Collegiate water researchers: cash awards available

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Managing the state’s limited water supply to be sustainable for future generations is a common goal among Arizona water leaders. For some college students, it’s a hot topic for academic research.

CAP wants to recognize and reward students for those efforts through the CAP Award for Water Research.

Submissions for this year’s award are being accepted through June 1, 2022. The first-place winner will receive $1,000; the second-place winner will receive $500. Winners will be notified in the fall.

In 2021, first place honors went to Xin Guan for “Quantifying the impacts of climate change on the water-food nexus in central Arizona through crop, water management, and climate models.”. Second place was awarded to Davian Peterson for “Evaluating the impacts of atmospheric rivers on the Rillito Creek Watershed.”

Know some similarly minded Arizona undergraduate or graduate students? Send them this link to the CAP Award for Water Research submission form. Original research submitted for this award should focus specifically on water issues that affect central and southern Arizona and the Colorado River. Papers can focus on legal, economic, political, environmental, or water management issues, as well as any other issue that might be of interest to CAP or Arizona water users. Priority will be given to Colorado River issues.

CAP hopes the Award for Research will:

  • Encourage and support excellence in water research in Arizona’s colleges and universities.
  • Reach and encourage college-level students interested in pursuing careers in water resource management.
  • Increase public interest in water issues associated with the use of Colorado River water in central and southern Arizona.
  • Reinforce CAP’s commitment to water education to hundreds of faculty members and students.

For a list of suggested topics and the online entry form, visit the Award for Research.

Questions? Contact Nick Walter.