Helping the international community 

adopt and maintain environmentally sound & sustainable practices

Questions? Please contact Conference Coordinator:



Brenna Lockwood, AEHS Foundation

413.549.5170

brenna@aehsfoundation.org

34th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy

October 15-18, 2018

Amherst, Massachusetts

MICHAEL E. MILLER STUDENT COMPETITION

One $1000 award and two $500 awards will be given to three students who have made the best poster presentations at the conference. Presentations will be judged on originality, organization, communication, research techniques, and the overall quality of the presentation.



The judges will be made up of representatives from the Conference Scientific Advisory Board and representative(s) from the sponsoring organization(s). Several evaluation factors have been developed by the committee including the following: Topic Selection/Innovation, Research and Analysis Techniques Utilized, Poster Organization and Structure, Quality of Presentation Materials and Communication of Poster Content. Each presentation will be ranked using a mathematical scale. Award recipients will be invited to and acknowledged during the appreciation dinner Wednesday evening.



Open to all full- and part-time students (post-docs excluded). Must be a current student at the time of the conference/competition.



The registration fee is waived for student presenters. Use discount code STUDENT-FREE.



If you are a student and wish to participate in the competition, please indicate as such during the submission of your abstract. The February deadline does not apply to this competition. Students may submit an abstract for consideration anytime prior to September 10, 2018.



Submit an abstract

Annual Student Poster Competition at the AEHS Foundation

East Coast Conference





In 2017 AEHS Foundation renamed the East Coast Conference Student Competition in memory of the former Chair of the competition, Michael E. Miller. Mike was an integral part of the Scientific Advisory Board, conference planning, and the student competition for many years. He was passionate about the competition and the next generation of environmental scientists who came to showcase their work at the conferences. His dedication to furthering science through knowledge, education, and the emerging leadership of students was his hallmark. Mike was not only a colleague, but a friend of the Foundation. He will be greatly missed. The “Michael E. Miller Student Competition” will carry on his name and memorialize his accomplishments and dedication for years to come.

July 13, 1959 - April 9, 2017

Donate to the competition:

PAST WINNERS



2017

$1000.00 Winner

Hesham Abdullah, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA

$500.00 Winner

Saumik Panja, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ



$500.00 Winner

Connor Sullivan, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell MA





2016

$1000.00 Winner

Samuel Gaeth, Tufts University, Medford, MA

Synergistic Effects of Utilizing Abiotic and Biotic Degradation Pathways Simultaneously for Chlorinated Solvents Remediation



$500.00 Winner

Emma Harnisch, Smith College, Northampton, MA

Heavy Metal Contamination of Bottom Sediments from Mining Operations at Cooks Pond, Madison, New Hampshire



$500.00 Winner

Leslie Wilson, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Evaluating and Communicating the Health Impacts of Climate-Related Changes to Heat and Air Quality





2015

1st Place ($1000.00)

Tyler Marcet, Tufts University, Medford, MA

Coupling Thermal Treatment with Microbial Reductive Dechlorination for the Enhanced Remediation of Chlorinated Ethenes



2nd Place ($500.00)

Ashley Pirovano, SUNY - College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY

Understanding the Role of Enterobacter sp. 638 in the Growth Enhancement of Poplar and Willow Trees



3rd Place ($500.00)

Charlotte Atti, SUNY - College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY

A Proposed Study of Phytodegradation and Enhanced Microbial Degredation of Trenbolone Metabolites in Wetland Systems





2014

1st Place ($1000.00 prize)

Sibia Ranjbar, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Microalgae for Wastewater Treatment and Biofuel Production: Effect of Pharmaceuticals on Cellular Lipid Content



2nd Place ($500.00 prize)

Danielle Sylvia, Tufts University, Medford, MA

Evaluation of Partitioning Electron Donors to Improve Chlorinated Solvent Source Zone Bioremediation



3rd Place ($500.00 prize)

May Wang, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Remediation of Bisphenol A Water Contaminants by Reusing Activated Charcoal Filters





2013

1st Place ($1000.00 prize)

Maryam Khoshnoodi, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Environmental Mineralogy Study of Arsenic in Biological Passive Treatment System



2nd Place ($500.00 prize)

Jessica Akande, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB,

Canada Partitioning Fine-Scale Spatial Variation of Soil Respiration in a Boreal Mixedwood Forest Alberta, Canada



3rd Place ($500.00 prize)

Jovan Popovic, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Butanol Hyper-production and Increased Consumption of Major Lignocellulosic Constituent (Xylose) Through Unbalanced Fermentations in Clostridia





2012

1st Place ($1000.00 prize)

Adam Hoffman, SUNY - College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY

Trichroloethylene Plume Migration Analysis using Hyperspectral Imaging



2nd Place ($500.00 prize)

Katherine Neafsey Engler, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Development of an In Vitro Method to Determine the Bioavailability of Xenoestrogens in Soil



3rd Place ($500.00 prize)

Funmi Afelumo, SUNY - College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY

The Potential for Safeners to Reduce the Symptoms of Heavy Metal Toxicity in Zea mays





2011

Lok Pokhrel, East Tennessee State University, Department of Environmental Health, Johnson City, TN

Evaluation of Aquatic Toxicity of Nanoscale Silver, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide and Cadmium Selenide Quantum Dots, and Their Ionic Particulates to the MetPLATE™ Bioassay


Mehrnoosh Behrooz, North Carolina State University, Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, Raleigh, NC

Acid Mine Drainage in Ore Knob Mine Tailings Pile– Impacts on Ore Knob Watershed





2010

John D. Mosquera, University of Waterloo, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Monitoring of an Ethanol Released into Gasoline Residuals Using High Frequency Ground Penetrating Radar



Ilya B. Slizovskiy, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

Surfactant Facilitated Remediation of Heavy Metal Contaminated Soils: Efficacy and Ecotoxicological Consequences





2009

Pamela Schultz Birak, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 



Kayleigh Dunnett, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL



Laura Nicklaus, Bradley University, Peoria, IL



2008

Juliana G. de Freitas, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada 



Olugbenga J. Owojori, Stellenbosch University, Maitland, South Africa



Zarath M. Summers, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA





2007
Rosemary Caroll, Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV 


Mameet Waria, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 

 
Na Wei, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL



2006

Megan Lord-Hoyle, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, ON, Canada 



Ashish K. Sahu, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA  



Christina L. Stauber, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 





2005

Deanna M. Bobak, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH



Heather Clark, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA  



Xueyuan Yu, University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA  





2004

Paula Bernasconi, Northeastern University, Dept. of Biology, Boston, MA



Sarah Strycharz, Graduate Research Assistant, University of South Carolina, Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia, SC



Alison Watts, Ph.D. student, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH