By Andrea Garay

January 10, 2020


The Water Center at Penn awarded research grants during Fall 2019  to 5 Master of Environmental Studies (MES) and Master of Science in Applied Geosciences (MSAG) students under the Student Support Program Award. The students will use the grant money for research in water science, policy and sustainability. The grant aims to recognize academic excellence and prepare students for leadership roles by encouraging applied research and community engagement. 


Sneh Salot

Master of Environmental Studies Program (Urban Sustainability)

Sneh’s research focuses on how Integrated Water Resource Management through

innovative financing, urban planning and governance can provide resilience and

benefit to the urban environment and society.


Sandol Park

Master of Environmental Studies Program (Environmental Chemistry)

Sandol is working on improvisation of efficiency of water reuse technologies by employing a

novel process that utilizes carbon nanotubes and rare earth elements.

Conventionally, these processes release wastewater and require high energy input, and

Sandol thinks that such improved process  on not only make the environment clean but also

optimize the economic cycle of natural resources.



Robert Fetell

Master of Science in Applied Geosciences

In his research, Robert is investigating how a river’s cross-sectional

geometry changes with disturbances in natural flow properties resulting

from urbanization and climate change.


Rupika Ketu

Master of Environmental Studies Program

In her research, Rupika is studying the fate of microplastics entering

into Poquessing creek and leaving out of the creek into Delaware river.

She will analyze the amount and types of microplastics as well their

sources of origin.


Corey Wills

Master of Environmental Studies Program

Corey’s research focuses on identifying  the most impactful sites for

future installations of green roofs on the University of Pennsylvania campus.

Through her findings, she hopes to provide an actionable plan

to mitigate site-specific stormwater runoff and to provide a template for future

green roofing projects to support the University’s Climate and

Sustainability Action Plan 3.0 and Stormwater Master Plan.