Conservation Matters September 2016

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Proposals invited for 2017-2018 TWRI Graduate Student Research Programs

Proposals invited for 2017-2018 TWRI Graduate Student Research Programs

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has called for pre-proposals for graduate students conducting water resources research in Texas. TWRI has funds available for graduate students at Texas universities through two programs. The U.S. Geological Survey Graduate Research Program is open to all Texas universities, and the TWRI Mills Scholarship Program is open to Texas A&M University — College Station, Galveston and Qatar only.

TWRI anticipates funding six to eight water resources and hydrology graduate research projects, at up to $5,000 each, that have the potential to help Texas solve future water problems. The institute expects the funds will become available to graduate students in spring 2017, with a project timeline of one year. Additionally, those students selected for the Mills Scholarship will also be eligible for an out-of-state tuition waiver.

Proposed research may deal with a wide range of water resources topics. Priority will be given to research addressing the science, technology, policy or socio-economics of:

  • Implementation of state water plan water management strategies including agricultural and urban water conservation, development of new surface water and groundwater sources, desalination, reuse and aquifer storage and recovery
  • Addressing major water quality impairments in Texas including bacteria, dissolved oxygen and mercury
  • Impacts of endangered species listings on water management in the state
  • Impacts of climate variability and drought on water resources and adaptation measures

Priority will also be given to research supporting work of the Texas Water Research Network, or supporting collaboration with a Texas A&M AgriLife Seed Grant project with research that aids in the development of water technology focused on solving Texas water supply issues.

See the request for pre-proposals for additional details. To be considered for these opportunities, students should complete the pre-proposal application and return it to Danielle Kalisek at dmkalisek@tamu.edu on or before Oct. 24. 

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