Grad student and professor win prestigious paper award

Monday, November 12, 2018

An environmental engineering graduate studies student and his supervisor recently won the 2017 Water Resources Research Editors' Choice Award for a paper based on their research.

The paper, entitled "Role of small water bodies in landscape nutrient processing," was co-authored by Frederick Cheng, an environmental engineering doctoral candidate, and Nandita Basu, right, a civil and environmental professor

Nandita Basu, civil and environmental engineering professor
and Cheng's PhD supervisor. 

The Editors' Choice Award, launched in 2011 by Water Resources Research, is awarded to about one per cent of published articles in any calendar year to provide professional recognition to scientists for their work. The selection is made by the editors of WRR based on technical significance, novelty, originality, presentation, and broader implications of the publication.

Frederick Cheng
Earlier this year, Cheng was the recipient of the 2018 Horton Research Grant Award for $10,000, which he will use to do research at Princeton University for a semester. His current research is focused on exploring the role of wetland size on nutrient processing and its influence on regional or watershed nutrient cycles.

Cheng, left, completed both his undergraduate and master’s degrees in environmental engineering at Waterloo.