Graduate students Helen Powley and Jessica Mendoza were awarded two of this year’s Graduate Scholarships in Water Research by the Water Institute for their scholastic excellence and success in water research.
The Water Institute awarded five scholarships in all, each valued at $5,000. The scholarships were sponsored by their industry partners Golder Associates, AECOM and Stantec.
This award helps highlight the exceptional strengths of water research and training at the University of Waterloo,” said Professor Philippe Van Cappellen, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ecohydrology.
Doctoral student Helen Powley, from the Ecohydrology research group in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has won the Golder Associates Graduate Scholarship. She has recently completed a groundbreaking modeling study of nutrient cycling in the Mediterranean Sea. The Mediterranean Sea is a natural laboratory to test how humans are affecting the ecological functioning of large water bodies. Helen is working under the supervision of Prof. Philippe Van Cappellen.
Jessica Mendoza, a masters student in the Department of Biology, is jointly supervised by Canada Research Chair Mark Servos and Adjunct Professor Mark McMaster. Jessica uses stable isotopes to track the impact of pulp mill effluent on the fish species white sucker (Catostomus commersonii) in Jackfish Bay, Lake Superior. The seasonal movement of the fish leads to different exposure to the effluent in large complex lakes such as Lake Superior. Results are expected to contribute to better environmental assessment and monitoring.
The three other scholarship winners are Scott Ketcheson from Geography and Environmental Management as well as Silvia Vlad and Fei (Alex) Chen from Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Scholarship recipients will officially receive their awards at the 2014 Water Institute Research Symposium on May 1, 2014.