Two master's students in the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering program have each been awarded a research grant from the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI). Qiao (Amy) Gao and Carolina Mendez were two of ten students from UT Austin, Texas A&M, UT El Paso, and Texas A&M-Kingsville who received a grant of up to $5,000 to begin, expand or extend water-related research projects.
Amy received a grant for her proposal "The Effect of Photovoltaic Nanomaterial Roofing on Harvested Rainwater Quality." Amy's advisor on the project is Dr. Mary Jo Kirisits.
Carolina's proposal on "Trihalomethane Formation Potential in Rainwater Harvested from Different Roofing Materials" also received a grant from the institute. She is co-advised by Dr. Mary Jo Kirisits and Dr. Kerry Kinney.
The institute supports the graduate student projects with funds provided by the U.S. Geological Survey as part of the National Institutes for Water Research annual research program. TWRI will publish articles and reports about the progress of each student's project.
For more information about the grant program and the students' projects, go to USGS Research Grant Recipients