Graduate students receive water research scholarships

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has awarded Mills Scholarships to three Texas A&M Engineering graduate students for the 2010-11 academic year.Jasjeet Kaur from the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and Ishan Desai and Parvathy T. Kochunarayanan from the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering will use the $1,500 scholarships to pursue water-related research.The W.G. Mills Endowment, an endowed fund that supports research in water conservation and management, provided the scholarships. TWRI uses the Mills Scholars program to assist current and prospective Texas A&M graduate students studying water resources issues in Texas.TWRI awarded a total of 16 scholarships this year. Some of this year's Mills Scholars' research topics include studying the effectiveness of grass carp as a control mechanism for giant salvinia, removing waterborne pathogens using advanced photocatalytic processes, and modeling soil erosion and sediment transport in Cowhouse Creek Watershed.Mills Cox, a former chairman of the Texas Water Development Board, funded the W.G. Mills Endowment, which provides the scholarships.For more information on the Mill's Scholarship Program or to learn more about the students' projects, go to TWRI The Texas Water Resources Institute, part of Texas AgriLife Research, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, 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 Lee, 979.862.7139,