Mills Scholarships awarded to five TAMU students

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has awarded 2021 Mills Scholarships to five graduate students conducting water-related research at Texas A&M University.

The scholarship winners are:

  • John Brien, Department of Geology and Geophysics. Advisor: Dr. Peter Knappett. Research: Annual Impact of Short-Term Hydraulic Fracturing in the Eagle Ford Shale Play, Texas.
  • Charles Schaub, Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology/Water Management and Hydrological Science. Advisor: Dr. Georgianne Moore. Research: Investigating total water storage, timing and capacity for mitigating flood and drought hazards in the Texas Coastal Plain.
  • Jacqueline (Jackie) Rambo, Department of Water Management and Hydrologic Sciences. Advisor: Dr. Fouad Jaber. Research: Bank Strength and Bank Vegetation Cover in Texas Streams.
  • Ennis A. Rios, Department of Geography, Water Management and Hydrological Science. Advisor: Dr. George H. Allen. Research: Water Temperature Estimation Using Landsat Satellite Imagery in Google Earth Engine.
  • Anna Marie Van de Graft, Department of Geography. Advisor: Dr. Wendy Jepson. Research: Defining Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH) Insecurity: Urban Barriers, The Homeless Experience & Policy Perception in the Global North.

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 2022 academic year in fall 2021. For more information, see the Mills website.


Danielle Kalisek is the Assistant Director for Institute Operations for the Texas Water Resources Institute. In this role, she manages institute business, particularly the pre-award through account setup processes and state and designated accounts, she also coordinates communications and websites services and needs for the institute.

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