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Scholarships and Awards

2017 WALPA Undergraduate and Graduate Student Scholarships – DEADLINE EXTENDED MAY 31

In 2017 the Washington Lake Protection Association is offering three student scholarships. Two of these scholarships (Nancy Weller, and Dave Lamb Memorial Scholarships) will be for one Ph.D. and one M.S. graduate student, and the other scholarship will be open to undergraduate students. The Nancy Weller Scholarship winner will be awarded $1,250, the Dave Lamb Scholarship winner will be awarded $1,000 and the Undergraduate WALPA scholarship will be for $500. All three of the scholarships will include funds to cover registration and two nights’ accommodation for each recipient at the annual meeting.

Student scholarships will be awarded to further our understanding of the limnology, hydrology, ecology, and management or restoration of lakes and watersheds in Washington or Idaho. Students must be part- or full-time undergraduate (for the Undergraduate WALPA scholarship) or graduate students (for the Nancy Weller, and Dave Lamb Memorial Scholarships) at an accredited college or university in Washington or Idaho. Recipients shall use scholarship funds to cover expenses directly related to their research. Students are expected to attend the annual conference to present their research findings and interact with the WALPA membership.

All scholarship applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee, composed of individuals from academia, industry and government. Committee members who have a personal or institutional affiliation with the applicant will not judge that applicant. Student scholarship winners will be selected based on the quality of their research topic, its significance to lake science as described above, its relevance to the applicant’s interests and career goals and for following the directions below.

Application Procedure/Packet/File

Student applicants must provide a two-page statement of personal and research interests. The statement must explain why the proposed research is important to the field of limnology and/or watershed management, include career goals, and explain the intended use of scholarship funds. In addition, students should include a 1-2 page resume and recent transcripts of all college/ university course work (transcripts need not be official copies). A recommendation from someone in the applicant’s field of study is encouraged, but not required.

All applicants should send materials in a single Adobe Acrobat PDF file clearly identified with the applicant’s last name to Anthony Gabriel, chair of the Scholarship Committee, at gabriela@cwu.edu. Reference letters should be sent as PDF files directly to the committee chair. Applications are due by 17:00 PDT on May 31, 2017. The Scholarship Committee will contact applicants in early June to let them know their application’s status.

 

Past Recipients

2016 WALPA Scholarship Award Winners

Recipient: Vincent Ouellet Jobin, University of Washington
Award: $1250 Nancy Weller Memorial Scholarship
Project: Patterns, drivers and ecological implications of water-level fluctuations in lakes of Western Washington.

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Recipient: Zach Klein, University of Idaho
Award: $1000 Dave Lamb Memorial Scholarship
Project: Management of kokanee in Idaho lakes: kokanee population dynamics, Mysis-kokanee interactions, and sampling techniques.

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Recipient: Randi Bowman, Lewis-Clark State College
Award: $500 Undergraduate Scholarship
Project: Macroinvertebrates as bioindicators of stream health in the Snake River drainage.

2015 WALPA Scholarship Award Winners

Recipient: Andrew Child, Washington State University
Award: $1000 Nancy Weller Memorial Scholarship
Project: Paleolimnological analysis of heavy metal contamination.

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Recipient: Michelle Bahnick, Western Washington University
Award: $1000 Dave Lamb Memorial Scholarship
Project: Comparing the Stream Function Assessment Methodology (SFAM) in Water Resource Inventory Area 8 (WRIA 8) on public lands to recent Status and Trends Monitoring data.

2014 WALPA Scholarship Award Winners

Recipient: Megan Skinner, Washington State University
Award: $1000 Nancy Weller Memorial Scholarship
Project: Use of stable isotope analysis (SIA) to determine the influence of hypolimnetic oxygenation (HO) on fish diet.

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Recipient: Mark Sorel, University of Washington
Award: $1000 Dave Lamb Memorial Scholarship
Project: Reintroduction of anadromous salmonids in the Lewis River reservoirs.

2013 WALPA Scholarship Award Winners

Recipient: Ben Cross
Award: $1000 Nancy Weller Memorial Scholarship
Project: Documenting the influence of lake hypolimnetic oxygenation on a coldwater fishery ecosystem

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Recipient: Ricardo Sanchez-Murillo
Award: $1000 Dave Lamb Memorial Scholarship
Project: Understanding control and contributions to base flow in streams of eastern Washington and northern Idaho using stable isotopes

2012 WALPA Scholarship Award Winners

Recipient: KathiJo Jankowski, University of Washington
Award: $1000 Nancy Weller Memorial Scholarship
Project: Stable isotope and genetic tools to link changes in nutrient sources and cycling along with changes in associated bacterial communities in more than 20 Washington lakes

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Recipient: Adam Gebauer, Eastern Washington University
Award: $750
Project: Research to determine the effects of reed canary grass on the hydrologic regime of low order streams in Washington by comparing systems dominated by reed canary grass and those with other riparian plants

2011 WALPA Scholarship Award Winners

Recipient: Ellen Preece, Washington State University
Award: $1000 Nancy Weller Memorial Scholarship
Project: Accumulation of cyanobacteria toxins in species of fish consumed by humans.

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Recipient: Chelsie Strowbridge, University of Washington Tacoma
Award: $750
Project: Model nutrient sources and sinks for Spirit Lake at Mount St. Helens National Monument.

2010 WALPA Scholarship Award Winners

Recipient: Bo Li of the University of Washington
Award: $1000 Nancy Weller Memorial Scholarship
Project: The impact of advanced nutrient removal on phosphorus bioavailability.

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Recipient: Carmen Welch of Western Washington University
Award: $750
Project: The diet of the recently introduced redside shiners (Richardsonius balteatus) in Ross Lake, North Cascades National Park.

2009 WALPA Scholarship Award Winners

Recipient: MarySutton Carruthers of Western Washington University
Award: $1000 Nancy Weller Memorial Scholarship
Project: MarySutton Carruthers is currently working on her MS in Environmental Science at Western Washington University. Her thesis work is focused on examining the viability of using salmon analogs (dried fish pellets) as a replacement for salmon carcasses in streams where carcasses cannot be used due to insufficient supply or concerns over pathogens. Overall, this research compares nutrient movement and assimilation by periphyton, bryophytes, and leaf pack communities in streams treated with carcasses and with analogs.

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Recipient: Timothy Caldwell of the University of Idaho
Award: $750
Project: Timothy Caldwell is currently pursuing his MS of Fisheries Resources at the University of Idaho. His current research is focused on examining the role of the non-native opossum shrimp, Mysis relicta, in the nutrient dynamics of Lake Pend Oreille. The ultimate goal will be to make recommendations that will contribute to the restoration of the lake ecosystem.

2008 WALPA Scholarship Award Winners

Recipient: Eric Larson of the University of Washington
Award: $1000 Nancy Weller Memorial Scholarship
Project: Invasive benthic invertebrates in WA lakes: Distribution, landscape scale habitat associations, and potential range expansion.

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Recipient: Karoline Lambert of the University of Idaho
Award: $750
Project: Development of a reliable, cheap, and comparatively rapid allelic discrimination assay to identify Eurasian and hybrid watermilfoil.

2007 WALPA Scholarship Award Winners

Recipient: Kelley Turner of Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University
Award: $750 Nancy Weller Memorial Scholarship
Project: Differences in aquatic insect communities between glacial and non glacial lake outlets in the North Cascades

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Recipient: Mel Johnson of the University of Idaho
Award: $500
Project: Protecting corridor function; the role and influence of zoning and stakeholder education

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Recipient: Brittany Wilmot of Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University
Award: $500
Project: Elwha Dam removal project in Port Angeles; studying the lake, river and wildlife of the Elwha River Watershed

2006 WALPA Scholarship Award Winners

Recipient: Karl Mueller of Western Washington University
Award: $750 Nancy Weller Memorial Scholarship
Project: Shelter competition between native signal crayfish and non-native red swamp crayfish

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Recipient: Brooks Miner of the University of Washington
Award: $500
Project: Study of the evolution of phenotypic plasticity in nature

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Recipient: Elizabeth Seminet-Reneau of the University of Idaho
Award: $500
Project: Lakewide impacts of residential shoreline development on large deep lakes

2005 WALPA Scholarship Award Winners

Recipient: Joe Ravet of the University of Washington
Award: $500 Nancy Weller Memorial Scholarship
Project: Biochemical and Elemental Food Quality Limitations in Aquatic Food Webs

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Recipient: Hans Berge of the University of Washington
Award: $250
Project: Limnological Influences on Fish Distribution and Implications for Trophic Interactions in Lake Sammamish, Washington

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Recipient: Sarah Spotts of the University of Washington
Award: $250
Project: Research on Lake Chaplain drinking water filter clogging

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Recipient: Jenny Newell of the University of Washington
Award: $250
Project: Behavioral Patterns on Sockeye Salmon in Lake Washington

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Recipient: Chris Goodman of Clover Park Technical College
Award: $250
Project: South Prairie Creek TMDL Process

2004 WALPA Scholarship Award Winners

Recipient: Tessa Francis of the University of Washington
Award: $500
Project: Interface dynamics between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems

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Recipient: Ann Richter of Washington State University
Award: $250
Project: Effectiveness of alum microfloc using enclosures at Newman Lake

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Recipient: David Christensen of Washington State University
Award: $500
Project: Interaction between fisheries management and water quality

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Recipient: Rebecca Dugopolski of the University of Washington
Award: $250
Project: Impacts of alum treatment on water quality of Green Lake

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