New Waves July 2009

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

Graduate students receive water research scholarships

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) recently funded Mills Scholarships to 10 Texas A&M University graduate students for the 2009-10 academic year to pursue water-related research.

TWRI’s Mills Scholars Program, an endowed fund that supports research in water conservation and management, provided the $1,500 scholarships to the students to use for education-related expenses. TWRI uses the Mills Scholars program to encourage and assist current and prospective Texas A&M University graduate students addressing priority water resources issues facing Texas.

Students receiving the scholarships are:

  • Hannah Childress and Di Long, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Bhavna Arora, Water Management and Hydrologic Science
  • Takele Dinka and Leonardo Rivera, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences
  • Chandana Damodaram, Celso Moller Ferreira, Marcio Hofheinz Giacomoni and Sanjay Tewari, Zachry Department of Civil Engineering
  • Yixiao Liu, Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning
This year’s Mills Scholars research includes such topics as using the hydrologic footprint model to model best management practices and determine downstream effects, examining the effects of land use, using UV light disinfection to reduce the concentration of tetracycline-resistant genes, and investigating the use of green roof technology to mitigate stormwater runoff.

Mills Cox, a former chairman of the Texas Water Development Board, funded the W.G. Mills Endowment, which provides the scholarships.

For more information on the Mill’s Scholarship Program or to learn more about the students’ projects, contact Cecilia Wagner, TWRI project manager, at 979.458.1138 or

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