NWRI Fellowship Program 2021
The NWRI Fellowship program awards funds to graduate students who are conducting water research in the United States. To be eligible, students must be accepted and enrolled in an US-based graduate program. Fellowships are underwritten by BioLargo, Inc., The American Membrane Technology Association, and the Southern California Salinity Coalition. To read Fellowship reports, follow the link in each student's profile.
The deadline to apply for academic fellowships for the 2021-22 academic year is April 30, 2021 at 11:39 PM Pacific Time. Download application forms and instructions below.
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Fellowships Offered in 2021
NWRI Member Agency Graduate Fellowship: $5,000
Research must be related to developing and/or enhancing drinking water supplies and water resources in general. Research topics may include: New treatment technologies; improvements to existing treatment and management technologies; sustainability issues, including water/energy nexus; water policy and regulation; and natural resource economics.
NWRI-BioLargo Graduate Fellowship: $5,000
Research must be related to technical and scientific aspects of advanced water and wastewater treatments. Research topics may include: New treatment technologies; improvements to existing technologies; disinfection processes; and exploratory research.
NWRI-AMTA Graduate Fellowships for Membrane Technology: $10,000
Research must be related to the advancement of membrane technology in the water, wastewater, or water reuse industries, and must be consistent with AMTA’s mission to solve water supply and quality issues through the widespread application of membrane technology. Research topics may include: membrane bioreactors (MBRs), fouling and scaling control, efficiency (removal, recovery, energy use, pretreatment processes, and membrane materials.
NWRI-Southern California Salinity Coalition Graduate Fellowship: $10,000
The student must be enrolled at an accredited college or university in Southern California. Research must address the critical need to remove or reduce salts from water supplies, and to preserve water resources in Southern California. Research topics may include: Concentrate management, institutional and regulatory/policy issues, economic analysis, and innovative treatment technologies.
Fellowship Recipients (2020-2021)
NWRI/BioLargo, Inc., Fellowship
This fellowship funds research about the technical and scientific aspects of advanced water and wastewater treatment. This fellowship is underwritten by BioLargo, Inc.
Lorianne Shultz, University of Central Florida
Lori is pursuing her doctorate in chemistry with a focus on materials for catalytic, environmental applications under the guidance of Dr. Titel Jurca.
Her focus is on synthesizing heterogenous catalysts that are resistant to chlorine poisoning for the remediation of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in water. She is also working to better understand the mechanisms of these catalytic reactions which would lead to the production of more efficient and tunable catalysts.
NWRI Member Agency Fellowship
This fellowship funds research about developing and/or enhancing drinking water supplies and water resources in general.
Yanghua Duan, UC Berkeley
Yanghua is a doctoral candidate working under the supervision of Dr. David Sedlak, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Yanghua’s research examines the feasibility of incorporating electrochemical advanced oxidation into drywell systems to treat and recharge stormwater runoff. The research aims to provide a new approach to utilizing urban stormwater runoff to augment our drinking water supply.
Wei-Cheng (Wayne) Hung, UCLA
Wayne Hung is a PhD candidate working under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Jay, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UCLA.
His research mainly focuses on the prevalence, persistence, and effects of heavy metal co-selection on antibiotic resistance in the environment. In this proposal, he anticipates to elucidate co-selective pressure for antibiotic resistance exerted by heavy metals in urban stormwater.
NWRI/AMTA Fellowship for Membrane Technology
The NWRI/AMTA Fellowship supports research to advance membrane technologies in the water, wastewater, or water reuse industries. Research must be consistent with the American Membrane Technology Association's vision of "Solving water supply and quality issues through the widespread application of membrane technology."
Yousuf Bootwala, Georgia Institute of Technology
Yousuf is a third year doctoral student working under the supervision of Dr. Marta Hatzell, in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.
His current research focuses on evaluating and improving the transport and selectivity of 2D titanium carbide membranes for applications in water treatment as well as for resource recovery.
Stephanie Ribet, Northwestern University
Stephanie Ribet is a third year PhD student in Professor Vinayak Dravid’s lab working on developing nanocomposite materials for water remediation.
Using the Dravid group's Oleophilic, Hydrophobic, and Magnetic (OHM) sponge for oil spill cleanup as a platform technology, she is tailoring membranes to recover other toxins including nutrients and heavy metals. Her work is focused on understanding the structure-property relationships of these membranes to optimize their performance using a number of microscopy and spectroscopy techniques.
The NWRI-Southern California Salinity Coalition (SCSC) Fellowship supports research that addresses the critical need to remove or reduce salts from water supplies and to preserve water resources in Southern California. Such research includes institutional and regulatory issues, economics of reducing salinity, regional and watershed planning solutions, and public education, outreach, and awareness. Visit the SCSC website for more information.
Mackenzie Anderson, UCLA
Mackenzie Anderson is a third year PhD student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry working under advisor Dr. Richard Kaner.
She now focuses her research on materials for chemically tolerant and selective membranes as well as coatings for the reduction of mineral scale on desalination membranes.
An NSF Innovation at the Nexus of Food Energy and Water Systems Trainee, Anderson views her research in the context of sustainable water management. She has had the opportunity to be a leader in campus sustainability infrastructure planning and broaden her understanding of water systems through research on remote sensing of Earth's water at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
The NWRI-WateReuse Fellowship funds research related to the advancement of recycled water treatment technology and policy, for either potable or non-potable reuse of water.
Hannah Greenwald, UC Berkeley
Hannah is a fourth year doctoral student at UC Berkeley working under the supervision of Kara Nelson, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Her research focuses on how transitioning to direct potable reuse will impact microorganisms in drinking water distribution systems.