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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 $2,500 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 will evaluate proposals received by the application deadline based on the following criteria:

  • Technical feasibility
  • Contribution to the understanding of Alaskan water resources and water-resource management
  • Clarity of presentation (background, objectives, methods (data collection and analysis)
  • Letters of reference
  • Academic Achievement (review of transcripts from graduate school).
The submitted proposal packet must include:
  • Cover letter
  • Two letters of reference, including telephone numbers and email addresses
  • Academic transcripts (do not need to be official)
  • Proposal - should not exceed five pages and should include:
  • Introduction and research thesis statement
  • Objectives
  • Description of proposed methodology including
  • Data collection and analysis
  • 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 2022 awards, all documents must be received by April 1, 2022.
Scholarship winners are expected to present results of their research at an AWRA Brown Bag seminar or annual meeting. No annual meeting is currently scheduled at this time.

Proposals should be emailed to:

AWRA Alaska
Subject: Awards and Grants Committee

Past Award Recipients


"Quantifying peat carbon mass using ground-penetrating radar (GPR) in high-latitude peatlands of the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska "- Cameron Kuhle, University of Alaska Anchorage.

"Attachment, Detachment, and Implications of Biofilms in Water Distribution System; & Implication of Covid-19 Related Building Closures on Water Quality at UAF "- Fayzul Kabir, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

"Pingos Windows to the Past, Present, and Future: Application of Paleoclimate Reconstruction and Hydrological Isotope Modeling from Pingos in Reconstruction of Arctic Watershed Dynamics "- Logan Wieland, University of Alaska Anchorage.

"Characterization of Biofilms from Full-scale Drinking Water Distribution Pipe Mains in an Arctic Utilidor System"- Md Ibnul Hasan, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

"Effect of intermittent aeration in conventional biological aerated filter; an alternate option for wastewater treatment in rural Alaska "- Muradur Rashedin, University of Alaska Fairbanks.


"Variability of freshwater sources contributing to runoff in coastal glacierized watersheds in the Gulf of Alaska" "- Jordan Jenckes, University of Alaska Anchorage.


"Synthetic Aperture Radar: A remote sensing approach to detecting potential methane superseeps in Alaskan lakes "- Natalie Tyler, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

"An evaluation of GPR techniques for analyzing the safety of Interior Alaskan ice roads under varying river ice and environmental conditions "- Elizabeth Richards, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

"Utilizing Structure from Motion to Monitor Snow Depth and Glacier Change in Eklutna Lake Watershed "- Caroline Brisbois, Alaska Pacific University.


"Arctic Coastal Erosion Forecast Modeling of Utqiagvik, Alaska "- Kristopher Ford, University of Alaska Anchorage.

"Laboratory Investigation of Infiltration Process of Non-Newtonian Fluids through Porous Media in a Non-Isothermal Flow Regime for Effective Remediation of Adsorbed Contaminants" - Fawad Naseer, University of Alaska Fairbanks.


"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.


"Historical and future extreme hydro-climate events in warm-permafrost basins of Interior Alaska" - Katrina Bennett, University of Alaska Fairbanks.


"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

"Social and institutional barriers to a sustained access to safe drinking water and sanitation in Alaska Native villages" -Fatima Ochante, University of Alaska Fairbanks

"Assessment of Flood Hazard Potential in the Valdez Glacier Watershed" - Jennifer Davis, University of Alaska Fairbanks

"A Hydraulic Isoscape in South Central Alaska" -Tim Johnson, Alaska Pacific University


"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

"Drinking water sources in Alaskan villages" - Tereza Bendlova, University of Alaska Fairbanks


"Distributed Snowmelt Energy Balance Modeling in Conjunction with MODIS-based Fractional Snow-covered Area Data" - Joel Homan, University of Alaska Fairbanks

"Glacial influence on Water Resources of the Eklutna River Basin" - Ann M. Laquier, Alaska Pacific University


"Modeled Continual Surface Water Storage Change of the Yukon River Basin" - Rena Bryan


"Paraffin Biodegradation in Cold Environment" - Agota Anna Horel

"Glacier dammed Lakes of Alaska-Changes over Time" - David Wolfe


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