Outstanding Graduate Thesis and Dissertation Awards
Each year, we recognize two graduating students, one Master's and Ph.D., who have produced a thesis or dissertation that has high quality research and broad impacts. Each student will receive a cash award and a signed certificate of recognition.
Read their personal stories and research.
List of Awardees
Alma Anides Morales, M.S.
Faculty Advisor: Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta
Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment and Community-Based Risk Perception of Sewage Overflows by Naco Elementary
Mohammad Gohardgoust, Ph.D.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Markus Tuller
Embracing opportunities to understand soils in depth
Physicochemical and Hydraulic Characterization of Soilless Greenhouse Substrates and Modeling of Flow and Transport in Soilless Substrate Growth Modules with High Performance Computing
Joy Custer, M.S.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Carini
Growing and learning all about soil microbes
Separation of Viable Microbes From Soil Matrices
Bryan Moravec, Ph.D.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jon Chorover
Digging deep into critical earth zone processes
The Architecture of Deep Critical Zone: the Role of Lithology and Geologic Texture in Regolith Formation, Hydrologic Flowpath Development, and Weathering Dynamics
Iliana Manjón, M.S.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta
Citizen science and studying contaminants in school gardens
Ingestion and Inhalation of Metal(loid)s Through Preschool Gardening: An Exposure and Risk Assessment in Legacy Mining Communities
Carrie Nuva Joseph, Ph.D
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Karletta Chief
Studying mining impacts at the intersection of the environment, policy and Indigenous communities
Effects of Climate and Ecological Processes on Engineered Uranium Disposal Cell Performance with Respect to Nearby Subsistence-based Indigenous Communities