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Clarkson Students Win Awards At New York State Environmental Conference

Three Clarkson University engineering and science students received awards for research at the annual New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) conference held recently in New York City.  The prizes were received as part of a student paper competition.

Cory McDowell (Ilion, N.Y.), a graduate student in environmental engineering, received first place for research that focused on the migration of petroleum pools following an ethanol spill. Civil engineering senior Jason Hime (Queensbury, N.Y.) and molecular biology junior Alicia Crandall (Sackets Harbor, N.Y.) submitted a joint research project that tied for second place. Their research focused on stimulating the biodegradation of trichloroethylene (TCE) contaminated soil.

The students were evaluated based on abstracts and presentations. Winners received cash prizes and were recognized at an awards luncheon. In addition, the conference provided students the opportunity to meet and discuss environmental issues with a broad spectrum of professionals, including engineers, regulators, municipal officials, scientists, administrators, and operators. 

“Our students did a first-rate job of designing and developing meaningful research projects and were well rewarded for their efforts,” said Stefan Grimberg, professor of civil and environmental engineering and Clarkson NYWEA student chapter adviser. “The conference also provided a great learning and networking opportunity for them.”

The NYWEA student chapter at Clarkson University sponsors a number of recycling programs that benefit the University and the wider Potsdam community. Current efforts include a University bottle recycling program, an adopt-a-school program with the Potsdam middle school and a project to make notepads from recycled office paper. 

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