Vol. 4 Issue 3   

December 2005

Delaware Water Resources Center (DWRC) http://ag.udel.edu/dwrc/

UD Water Resources Agency (WRA)              http://www.wr.udel.edu/



In this month’s issue, online at http://ag.udel.edu/dwrc/newsletters/dec05.htm:


I.   DWRC News:

Spring Application Date for Undergraduate Water Resources Internships

Fall Undergraduate Interns Announced;

II.  Jobs in Water Resources;

III.  Project funding: 2006 $920,000 National Competitive Grants Program;

IV.  Upcoming water conferences / events


I.  DWRC News: 



Spring Applications Due Friday, MAR. 24, 2006


Application deadline is March 24, 2006 for 2006-2007 $3500 Delaware Water Resources Center undergraduate internships co-sponsored by the Delaware Geological Survey, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Delaware State University, UD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Arts and Science, College of Engineering, College of Marine Studies, and Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Institute of Soil and Environmental Quality, and the UD Water Resources Agency.  All undergraduates enrolled at any institution of higher learning in the state of Delaware are eligible to apply, except for those graduating in the Spring of 2006.  All students must have the active support of an advisor and a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Details on the 60 current and past projects funded since 2000, current faculty advisors, application materials to submit, and report and poster requirements, can be found at the DWRC website: http://ag.udel.edu/dwrc/jobs.html.


DWRC Announces new Fall Undergraduate Interns for 2005-2006


The Delaware Water Resources Center at the University of Delaware announces the selection of seven new interns resulting from the first-ever fall application period for its 2005-2006 undergraduate water resources research program: Leslie Carter (“Rain Gardens”, advised by Susan Barton, UD), Leslie Howe (“Nutrient Release from Mineralization of Poultry Litter under Simulated Field Conditions, advised by Mingxin Guo and Maria Labreveux, Delaware State University), Lydia Leclair (“Winter transpiration rates of Pinus strobus L. (eastern white pine) in relation to meteorological conditions”, advised by Delphis F. Levia, UD), Jimit Modi (“Kinetics Model for Soil”, advised by Herbert E. Allen, UD), Samantha A. Smith (“Detection of Salmonella in Biosolids using a Combination of Cultural, Molecular and Immunological Methods”, advised by Diane Herson, UD), Maia Tatinclaux (“Location and Evaluation of Coastal and Inland Brackish Aquifers for the Support of Halophyte (Kosyteletzkya) Oil Production for Bioidiesel Fuel Conversion”, advised by Jack Gallagher and Denise Seliskar, UD), and Michael R. Zuk (“Diversity, function, and benefits of specialized plants in poorly drained environments”, advised by John Frett, UD).  Look for project details in the upcoming Fall/Winter DWRC WATER NEWS.


Announcing 2006 $920,000 NIWR National Competitive Grants Water Resources Fellowships (applications due Friday Feb. 10, 2006 ), see III. below.  The program is offering $670,000 more in funding compared to last year.




2006-2007 Delaware Water Resources Center undergraduate internships.  See I above.


Graduate students in water science and technology: the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) offers $15,000 fellowships for 2006-2007 (visit www.nwri-usa.org or contact 714-378-3278).  Applicants must be enrolled fulltime at a U.S. university or college but need not be U.S. citizens; applications are due March 1, 2006.


Announcing USEPA Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowships for 2006:  Applications are due Monday, February 13, 2006 for National Network for Environmental Management Studies (NNEMS) Fellowships.  EPA has awarded approximately 1,370 fellowships under this program and awarded 26 fellowships in 2005.  Work full-time this summer or part-time during the school year for the USEPA and earn a stipend based on your experience and location; stipends varied from ~$7,000 to $11,000 last year.  Local program coordinator contacts are: at Delaware State University, Michael Reiter mreiter@desu.edu  phone (302) 857-6412, fax (302) 857-6455; at the University of Delaware, Tom Sims jtsims@udel.edu phone (302) 831-6757, fax (302) 831-6758.   Apply for ~ 40 research projects offered in the following categories: Environmental Policy;  Regulation, and Law; Environmental Management and Administration; Environmental Science; Public Relations and Communications.  For complete details, call 1-800-358-8769 or visit http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/students.html.  There is no matching or cost sharing required of students awarded NNEMS fellowships.  The program catalog is available online: http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/NNEMS/pdf/catalog2006.pdf.


The Geological Society of America offers Research Grants for graduate and undergraduate students working on earth-science related projects.  The GSA / Delaware Geological Survey contact representative is Tom McKenna mckennat@udel.edu (302) 831-8257. Websites: for Graduate Student Research Grants, visit http://www.geosociety.org/grants/gradgrants.htm (due date for electronically-submitted applications is Feb. 1, 2006); for Undergraduate Student Research Grants - Northeastern Section (due date is Feb. 17, 2006, and the mail-in form is found on the website), visit http://www.geosociety.org/grants/negrant.htm#research


The Institute for Soil and Environmental Quality maintains a web page of undergraduate internships listed as "agricultural, companies, education, government agencies, non-profits, plant science, policy/campaigning, and summer research".  42 internships are currently listed.  Visit http://ag.udel.edu/iseq/internships.htm.


Delaware State University offers water-related undergraduate and graduate assistantships and undergraduate scholarships. Contact Dr. Dennis McIntosh, phone (302) 857-6456, fax (302) 857-6402, e-mail dmcintosh@desu.edu, or visit http://cars.desu.edu/faculty/mreiter/opportunities.htm.


For news about fellowships through the University of Delaware College of Marine Studies, visit http://www.ocean.udel.edu/graduate/scholarships.html, http://www.ocean.udel.edu/seagrant/education/fellowship.html  or

http://www.ocean.udel.edu/graduate/external.html for external funding opportunities.


Delaware Nature Society announces its “Environmental Advocate” key position providing leadership for the Society's environmental advocacy efforts, the organization’s voice to elected and appointed officials, news media, industry, local/national environmental groups, and other organizations, development of the Society's legislative agenda and positions, activism on key environmental issues in public testimony, and cultivation of the Society's grass-roots citizen activism efforts.  For information, visit http://www.delawarenaturesociety.org/jobs.html.


The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has an opening in Dover, DE for a Public Affairs Specialist, pay range $35,663 - $62,456 with health & life insurance, vacation & sick leave, and 401K retirement program.  Closing date for receipt of applications: December 31, 2005.  For information, visit http://www.mafmc.org/mid-atlantic/jobs.htm.


Plymouth State University (White Mts., NH) LABORATORY MANAGER/Environmental Chemist.  Review of applications will begin on December 21, 2005.   Questions, contact Steve Kahl,  jskahl@plymouth.edu.  For details visit http://www.plymouth.edu/hr/jobs/labmanager.html.



$920,000 WATER RESOURCES NATIONAL COMPETITIVE GRANTS: applications due Feb. 10, 2006.  The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources requests proposals for matching grants to support research on the topics of water supply and water availability, which are issues of importance nationwide. Proposals are sought in not only the physical dimensions of supply and demand, but also quality trends in raw water supplies, the role of economics and institutions in water supply and demand, institutional arrangements for tracking and reporting water supply and availability and institutional arrangements for coping with extreme hydrologic conditions. Any investigator at an institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible to apply; proposals involving substantial collaboration between the USGS and university scientists are encouraged. Proposals may be for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration and may request up to $250,000 in federal funds. Successful applicants must match each dollar of the federal grant with one dollar from non-federal sources.

For information on proposal requirements, research priorities, funding eligibility and requirements, and the proposal review, selection, and award process, visit http://niwr.org.  See abstracts of the eight proposals funded in 2005 at http://water.usgs.gov/wrri/05grants/national/nationalindex.html.


The Delaware Nutrient Management Commission (DNMC) recently approved two research proposals relating to in-house poultry litter recycling and outdoor poultry litter storage to be funded for a total of $55,789, drawn from the $160,000 provided to the DNMC by the General Assembly in the last session.  The remaining $104,211 to be used to apply science to current policy development will be open for grant selections due by Jan. 1, 2006.  For additional information about the grant process please contact the DNMC Administrator Bill Rohrer at (302) 698-4500 or (800) 282-8685 (DE Only).  http://www.state.de.us/deptagri/




Watch the new website of the Delaware Section of the American Water Resources Association (http://www.deawra.org/Meetings/meetings.php) for meeting agendas, presenters, directions, and minutes.  DE-AWRA’s contact is Martha Corrozi, mcorrozi@udel.edu


Abstracts are due Jan. 20, 2006 for the American Water Resources Association 2006 Summer Specialty Conference “Adaptive Management of Water Resources”, Missoula, Montana, June 26-28, 2006Visit http://www.awra.org/meetings/Montana2006/index.html for conference details.


May 21-26, 2006:  American Institute of Hydrology 25th anniversary meeting: “International Conference on Challenges in Coastal Hydrology and Water Quality”, Baton Rouge, LA  http://www.aihydro.org/conference.htm

June 14-16, 2006: Annual conference of the Mid-Atlantic sections of the American Water Resources Association (NJ, NY, PA, DE and Philadelphia Sections), Montclair State University's New Jersey School of Conservation, Branchville NJ (near the PA/NJ/NY nexus).  Conference theme: "Stream Restoration and Protection in the Mid-Atlantic Region".  For information, visit http://awra.org/state/new_jersey/mac2006/.

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