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Water Center offers undergraduate research awards

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 35 - July 11, 1996

The Virginia Water Resources Research Center has initiated a new summer research fellowship award program to support undergraduate research and education at Virginia Tech.

According to Water Center Director Len Shabman, the goal of this competitive program is to provide research opportunities to outstanding rising seniors and to encourage these students to consider Virginia Tech for a graduate degree in a water-resources area.

Recipients of this year's awards are Nathaniel Rudy, an environmental science major who will work with Ray Reneau, professor of crop and soil environmental sciences, on alternative on-site wastewater treatment systems that could reduce risks of surface and groundwater contamination; Mary Rust, a civil and environmental engineering major who will work with Nancy Love, assistant professor of civil engineering, on a research project that will lead to a better understanding of the metabolic pathways of organisms under anaerobic conditions; and Daniel Liebert, a liberal arts and sciences major, who will conduct field study under the direction of George Simmons, alumni distinguished professor of biology, on the ecology of river systems.

All three students have maintained a QCA of above 3.5 and are highly recommended by their faculty advisors and other faculty members. The award includes a $2,000 student fellowship and $500 for faculty research support.