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The Alaska Section, American Water Resources Association, is pleased to announce its intent to award a scholarship for graduate-level research in the area of water-resources in Alaska. A scholarship of up to $2500 will be awarded on a competitive basis upon evaluation of research proposals submitted by current graduate students. Applicants must be enrolled at least part time (6 credits minimum) in a graduate study program at any accredited Alaskan university or college and carry a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or better. Applicant's full-time or part-time status will be considered during the review process. Research topics must pertain to Alaskan water resources issues.

Scholarships can be awarded to students who have previously received an AWRA Alaska Section scholarship, however, there must be distinct progress demonstrated if a continuation of the same research or the topic must be completely different research. Students who have applied in the past but did not receive a scholarship are encouraged to re-apply.

Proposal and Application Requirements

The Awards and Grants Committee, on the basis of the following weighted criteria, will evaluate proposals received by the application deadline:

  • Technical feasibility
  • Contribution to the understanding of Alaskan water resources and water-resource management
  • Clarity of presentation (background, objectives, methods (data collection and analysis)
  • Three letters of reference, including telephone numbers
  • Academic Achievement (review of transcripts from graduate school). The submitted proposal packet should include:
  • Cover letter
  • Three letters of reference
  • Proposal - should not exceed five pages and should include:
  • Introduction and research thesis statement
  • Objectives
  • Description of proposed methodology
  • Including data collection and analysis
  • With details of any specialized techniques or instrumentation
  • Schedule for completion
  • Statement on how scholarship funds will contribute to the research

To be given full consideration for the 2019 awards, and to allow for the presentation at the 2019 AWRA Spring Conference, the education committee chair must receive papers by Jan 25, 2019. Papers received after this date may not be considered for the 2019 competition. Winners will be announced February 25th, 2019.

Scholarship winners who agree to present results of their research at the next Alaska-Section Annual Meeting will have all meeting registration fees waived.

Written Proposals should be mailed to:

Jon Zufelt
Awards and Grants Committee Chair
AWRA Alaska Section
HDR Alaska, Inc.
2525 C Street, Suite 500
Anchorage, AK 99503
Ph: 907-644-2193; Fax: 907-644-2022
Email: jon.zufelt@hdrinc.com

Past Award Recipients


"Remediation of sulfolane contaminated groundwater in above ground aerobic bioreactors via nutrient stimulation" - Christopher Kasanke, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
"Modeling water quality on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta under current and future climatic scenarios and predicting the effects of water-quality changes relevant to medium- and long-term wildlife biology and civil infrastructure" - Jon Allen, University of Alaska Anchorage.
"Modeling the well-constrained impacts of recent extreme weather events on water delivery to downstream users in a glaciated Alaskan watershed" - Johnse Ostman, Alaska Pacific University.
"Trace element fluxes from a high-latitude island arc watershed" - Haley Huff, University of Alaska Anchorage.

2013 "Historical and future extreme hydro-climate events in warm-permafrost basins of Interior Alaska" - Katrina Bennett, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
2012 "Fate, Transport and Mobility of Lead and Antimony Associated with Weathering Bullet Fragments in Range Soil near Delta Junction, Alaska" -Amanda J. Baker, University of Alaska Fairbanks
2012 "Social and institutional barriers to a sustained access to safe drinking water and sanitation in Alaska Native villages" -Fatima Ochante, University of Alaska Fairbanks
2012 "Assessment of Flood Hazard Potential in the Valdez Glacier Watershed" - Jennifer Davis, University of Alaska Fairbanks
2012 "A Hydraulic Isoscape in South Central Alaska" -Tim Johnson, Alaska Pacific University
2011 "Nutrient limitation of the snow alga Chlamydomonas nivalis and its role in the surface melt on the Harding Icefield, Alaska: an experimental and observational approach" - Amy Dethlefs, Alaska Pacific University
2011 "Drinking water sources in Alaskan villages" - Tereza Bendlova, University of Alaska Fairbanks
2010 "Distributed Snowmelt Energy Balance Modeling in Conjunction with MODIS-based Fractional Snow-covered Area Data" - Joel Homan, University of Alaska Fairbanks
2010 "Glacial influence on Water Resources of the Eklutna River Basin" - Ann M. Laquier, Alaska Pacific University
2008 "Modeled Continual Surface Water Storage Change of the Yukon River Basin" - Rena Bryan
2006 "Paraffin Biodegradation in Cold Environment" - Agota Anna Horel
2006 "Glacier dammed Lakes of Alaska-Changes over Time" - David Wolfe