Kelsey Bicknell Receives First Woodard & Curran Scholarship for Water Treatment Studies

Published: 6/23/2017

On Tuesday, June 13, Kelsey Bicknell was awarded the first Woodard & Curran Scholarship during the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) Annual Conference & Exposition, ACE17. Bicknell will use the $5,000 scholarship during her first year as a graduate student at the University of New Mexico where she will be pursuing a Master’s of Science degree in the Department of Civil Engineering. 

The Woodard & Curran Scholarship was established through the AWWA scholarship program to encourage and support female and/or minority Master’s students in pursuit of training in the field of water treatment. Bicknell just finished her undergraduate degree at the University of New Mexico this spring, but already has a clear idea of how she wants to impact the water resources field. She describes her undergraduate degree as a blend of, “hydrology and Geographic Information Systems courses with advanced mathematics” that she combined, “to not only study, but quantify the hydrology of the region around me.” She plans to build on this body of work during her Master’s program and specifically wants to explore how to close the nutrient gap between wastewater and agriculture along the Rio Grande river for further applications in other arid basins worldwide. 

Last year, Bicknell interned for the Water Resources Division of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority and has already presented her undergraduate research work at multiple conferences. One of her professors described her as “an excellent young scientist who wants to continue to apply her knowledge, talent and expertise to develop holistic methods for managing the synergies and tradeoffs associated with the food, energy and water nexus in an urban-agricultural system.”

The American Water Works Association is an international, nonprofit, scientific and educational society dedicated to providing total water solutions assuring the effective management of water. Founded in 1881, the Association is the largest organization of water supply professionals in the world.

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