May 3, 2017

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Geosyntec Announces Winners of 2017 Student Paper Contest

Geosyntec is pleased to announce and congratulate the winners of our Eighth Annual Student Paper Contest for 2017.

We are proud to continue our support of top students across the United States through our paper competition, and we send our sincere thanks to all participants. The quality of papers received was extremely high and only the narrowest of margins separated the top papers. It really was a difficult decision picking the winners. As always, we also greatly appreciate the support and encouragement from the professors who help us reach out to these top students each year.

The winner of the 2017 Geosyntec Student Paper Competition is Mackenzie Cremeans (Kansas, Advisor: Dr. J.F. Devlin) for her paper entitled "Quantifying Contaminant Mass Discharge at the Groundwater-Surface Water Interface with a New Point Measurement Device." Mackenzie will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the International Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies in Miami, Florida.

Congratulations, Mackenzie!

  • The two second place prizes of $500 each are awarded to: James Sanders (Maryland, Baltimore County, Advisors: Dr. Upal Ghosh and Dr. Cynthia Gilmour) for "Development of a Novel Passive Sampling Device for Methylmercury in Soil and Sediment Pore Waters," and
  • Hannah Rolston (Oregon State, Advisor: Dr. Lewis Semprini)for "Aerobic Cometabolism of 1,4-Dioxane by Isobutane-utilizing Bacteria in Aquifer Microcosms."

Congratulations, James and Hannah!
The three third-place prizes of $300 each are awarded to:

  • Erin Berns (Texas at Austin, Advisor: Dr. Charles Werth) for "Biotic and Abiotic Degradation of Trichloroethylene During Back Diffusion from Low Permeability Porous Media,"
  • Lais Trento (Western Ontario, Advisors: Dr. Jason Gerhard and Dr. Panagiotis Tsourlos) for "Geophysics Tomography for Time-Lapse Mapping of In-Situ STAR," and
  • Mehregan Jalalizadeh (Maryland, Baltimore County, Advisors: Dr. Upal Ghosh) for "In Situ Passive Sampling of Sediment Porewater Enhanced by Periodic Vibration."

Congratulations, Erin, Lais, and Mehregan!

More Information

For more information regarding the 2016 Student Paper Contest, please visit: 2017 Student Paper Contest
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