Student Awards

MT AWRA Student Awards and Presentation Opportunities:
Training of future water professionals…

Each year at the Montana Section AWRA meeting, students are encouraged to present their research to the water research community. Often, engaging discussions are prompted by these presentations, giving students an opportunity to hone their professional scientific communication skills. A committee of water professionals views all student papers, offering small financial awards to top paper and poster presenters. For more information about this opportunity, contact water@montana.edu. The annual student awardees are acknowledged below.

2016 – Fairmont Hot Springs, Fairmont, Montana

Oral Presentations

  • First place – Katie Fogg, Montana State University
  • Second place – Katherine Davis, Montana Sate University
  • Third place – Zachary Hoylman, University of Montana

Poster Presentations

  • First place – Christine Brissette, University of Montana
  • Second place – Renee Schmidt, Montana Tech
  • Third place – Meryl Storb, Montana State University

 

2015 – Holiday Inn Downtown, Missoula, Montana

Oral Presentations

  • First place – Sara Edinberg, Montana Tech
  • Second place – Sharon Bywater-Reyes, University of Montana
  • Third place – Paul Herendeen, Colorado State University

Poster Presentations

  • First place – Zach Hoylman, University of Montana
  • Second place (tie) – Mariah Bell, University of Montana
  • Second place (tie) – Danika Holmes, Montana State University
  • Third place – Jeremy Harwood, Montana Tech

 

2014 – Hilton Garden Inn, Kalispell, Montana

Oral Presentations

  • First prize – Anna Bergstrom
  • Second prize – Nate Looker
  • Third prize – Loga Fixico

Poster Presentations

       Bachelor’s level

  • First prize – Bob West
  • Second prize – Harvey Sansaver
  • Third prize – Travis Beauvais

Poster Presentations

        Master’s of PhD level

  • First prize – April Sawyer
  • Second prize – Zach Hoylman
  • Third prize – Justin Martin
2013 – GranTree Inn, Bozeman, Montana

Presentations

  • First prize – Elliot Barnhart
  • Second prize – George Williams
  • Third prize – Jacob Feistner

Poster Presentations

  • First prize – John Anderson
  • Second prize – Capri Gillam
  • Third prize – Amber McGivern
2012 – Fairmont Hot Springs, Fairmont, Montana

Presentations

  • First prize – W. Adam Sigler
  • Second prize – Ada Montague
  • Third prize – Grant Zimmerman

Poster Presentations

  • First prize – Sharon Bywater-Reyes
  • Second prize – Brett Woebler
  • Third prize – Erika Colaiacomo
2011 – Great Falls

PhD Presentations

  • First prize – Tim Covino, Montana State University
  • Second prize (Tie) –Tyler Smith and Fabian Nippgen, both of Montana State University

Master’s presentations

  • First prize – Leslie Piper, Montana State University
  • Second prize – John Mallard, Montana State University
  • Third prize Master’s presentation – Brian Swindell, Montana State University

Poster Presentations

  • First prize – Samantha Caldwell, University of Montana
  • Second prize – Elizabeth Bramlett-White, Montana Tech
  • Third prize – Padraic Stoy, Montana State University
2010 – Helena

  • First prize presentation – Leslie Piper, Montana State University
  • Second prize presentation – LeslieSeth Kurt-Mason, Montana State University
  • First prize poster – Leslie Anne Marie Reinhold, Montana State University
  • Second prize poster – Joe Naughton, Montana State University
  • Third prize poster – Erwin Jeremiah, University of New South Wales
2009 – Missoula

  • First prize presentation – Blasé Reardon, University of Montana, Master’s student in Geosciences
  • Second prize presentation Adam Sepulveda, University of Montana, PhD student in Biology
  • Third prize presentation Garrett Smith, Montana Tech, Master’s student in Geosciences
  • First prize poster Seth Kurt-Mason, MSU, Master’s student in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Second prize poster John Babcock, Montana Tech, Master’s student in Geosciences
2008 – Big Sky

  • First prize presentation: Antony Berthelote, PhD student, University of Montana
  • Second prize presentation: Lisa Kirk, PhD student, Montana State University
  • Third prize presentation: Sunni Heikes-Knapton, MS student, Montana State University
  • First prize poster: Kelsey Jensco, PhD student, Montana State University
  • Second prize poster: Able Mashamba, PhD student, Montana State University
2007 – Lewistown

  • First prize presentation: Margie Kinnersley, University of Montana
  • Second prize presentation: Dale Engstrom, University of Montana
  • First prize poster: Adam Sigler, Montana State University
  • Second prize poster: Sarah Summerford, Montana State University
2006 – Polson

  • First prize presentation: Sunni Heikes-Knapton, Montana State University
  • Second prize presentation: Richard Labbe, Montana State University
  • First prize poster: Mark Schaffer, Montana State University
  • Second prize poster: Margie Kinnersley, University of Montana
2005 – Bozeman

  • First prize paper: Tracy Grant, Montana Tech
  • Second prize paper: Dale Engstrom, University of Montana
  • Third prize paper: Tim Covino, Montana State University
  • First prize poster: Dan Hoffman, University of Montana
  • Second prize poster: Steve Cook, Montana State University
  • Third prize poster: Vince Pacific, Montana State University
2004 – Helena

  • First prize paper: Kristin Gardner, Montana State University
  • Second prize paper: Ryan McLane, Montana State University
  • Third prize paper: Steve Parker, Montana Tech
  • First prize poster: Tim Covino, Montana State University
  • Second prize poster: Kristin Gardner, Montana State University
2003 – Butte – Congratulations to four students who were recognized for exceptional paper and poster presentations at the 2003 AWRA meeting Butte!

  • First Prize Paper: Cain Diehl , University of Montana
  • Second Prize Paper: Matt Blank , Montana State University
  • Third Prize Paper: Amy Groen, University of Montana
  • First Prize Poster: Brian Boer, University of Montana
2002 – Livingston

  • 1st – Matt Vitale, Hydrological, Geochemical, and Biological Factors on Silica Deposition in a Hot Spring Fed Creek in Yellowstone NP
  • 2nd – Kimberly MacHardy-Mitman, The Potential for Natural Wetlands to Remediate Copper-Contaminated Water
  • 3rd – Mary Louise Polzin, Recruitment of Populus augustifolia along the Upper Yellowstone River: sexual or asexual?
2001 – Missoula

  • 1st – Molly M. Johnson, M.S. Student and William Woessner – Geology, UM- The Fate of Sewage Effluent Nutrients Applied to Coarse-grained Soils by Sprinkler Irrigation: Preliminary Results
  • 2nd – Brian Boer, M.S. Student, John Harvala, and William Woessner – Geology, UM – Preliminary Impact Assessment of Septic System Effluent Discharge on the Groundwater and Surface Water in Lolo, MT
  • 3rd – Ying Xie, M.S. Student and Christopher Gammons, Geological Engineering, MT Tech of UM — Experimental Investigation Of The Causes Of Diurnal Cycling Of Zinc In A Stream Impacted By Mine DrainageYing Xie
2000 – W. Yellowstone

  • 1st – O’Brien Hollow, M.S. Student – Riparian and Wetland Research Program – UM School of Forestry – Baseline Data and the Methodology for Evaluating Management Changes on a Great Plains River in Montana
  • 2nd – Stephanie K. Mulica, M.S. Student with Donald Potts, and Ward McCaughey – School of Forestry – University of Montana – Instream Flow Requirements for Riparian Vegetation in West-Central Montana
1999 – Great
Falls

  • 1st – George Furniss – Ph.D. – UM – Geology – Distinguishing Acid Mine Drainage from Acid Rock Drainage using Trace Elements in Ferricrete
  • 2nd – Martha Kauffman – M.S. MSU – Geology – Modeling Ground Water – Surface Water Interaction in the Lower Flint Creek Valley
  • Poster – Joel Biederman M.S. , MSAU, Civil Eng. – Performance Data from Model Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment
1998 – Helena
(first place tie)

  • Amy Chadwick – M.S. UM – Forestry (Riparian mgmt.) – Evaluating Grazing Use Level Indicators as Best Mgmt. Practices (BMPs) for Protecting Water Quality in Western Montana – The Medicine Lodge Creek Watershed
  • Alexander Durst – M.S., MSU – Earth Science – Geologic Controls of Spring Discharge, Miller Creek Basin, New World MIning District, Montana
1997 – Butte

  • 1st – Robert Fischer — Ph,D. – UM – Chemistry – Polyamine-Silica Composites: An Economical and Effective Remediation and Abatement Material for Metal Ion Containing Aqueous Waste Streams
  • 2nd – K.F.A. Van Ommen Kloeke, Ph.D. – MSU – Microbiology& Center for Biofilm Engineering, An Automated System for the Enumeration of Cryptosporidium oocysts in Environmental Samples
1996 – Dillon

  • 1st – Bruce Lauerman – UM – M.S.- Geology – Results of a Virus Seeding Experiment in an Unconfined, Sand & Gravel Aquifer, Frenchtown, Montana
  • 2nd – Pat Hettinger – M.S. UM – Forestry – Integrating Social Assessment with Biophysical Characterization for the Watershed Protection Planning in the Upper Tenmile Drainage near Helena Montana
1995 – Bozeman

  • 1st – Steve Anderson, MT TECH, Economic and Social Value of Recovered Berkeley Pit Water Resources
  • 2nd – Thomas McCamant – UM – Fate of Septic System- Derived Nitrate in a Portion of the Rock Creek Valley
  • 3rd – J. Mockel, UM – Stream Channel Adjustment Following a Major Flood on a Northern Rocky Mountain Front Stream

Some presentation and poster tips for students (and professionals!)

Anyone can Google advice for effective presentations. However, previous MT AWRA judges have noted a few suggestions regarding presentation content that could be worth noting:

  1. What is the goal of the study? State this early and often, and then tell the audience how this was achieved (or is being achieved, or was not achieved).
  2. Why is the study important? Why does it matter? It might be fantastic work and the presentation could be impeccable, but the audience should come away with the meaning and significance of the study.
  3. Don’t assume that everyone in the audience was at previous presentations. This means that you might have to repeat something from your colleague that spoke before you, but repetition is better than losing your audience.

And a link to an entertaining and worthwhile read regarding posters:
http://colinpurrington.com/tips/academic/posterdesign
(Gets pretty funny around the subtitle “Presenting the poster”)

 


Montana Student wins National AWRA Award

2001 Richard A. Herbert Scholarship Winner

The American Water Resources Association has selected the recipients for its 2001-2002 Richard A. Herbert Memorial Educational Scholarships. Over 30 applications from around the country and overseas, were considered for receipt of the two $1,000 scholarships (one graduate and one undergraduate).

Carl J. Legleiter of Colorado Springs, Colorado is the recipient of the Richard A. Herbert Memorial Educational Scholarship, Undergraduate Student Category. Enrolled at Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, Carl is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Geohydrology and maintains a 4.0 Grade Point Average. His academic interests include surface and groundwater resources, western water policy, stream ecology, statistics and geographic information systems. He has received numerous honors and awards, among them the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Carl has worked on field studies in Yellowstone National Park and Montana’s Paradise Valley. Earlier this year he won the Water Resources Specialty Group’s Student Paper Award for a paper he presented at the Association of American Geographers annual meeting. He plans to attend graduate school then work as a professor, “staying on the forefront of research and passing on …knowledge to future students, hopefully inspiring others to seek to understand and protect America’s waterways.”