TWRI awards three graduate student research grants

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has awarded U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) graduate student research grants to three students for September 1, 2021–August 31, 2022.

The grant winners are:

  • Andre Felton, Department of Environmental Science and Ecology at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Advisor: Jeffrey T. Hutchinson. Research: Evaluation and characterization of microplastics along an ephemeral stream.
  • Justin Thompson, Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin. Advisor: Dr. Michael Young. Research: Exploring groundwater recoverability in Texas.
  • Sayantan Samanta, Water Management and Hydrological Science Program at Texas A&M University. Advisor: Srinivasulu Ale. Research: Impact of soil management practices on water conservation and enhancing climate resilience.

TWRI administers the program with funds from USGS through the National Institutes for Water Resources. Since 2001, TWRI has awarded more than $697,000 in USGS grants to support 130 students in water resources-related fields. This program is supported by funding received from the USGS through the Water Resources Research Act of 1984.

TWRI’s USGS Graduate Research Program will begin accepting applications for September 2022–August 2023 during spring 2022 and is open to graduate students at all universities in Texas. For more information, see the program’s web page.


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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