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Future University of Illinois Student Receives AWWA Scholarship

Thursday, June 25, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Annie Storey
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Future University of Illinois Student Receives AWWA Scholarship


Students are currently coping with the uncertainty of Fall openings of Universities and Colleges, but AWWA scholarships reduced some of the anxiety of funding education for 37 students this year. While the awards are usually recognized at the annual conference, we took advantage of technology this year with a virtual scholarship recognition event.  The link to the event can be found here.  The AWWA Scholarship portfolio of 27 academic scholarships and the One AWWA Operator Scholarship is managed by AWWA Water Equation, and awards over $200,000 annually for water related research and studies.

The University of Illinois has long been known for its engineering department, which is the reason the 2020 Woodard and Curran Scholarship recipient has decided to more there from Arizona to pursue her master’s degree. Annie Brunton graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biosystems engineering at the University of Arizona and will enter a master’s degree program in agricultural and

biological engineering at the University of Illinois in August. She will be researching denitrifying bioreactors that reduce nitrate and phosphorus levels in agricultural runoff, both of which contribute to algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico. Bioreactors are already a conservation practice in use by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, but they need to be improved and be installed on more farms in order to meet the levels of nitrogen reduction necessary for the Midwest. Her research will specifically look at how features of the bioreactor design impact tradeoffs in the treatment and reduction of nitrate and phosphorus. 


AWWA Scholarship applications will open again in August 2020 with final deadline in mid-December. The awards will be recognized at ACE21 in San Diego, CA. 



Congrats Annie!  We look forward to having you join ISAWWA!

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