Texas A&M Water Day 2024 showcases next generation of water scientists

Research posters, students and faculty at Texas A&M Water Day 2024. (Photo by Leslie Lee, TWRI.)

March 27 at Texas A&M University, students filled the 12th Man Hall in the Memorial Student Center with research posters featuring innovative and emerging water science. Texas A&M Water Day 2024 brought together faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students from many Texas A&M departments and programs as well as from Prairie View A&M University.

The annual Texas A&M Water Day includes a morning poster competition and an afternoon water seminar, and it is hosted by the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) and the Texas A&M Water Management and Hydrological Science Program in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Students displayed 32 research posters and competition winners received a total of $15,000 in scholarships, administered by TWRI.

Ali Fares, Ph.D., professor of water security at Prairie View A&M University presented the seminar, discussing the 5th National Climate Assessment in relation to the Southern Great Plains and Texas.

Anshul Yadav, doctoral student in the Zachary Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Texas A&M won first place in the research poster competition and a $7,500 scholarship for his research poster, “A Novel Algorithm for Monitoring Reservoir Surface Areas in the Western US using the improved Temporal Resolution of the Harmonized Landsat and Sentinel Data.”

Jiang Zheng, doctoral student in the Texas A&M School of Architecture, won second place and a $5,000 scholarship for his research poster, “Restoring the Lost Resacas: Wetland Restoration in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas.”

Rene Francis Simbi Mvuyekure, doctoral student in the Texas A&M Water Management and Hydrological Science Program, won third place and a $2,500 scholarship for his research poster, “Assessing the Effects of Tillage Management and Cover Crops on Soil Water Dynamics and Soil Carbon Sequestration in Semi-Arid Irrigated Cotton Production Systems.”

The poster competition awards are funded by the W.G. Mills Memorial Fellowship in Hydrology, established to promote the development and conservation of water resources in Texas and develop leadership for tomorrow’s water resources managers. Since 2001, TWRI has awarded more than $552,700 in Mills scholarships to support 215 students involved in water-related studies.

View photos from Water Day and the winning posters.

For more information about Texas A&M Water Day, contact WMHS-ProgramCoordinator@tamu.edu.  


As communications manager, Leslie Lee leads TWRI's communications and marketing strategy and team, manages TWRI's publications, and coordinates effective communications support for TWRI's numerous projects serving the state of Texas.

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