Kaushik Venkiteshwaran was recently awarded the 2013-2014 Schmitt Fellowship. This fellowship is available to any student in a doctoral program. It awards approximately $17,500 in a ten-month stipend for the academic year. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must be nominated by a faculty member, show leadership ability and a strong record of scholarship; they must also show a strong commitment to Christian or Christian-compatible ideals. In addition, these students must be actively engaged in their graduate programs, be full-time students, and must present a project that is in line with their doctoral degree and the Schmitt Foundation's goal to foster value-based leadership.


The Central States Water Environment Association selected Marquette Master's student Allen Williams as the 2013 Academic Excellence Award recipient. The award will be presented at the 86th Annual Meeting in Madison on Wisconsin May 16th. The award provides registration to the conference and $250 cash.


Ph.D. student Matthew Seib received the Water Environment Federation 2012-2013 Canham Fellowship at the 2012 WEFTEC conference in New Orleans, LA in October 2012. This national scholarship provides $25,000 for a post-baccalaureate student in the water environment field. He will use the proceeds of the schoarship in his pursuit of his doctoral degree at Marquette University working in the area of anaerobic digestion. His research interests include wastewater treatment and management, anaerobic biotechnology, sustainable design, and resource recovery.


The Federation of Environmental Technologists, Inc. (FET) awarded Marquette University Civil Engineering Master's student Allen T. Williams a $1,000 scholarship. The award is to be presented on October 30th at the FET 2012 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. FET is a regional organization with about 600 to 700 members. Their goal is to educate the environmental industry on regulatory compliance and technological innovations through training, professional development and networking.


Navaneethan Navaratnam (Ph.D. candidate in Zitomer lab) received the 2011 Radebaugh Award along with Peter Topczewski (Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District), Scott Royer (Veolia Water) and Daniel Zitomer. The award is presented by the Central States Water Environment Association for the best paper presented at the group’s annual conference. The paper is titled  “Anaerobic Co-Digestion for Increased Renewable Energy” and was presented by Navaneethan at the 2010 CSWEA conference.


Ben Bocher (Ph.D. Candidate in Zitomer lab) will present the paper "Staged Anaerobic Digestion Increases Methanogenic Activity and Alters Microbial Community Structure" at the Central States Water Environment Association Conference (84th meeting) at Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park, MN on Tuesday, May 17, 2011.


Paige Peters (undergraduate researcher) will present the paper "Anaerobic Co-Digestion of Raw and Pre-Treated Bioplastic for Increased Biogas Production" at the Central States Water Environment Association Conference (84th meeting) at Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park, MN on Tuesday, May 17, 2011.