NGWA honors excellence in student ground water projects

June 10, 2002
The National Ground Water Association's Educational Foundation presented special ground water project awards to high school students at the 2002 Intel® International Science and Engineering Fair.


WESTERVILLE, Ohio, June 10, 2002 -- As part of its ongoing effort to encourage promising young scientists to apply their skills to the ground water industry, the National Ground Water Association's (NGWA) Educational Foundation presented special ground water project awards to high school students at the 2002 Intel® International Science and Engineering Fair.

- Paul Daniel Rossman of Deming High School in Deming, New Mexico, who received the first-place award of $500. His project was "Remediation of Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) Utilizing Dried Eichhornia crassipes."

- Tanner John Brunsdale of Bountiful High School in Bountiful, Utah, who received the second-place award of $250. His project was "Surfactant/Co-Solvent-enhanced Aquifer Remediation of DNAPLs." Brunsdale was also a winner in the 2001 fair.

- Nuno Miguel Dias and Eunice Isabel Carrapico of Escola Secundaria de Tavira, Algarve, Portugal, who received the third-place award of $200. Their project was "Salinity of Groundwater in the Algarve."

In addition to the monetary awards, the students receive a one-year student NGWA membership, a ground water science library for their school, and publication of their project abstract in the NGWA journal Ground Water.

NGWA extends its gratitude to the two NGWA members who generously volunteered to judge the student projects, making these awards possible. Dennis H. Cumbie and Robert Andrews, both with the Kentucky Geological Survey, donated their time and energy to review the ground water projects entered in the fair. Projects were judged in an interview process that focused on the creative ability, scientific thought, and skill of the participants as well as engineering goals, thoroughness, and clarity of projects.

NGWA has been a special award sponsor of the fair for more than 15 years in an effort to recognize academic excellence and promote ground water-related professions. For more information on NGWA's involvement in the Science and Engineering Fair, visit the Association's Web site at http://www.ngwa.org/ngwef/hssf.html.

Held annually, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair brings together students from 48 states and 40 nations to compete for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips, and a grand prize-a trip to Stockholm, Sweden, to attend the Nobel Prize ceremonies.

The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) is a membership organization representing more than 16,000 U.S. and international ground water professionals, including contractors, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, and ground water scientists and engineers. NGWA members are committed to this basic understanding: when you are a ground water professional, it's more than just water. NGWA provides members, government, and the general public with the scientific knowledge and economic guidance necessary to responsibly develop, protect, and manage the world's ground water resources.

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