Helping the international community 

adopt and maintain environmentally sound & sustainable practices

Questions? Please contact Conference Coordinator:

Brenna Lockwood, AEHS Foundation


30th Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air March 16-19, 2020

DoubleTree Mission Valley, San Diego, California


Annual Student Poster Competition at the AEHS Foundation Conference

      Sponsored by Arcadis

To enter, select the option for "student competition" when submitting your abstract online (entries accepted any time prior to February 7, 2020). You will receive an email auto-reply confirming your submission, then a personal reply from the Foundation within 7 days.

  • Deadline for entering student competition: February 7, 2020
  • During the conference, a committee will select the three best student poster presentations
  • Two winners will receive an award of $500 each and one will receive $1000
  • Winners will be invited to attend the event at the conference (free of charge), where the awards will be announced
  • Proof of student status in an undergraduate or graduate degree program is required (post-docs excluded)
  • Must be a current student at the time of the conference/competition
  • Full- or part-time students are eligible
  • Student must be both the primary author and the presenting author
  • Student must present own work
  • Contestants must be entered in the competition prior to the conference
  • Past winners may not re-enter subsequent year's competitions

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

Please Note: The abstract submission deadline of July 1, 2019 does NOT apply for this competition. You may submit an abstract for consideration any time prior to February 7, 2020.

Check out this write-up about one of our recent winners from UC San Diego:

UC San Diego Article Announcing AEHS Student Winner (2018)



$1000.00 winner
Akash Rathod, Okemos High School, Okemos, MI

$500.00 winner

Liam Twight, California State University, Long Beach, CA

$500.00 winner

Parminder Kaur, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, India


$1000 Winner (poster)

Tatiana Cocerva, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Applying the Oral Bioaccessibility Testing to Refine the Human Health Risk Assessment of Contaminated Land in Urban Area of Belfast

$500 Winner (poster)

Cody Poulsen, University of California, San Diego, CA

VARS: Exploring a New Method for Climatological Metadata Formation, Focusing on North American Landfalling Atmospheric Rivers

$500 Winner (poster)

Sina Sadeghi, California State University, Northridge, CA

Enhanced In Situ Chemical Oxidation Using Surfactants and Shear Thinning Fluid


$1000.00 Winner (poster)

Sadia Kabir, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Designing Porous 3D-Graphene Nanosheets for Palladium Nanoparticles: Electrocatalysts for Anion Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells

$500.00 Winner (poster)

Seth Doe-Puplampu, Prince of Songkla University, Kathu, Thailand

Detection of Cyanide in Water by Environmentally Friendly Colorimetry with Digital Image Analysis

$500.00 Winner (poster)

Jamie Gleason, California State University, Long Beach, CA

Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Hydroxyl Radical Reaction with Chloramines Under Advanced Oxidation Process Conditions


$1000.00 winner (poster)

Eyram Norgbey, Hohai University, Nanjing, China

Achieving Sustainability in Road Construction using Lignin

$500.00 winner (poster)

Christopher Walkons, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI

Designing a Permeable Reactive Barrier for Groundwater Remediation using Water Treatment Residuals

$500.00 winner (platform)

Trevor Reutershan, California State University, Long Beach, CA

Sulfate Radical Remediation of Pharmaceutical Contaminant in Wastewater: Chemical-DOM Association Constant Measurements


Poster Winner

Brittany Daws, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Removing Carcinogenic Nitrosamines from Contaminated Waters

Poster Winner 

Linda Akosua Nuamah, Hohai University, Nanjing, China

Assessment of Water Quality by Determining the Diversity and Abundance of Benthic Macro-Invertebrates in the Nima Creek in Ghana

Platform Winner

Zhiwen Zhu, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador,


Effect of Biosurfactants on Motility of Bacteria under Heavy Metal Stress


Poster Winner

Phuc Huu Ba Nguyen, California State University, Long Beach, CA

Removal of Trace Amounts of Heavy Metal from Seawater Using a Novel Metal Binding Protein

Poster Winner

Nitya Timalsina, University of California San Diego, CA

Using Stable Isotopes as Tracers to Analyze the Impact of Ship Emissions

Platform Winner

DeeAnn Asamoto, California State University, Long Beach, CA

The Removal of Antibiotics from Wastewater using the Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) with Sulfate Radical


Poster Winner

Maryam Lami Ibrahim, Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria

Phytoremediation of Escravos (Nigeria) Light Crude Oil Contaminated Soil Using Legumes

Poster Winner 

Bridget Cavanagh, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

In-Situ Chemical Oxidation (ISCO) for Reducing Emissions from Lower Permeability Zones to Groundwater Flowing Through More Permeable Zones

Platform Winner

Todd Wetzel, Utah State University, Logan, UT

Use of Plants as Passive Samplers for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in Indoor Environments


Poster Winner

Alina Stingu, Gheorghe Asachi Technical University, Lasi, Romania

Improving Phytoremediation Process by using Picea abies and Aesculus hipocastanum Residues

Platform Winner

Tomasz Kalinowski, The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

In-Situ Microcosm Array: A Novel Tool for Conducting Treatability Studies In-Situ


Poster Winner

Kristin Clark, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Rapid Removal of Perchlorate from Water Using Magnetic Permanently Confined Micelle Arrays

Platform Winner

April Nabors, Birmingham Water Works Board, Birmingham, AL

An Evaluation of the Role of Coagulation on TOC and DBP Formation in Drinking Water


Poster Winner

Ryoji Naito, Kyoto University, Port and Airport Research Institute, Coastal and Estuarine

Environment Research Group, Japan

Environmental Fate of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Sediments of Nagoya Port

Platform Winner

Kimberly Rickman, California State University, Long Beach, CA

Removing Pharmaceuticals from Contaminated Waters using Radical Reactions


Poster Winner

Chris Griggs, Mississippi College, Vicksburg, MS

Solid-Phase Tungsten Speciation by Differential Digestion

Platform Winner

Juliana Freitas, Brazil; University of Waterloo, ON, Canada

Biodegradation of Hydrocarbons from Sources with Different Ethanol Fractions


Poster Winner

Sunday Leonard, Nigeria; University College London, London, UK

Aqueous Desorption of Organic Contaminants from Drill Cuttings

Platform Winner

Erik Dettenmaier, Utah State University, Logan, UT

Re-Examining the Relationship between Plant Uptake of Organic Chemicals and Octanol Water Partition Coefficients


Poster Winner

Billa Cyprium Nkem, Denmark; Department of Environment, Technology and Spatial Change (TEKSAM), Denmark

Leaching Behavior of Arsenic from Soil Stabilized by Blast Furnace Slag

Platform Winner

Angela Perez, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Nickel Bioavailability Measured by Diffusive Gradient Thin Films from a Four Year Fertilizer Field Dose Study


Poster Winner

Jared Saunders, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston,

ON, Canada

Arsenic Speciation in a Small Terrestrial Food Chain on an Abandoned Gold Mine Site

Platform Winner

Shaily Mahendra, University of California, Berkeley, CA

Biodegradation of 1,4-Dioxane by Aerobic Bacteria


Poster Winner

Joseph Smith, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA

Iodine-131: A Short-lived, Anthropogenic Radionuclide Tracer in Urbanized Estuarine Systems

Platform Winner

Mark Henry Rubarenzya, Uganda; Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Hydrological Modeling of the Effects of River Valley Rewetting on Extreme Events in Belgium