Dec 23, 2014

Two Students Win AWWA's Best Paper Award

The winners come from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., and Delft, the Netherlands

AWWA, WQTC, Student Paper, Water Distribution System, Biofilm

The American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) announced the awardees of the Student Best Papers submitted for this year’s Water Quality Technology Conference (WQTC). Both awardees received $1,500 and were recognized, along with their advisers, at a special ceremony during WQTC, held in New Orleans Nov. 16 to 20.

Joline El-Chakhtoura was recognized for her presentation titled “Short-Term Variations in the Bacterial Community of a Dutch Drinking Water Distribution System.” El-Chakhtoura attends Delft University of Technology in Delft, the Netherlands.

The other winning student, C. Kimi Gomez-Smith, was recognized for her presentation, “Characterization of Drinking Water Distribution System Biofilm Communities Using Next-Generation Illumina Sequencing of 16S Rrna.” Gomez-Smith attends the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The Student Best Papers ceremony was one of several special events at WQTC geared toward students and young professionals. Individuals interested in submitting papers for next year’s WQTC may do so by visiting the conference’s Web page.