New Waves June 2011

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

Graduate students receive water research grants

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) recently funded 10 water-related research projects for graduate students from Texas A&M University, The University of Texas, West Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, Sam Houston State University, Texas State University and The University of Texas at Arlington.

The students were awarded up to $5,000 to begin, expand or extend water-related research projects. The institute funds the graduate student projects with funds provided by the U.S. Geological Survey as part of the National Institutes for Water Research annual research program.

TWRI will publish articles and reports about the progress of each project. Graduate students funded and their projects are:

  • Jacob Becker (advisor: Brent Bean), West Texas A&M University—Assessing Low Ear Placement Corn Hybrids as a Way of Increasing Water Use Efficiency;
  • Cora Lea West Emerson (advisor: Dick L. Auld), Texas Tech University—Cotton-Biofuels Production Systems in a Changing High Plains Environment;
  • Rebecca Hammond (advisor: Tim Pannkuk), Sam Houston State University—Landscape Coefficients in Mixed Species Landscapes;
  • Nina Ivanova (advisor: Nicole Zacharia), Texas A&M University—Reusable Magnetic Janus Particle Scavengers for Environmentally-Friendly Remediation of Contaminated Water Bodies;
  • Sarah Keithley (advisor: Mary Jo Kirisits), University of Texas—Effect of Treatment on Harvested Rainwater Quality;
  • C. Prakash Khedun (advisors: Vijay P. Singh and John R. Giardino), Texas A&M University— An Assessment of Water Availability in Texas Using the NOAH Land Surface Model;
  • Shae Luther (advisor: Laura J. Stroup), Texas State University— Benefits and Costs of Water Reuse Programs in Texas;
  • April Mattox (advisor: Jason West), Texas A&M University—Effects of Woody Vegetation Removal on Groundwater Recharge in the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer;
  • Michael Neisch (advisor: Michael Masser), Texas A&M University— Evaluation of Grass Carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) as a Biocontrol Agent for Giant Salvinia (Salvinia molesta)
  • Prince Nfodzo (advisor: Hyeok Choi), University of Texas at Arlington— In Situ Remediation of the Trinity River Sediment Contaminated with Polychlorinated Biphenyls.
For more information about the grant program and students’ projects, go to

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