Graduate students receive water research grants

Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) recently funded four water-related research projects for graduate students in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University.The students were awarded up to $5,000 to begin, expand or extend water-related research projects. The institute funds the graduate student projects with funds provided by the U.S. Geological Survey as part of the National Institutes for Water Research annual research program. TWRI will publish articles and reports about the progress of each project.Graduate students funded and their projects are: • Meghan Gallagher (advisor: Dr. R. Karthikeyan)-Biological Treatment of Wastewater Contaminated with Estrogenic Compounds; • Kyna McKee (advisor: Dr. Patricia Smith)-Watershed Protection Plan Development for the Geronimo Creek Watershed; • Sa'd Shannak (advisor: Dr. Bruce Lesikar)- Rainwater Harvesting as a Stormwater Best Management Practice; • Bailey Sullivan (advisor: Dr. R. Karthikeyan)-Anthropogenic Influence on Tetracycline Resistance in a Rapidly Urbanizing Texas Stream.For more information about the grant program and students' projects, go to TWRI The Texas Water Resources Institute, part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas AgriLife Research, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University, provides leadership to stimulate priority water resources research and educational programs for AgriLife Research and AgriLife Extension as well as throughout Texas.Contact: Leslie Jordan, 979.862.7139,