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Brenna Lockwood, AEHS Foundation



Annual Student Poster Competition at the AEHS Foundation

East Coast Conference

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 (or via virtual Awards Ceremony).

Open to all full- and part-time students (post-docs excluded). Must be a current student at the time of the conference/competition. Past winners may not re-enter subsequent year's competitions.

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 12, 2022.

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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$1000.00 Winner

August Frechette, Duke University, Durham, NC

Reynolds Number Dependence of Pore-Scale Mixing Mechanisms in Rapidly Pulsed Pump and Treat Remediation

$500 Winner

Laura Buckley, Boston University, Boston, MA

Analyzing the Equity Implications of Alternative Climate Change Mitigation Interventions to Reduce Transportation Emissions

$500 Winner

Kayla Turner, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

In-Situ Persulfate Oxidation of Soil Contaminated with Hydraulic Oil at a New Jersey Site

$1000.00 Winner

Lingfei Fan, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA

Sulfur-modified Nanoscale Zero-valent Iron (S-nZVI) for Reductive Dechlorination of Perchloroethene (PCE) and Dichloroethenes (DCEs)

$500.00 Winner

Sameer Neve, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ

Reusing a Plant Waste for Environmental Remediation: Vetiver Root Biochar Adsorbs Copper

$500.00 Winner

Manas Warke, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI

Reducing Arsenic Accumulation in Rice Grains using Phytoremediation: A Greenhouse Study


$1000.00 Winner

     Roxana Rahmati, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ            

     Removal of Lead by Aluminum-based WTR Collected from Different Parts of the United States

$500.00 Winner

Viravid Na Nagara, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ

      Bioretention System Retrofit to Enhance Stormwater Pollutant Removal Using a Recycled Industrial Waste-coated Mulch

$500.00 Winner

Mythreyi Sivaraman, UMass Lowell, Boston, MA

       Developing Methods for Identification of Quantification of Microplastics in Environmental Samples


$1000.00 Winner

Hamed Mohammadnejad, Tufts University, Medford, MA

Development and Validation of a New Transport Model for Co-injection of Nonionic Polymers and Nanoparticles in Porous Media

$1000.00 Winner

Shuai Xie, Brown University, Providence, RI

A Study of Trichloroethylene (TCE) Sorption on Various

Building Materials

$500.00 Winner

Lurong Yang, Tufts University, Medford, MA

Modeling Microbial Reductive Dechlorination in a Heterogeneous Laboratory Aquifer Cell

$500.00 Winner

Jonathan Stroem, Brown University, Providence, RI

Modeling and Understanding Temporal Variability in Vapor Intrusion

$1000.00 Winner

Sunhawach Na Nagara, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ

$1000.00 Winner

Sarah Caltabiano, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY

$500.00 Winner

Jason Hnatko, Tufts University, Medford, MA


$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


$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


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

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


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


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


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, ON, 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 at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL


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 


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, 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