Even during the quiet but distinctly warm summer sessions, HWR students are still bringing in awards and honors!
Our heartiest congratulations go to these recent student award winners:
Chelsea Kestler, undergraduate in the Bachelor of Science program in Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources, has been selected as the Arizona Hydrological Society Tucson Chapter’s 2012 Leonard Halpenny Intern.
The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students studying hydrology, geology, civil engineering, environmental engineering, geological engineering, renewable natural resources, wastewater management, soil and water science, or other hydrology-related fields. Past participants have included Tucson Water, the U.S. Geological Survey, Montgomery & Associates, Brown and Caldwell, HydroGeoChem, the Arizona Department of Water Resources, Metro Water District, the Nature Conservancy, Pima County Flood Control District, and Clear Creek Associates.
Over the next year, Kestler will receive a stipend while gaining professional work experience with some of these Tucson-area agencies and companies.
Samantha L. McEntire, undergraduate in the Bachelor of Science program in Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources, has been selected as an Arizona Floodplain Management Association Scholar for the forthcoming academic year 2012-2013.
The competition is open to upper-level undergraduate (juniors and seniors) and graduate students studying civil engineering (with water resources emphasis), water resources, including surface hydrology and hydraulics, watershed management, agricultural engineering, geomorphology, and floodplain management.
McEntire will receive a stipend award during the fall and spring semesters this year.
Grey S. Nearing, graduate student in the Ph.D. Hydrology program, was selected to participate in the NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Research Program for U.S. graduate students.
The summer institutes provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering with first-hand experience in Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan. The primary goals of the institutes are to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting and to help students initiate scientific relationships that will enable future collaboration with their foreign counterparts.
Nearing is currently conducting a two-month research project in Beijing, China.
Kirsten Neff, graduate student in the M.S.-Ph.D. Hydrology program, was one of a handful of students selected nationally to participate in the American Meteorological Society and the National Science Foundation Summer Policy Colloquium in Washington, DC.
The number of participants at the colloquium was limited to 50 and included mid-level federal managers and scientists, mid-level private-sector executives, university faculty, and selected graduate students. The colloquium provided participants with:
a basic overview of policies and decision making governing the course and a survey of current and future atmospheric policy issues
opportunities to meet and dialog with federal officials, Congressional staffers, and other decision makers
skills, experience, and contacts to use throughout their professional careers
an educational and professional experience to gauge their aptitude for, and interest in, the challenges of matching atmospheric science to national priorities and scientific program leadership.
Neff attended the intense, 10-day immersive colloquium in atmospheric policy in early June.
You can read more about HWR awards, honors, and recognition for students, faculty, and staff here