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2023 Mega-Conference Emerging Professionals Awards

The NOWRA Emerging Professionals Committee (EPC) had a strong presence at this past NOWRA Mega-Conference in Virginia. One of the highlights was awarding two prominent emerging professionals with a scholarship to pursue careers in the ever-expanding onsite wastewater industry. This initiative reflects NOWRA’s commitment to nurturing talent and fostering the next generation of leaders in the field. The scholarships not only recognize academic excellence but also aim to empower individuals with the resources needed to make meaningful contributions to the industry. To ensure continued scholarship funds in the future, the EPC held fundraising events such as merchandise sales and a silent auction. One hundred percent of the proceeds went to supplement the scholarship funds. The EPC also hosted engaging oral and poster competitions for emerging professionals, providing a platform for participants to showcase their innovative research and ideas. This innovation from the emerging professionals also served to educate and enlighten folks who have much more experience in the industry. Although the EPC had many successes at this past NOWRA Mega-Conference, the EPC continuously strives to expand outreach and cultivate more opportunities for young and emerging professionals. If you are interested in joining or supporting the EPC, please contact info@nowra.org.

NOWRA Scholarship Recipients

Hsiang Yang (Gary) Shyu
PhD Candidate, Environmental Engineering
University of South Florida

Caleb Suchecki
M.S. Student, Bio. & Agri. Engineering
Texas A&M University

1st Place Poster Presentation Winner

Sara Wigginton, PhD
MASSTC Microbiologist
Health and Environ. Barnstable County
Regional Government of Cape Cod

1st Place Oral Presentation Winner

Hillary Yonce
Professional Hydrologist & Environ. Scientist
Tetra Tech

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