Helping the international community 

adopt and maintain environmentally sound & sustainable practices

Questions? Please contact Conference Coordinator:

Brenna Lockwood, AEHS Foundation


33rd Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy

October 16-19, 2017

Amherst, Massachusetts

Annual Student Poster Competition at the AEHS Foundation Conference

Sponsored by WSP USA

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, Presentation/Poster Organization and Structure, Quality of Presentation Materials and Communication of Presentation/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).

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 11, 2017. Submit an abstract


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

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Past Winners


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


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


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


1st Place ($1000.00 prize)

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

Trichroloethylene Plume Migration Analysis using Hyperspectral Imaging”

2nd Place ($500.00 prize)

Katherine Neafsey Engler, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY for her poster

“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 for his poster

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


Lok Pokhrel, East Tennessee State University, Department of Environmental Health.

Mehrnoosh Behrooz, NCSU, Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering.

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

Ilya B. Slizovskiy, Muhlenberg College

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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
Juliana G. de Freitas, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada 
Olugbenga J. Owojori, Stellenbosch University, Maitland, South Africa
Zarath M. Summers, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Rosemary Caroll, Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV 
Mameet Waria, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE  
Na Wei, University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL

Megan Lord-Hoyle, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario, Canada 
Ashish K. Sahu, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA  
Christina L. Stauber, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 


Deanna M. Bobak, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH  
Heather Clark, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA  
Xueyuan Yu, University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA  


Paula Bernasconi, Northeastern University, Dept of Biology, Boston, MA
Sarah Strycharz, Graduate Research Assistant, Environmental Health Sciences, Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29169
Alison Watts, PhD student, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824