By Andrea Garay
December 6, 2019
The Water Center at Penn awarded research grants during Fall 2019 to 5 undergraduate 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. The students will work on various water issues in India, Kenya, Rwanda, Puerto Rico and the United States.
Earth Sciences Major, EES
Phillip is investigating how a river’s cross-sectional geometry
changes with disturbances in natural flow properties
resulting from urbanization and climate change.
Public Policy Major, Wharton School
Frida will be researching the link between climate change and 2018 Kenyan
floods by investigating policy gaps and vulnerability to preparedness
of Kenyan governments before, during and after the floods.
Biology Major, LPS
Jeffrey is studying the patterns of fish migration between the
habitats in White Clay Creek to provide guidance for
future restoration projects.
Environmental Studies Major, EES
Alana research will assess the vulnerabilities of the water system
in Western Puerto Rico by examining the sources of water supply,
existing infrastructure, and effects of Hurricane Maria.
Environmental Science Major, EES
Zachary will be studying the long term sustainability of Arsenic
Filtration Systems in West Bengal, India, as an increasing number
of population relies on groundwater supplies.