Mills Scholarship awarded to four TAMU students

2020 Mills Scholarship recipients, left to right, Amanda Goldsmith, Alexander Kiser, Rebecca Owens, and Matthew Stellbauer.

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has awarded 2020 Mills Scholarships to four graduate students conducting water-related research at Texas A&M University.

The scholarship winners are:

  • Amanda M. Goldsmith, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Advisors: Dr. Charles Randklev, Dr. Roel Lopez. Research: Using upper thermal limits for select mussel species to guide water management practices in the Edwards Plateau.
  • Alexander H. Kiser, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Advisor: Dr. Charles Randklev. Research: The effects of land use change on threatened and endangered mussel species in Texas utilizing ecological niche modeling.
  • Rebecca A. Owens, Department of Water Management and Hydrological Sciences. Advisor: Dr. John R. Giardino. Research: The future and fate of microplastics in fluvial systems; potential impacts on biogeomorphology of urban rivers.
  • Matthew Stellbauer, Department of Water Management and Hydrological Sciences. Advisor: Dr. Wendy Jepson. Research: Household water insecurities: Tradeoffs, compromises, and dynamics between domestic use and small scale farmer-led production.

TWRI administers the Mills Scholars Program, an annual competitive scholarship program supporting graduate research in water at Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University-Galveston and Texas A&M University-Qatar. This program is funded through the W.G. Mills Memorial Endowment. Since 2001, TWRI has funded scholarships for 196 students involved in water-related studies.

The Mills Scholars Program will begin accepting applications for the 2021 academic year in fall 2020. For more information, see the program’s webpage



As the former communications manager for TWRI, Kathy Wythe provided leadership for the institute's communications, including a magazine, newsletters, brochures, social media, media relations and special projects. 

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