephen DeVilbiss: Impacts of freshwater salinization on primary production and stream ecosystem metabolism; Doctorate Student in  School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • Kathryn Lopez: Managing Emerging Challenges with Galvanic Corrosion in Drinking Water Infrastructure; Doctorate Student in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech. 
  • Stephanie Wilson: From the subsurface to the sky: combining drone and radon surveys to constrain groundwater nutrient discharge; Doctorate Student in Biological Sciences at William and Mary Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Under the Competitive Grants Program, the Water Center considers proposals for funding for student research grants. This program provides support for students at Virginia’s colleges and universities to conduct cutting-edge research that addresses critical water issues in Virginia and the region. Proposals are considered in all areas of water resources. Submitted proposals are reviewed on their intellectual merit, innovation, likelihood of success, broader impacts on Virginians, and alignment with state or regional water resources challenges.

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