AWRA 2023 Annual Water Resources Conference

November 6 - 8, 2023 | Raleigh, NC | Embassy Suites by Hilton

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The Planning Committee is organizing student activities at the AWRA 2023 Annual Water Resources Conference. Read below for more details.

  1. Poster & Paper Presentation Competitions: Students may present their work and a panel of volunteer judges selects the 1st and 2nd place poster and/or paper (oral) presentations. Read below for access to the scoring rubric to see the criteria on which you will be judged.
  2. Professional Development Panel: Students engage with 3-5 representatives from different sectors, each briefly (5-10 min) introducing their work, their career arc, and what it’s like to work in their sector, with ample time for Q&A.
  3. Orientation. Please join us for a quick 30-minute networking discussion on how you can make the most of your conference experience from a student's perspective. This is your time to network with other students. Grab some ribbons for your badge for an easy ice breaker conversation. Make sure you take advantage of networking with conference presenters, exhibitors, and sponsors and participate in all of the student activities. Lastly, use the social opportunities under Connect and Network in the conference app to connect and share with others.


2023 Poster Competition Winners

Undergraduate Division

The team led by Isabel Kacprowski for the poster titled “Vertical Removal of Brevetoxins in Southwest Florida Coastal Waters” from Florida Gulf Coast University is awarded first place.

The team led by Dylan Gresch for the poster titled “Quantification of Human Waste in Surface Waters Affected by Septic Systems, Jupiter Farms, Florida” from Jupiter Academy is awarded as the runner-up.

Graduate Division

The team led by Rebecca Ryan for the poster titled “Nutrients in Utah Lake Behave as a Buffered System: Suspended Sediments and Sorption Impacts on Water Column Phosphate Concentrations” from Brigham Young University is awarded first place.

The team led by William Taylor for the poster titled “Assessing the value of forecast-informed reservoir operations for California water supply “ from University of California-Davis is awarded as the runner-up.

2023 Paper Competition Winners

Undergraduate Division

Nathan Hewitt, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL – “Using Remote Sensing and Spatial Data Analysis to Quantify Impact of Hurricane Ian Storm Surge on Sediment Buildup and Shoreline Changes on Southwest Florida Barrier Islands.”

Haylie Fine, Jupiter High School (JERFSA), Jupiter, FL – “Difference in Part-Time Versus Permanent Residents’ Beliefs Regarding Willingness to Participate in Remediation of a Local Body of Water.”

Graduate Division

Jacob Taggart, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT - "Development of a Micro-Fractionation Method for Studying Phosphorus Bound to Suspended Sediments"

Layla El-Khoury, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC - "Estimating Nutrient Loads to Falls Lake from Streambank Erosion."

Students who are full-time are invited to participate in a poster and/or paper (oral) presentation competition during the AWRA 2023 Annual Water Resources Conference. These competitions are separate from other awards and scholarship programs of AWRA.

  • Technical and Student Posters can begin set up on Sunday, November 5 at 5:00 PM.
  • The Poster Competition will take place during the Opening Reception in the exhibitor area on Monday, November 6. 
  • The Paper (oral) Competition takes place during scheduled session presentation times throughout the conference.
  • Download the Poster Instructions here or in the Presenter | Moderator | Exhibitor (PME) Resources page.
  • Download the poster competition flyer.
Who Can Present

Full-time students in undergraduate and graduate (masters and Ph.D. levels) programs are encouraged to present posters and/or papers describing their research. Posters and papers can describe collaborative research carried out by multiple authors (including non-students) but must be presented by a student. 

Participation Costs

Participation in the competitions is optional; however; a full-conference student registration rate is required. Participation is not available to students who do not register.

Poster Competition Participation
  • Poster abstracts may be submitted anytime through September 12, 2023.
  • Early decision deadline is June 16, 2023 with a guaranteed response by June 30.
  • Reference this scoring rubric to see the criteria on which you will be judged.
  • Two awards will be presented at the conference luncheon on Wednesday, November 8 for Best Poster and Runner-up Poster. Recognition will also be made on the AWRA website, in various publications, and through special promotions.

Participation Recognition - Paper (oral) Competition

Reference this scoring rubric to see the criteria on which you will be judged.

Two awards will be presented at the conference luncheon on Wednesday, November 8 for Best Paper Presentation and Runner-up Paper Presentation. Recognition will also be made on the AWRA website, in various publications, and through special promotions. 


AWRA Code of Conduct

All conference participants (presenters, moderators, panelists, attendees, etc.) must adhere to the AWRA Code of Conduct and must register at the appropriate registration rate. AWRA Gateway members are not eligible for discounted conference rates. The registration fees are the major source of funding for the Conference, and the sharing of registrations is prohibited - every person attending the conference must register. For presenters, if two or more individuals will be presenting, each individual must register for the conference. This includes: all technical session presenters; all panel session presenters; and all poster session presenters.

Cancelations must be made in writing. Those cancelations received by September 18, 2023 will be subject to a processing fee of 30% of total fees. No refunds will be given after September 18, 2023 but we can transfer your registration to someone else. The transfer must be completed by October 30, 2023. Abstract submission fees are nonrefundable. Refunds will be processed after the conclusion of the conference. Conference location decisions are guided by AWRA's policy.


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