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Student Awards

The winners of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science and Bachelor of Science Awards for 2021 are below.

Memorial Scholarship Awards

The memorial scholarships are awarded in commemoration of deceased ASRS members. They are granted to deserving students from universities, colleges, or community colleges that offer curricula in a scientific discipline directly related to, and leading toward, a profession in reclamation-related work.

2020

PhD
  • Michelle Valkanas
  • Michael Finn Curran
MS
  • M’Kenzie (Dayton) Dorman
BS
  • Kristen Soucheck

2019

PhD
  • Michael Nattrass
MS
  • Megan Ostrand
BS
  • Ashley Rovder

2018

PhD
  • Kenton Sena
MS
  • Amanda Pinnino
BS
  • Justin Hugo

2017

PhD
  • Fulton, Stephanie
MS
  • Angel, Hannah
BS
  • Long, Stephan

2016

PhD
  • Al-Lami, Mariam
MS
  • Jacobs, Amy
BS
  • Patton, Hannah

2015

PhD
  • RoyChowdhury, Abhishek
MS
  • Page, Bryan
BS
  • McManamen, Christine

2014

PhD
  • Uster, Benjamin
MS
  • Curran, Michael
BS
  • Folke, Niklas

2013

PhD
  • Rothlisberger-Lewis, Katie
MS
  • Sena, Kenton
BS
  • Peer, Rebecca

2012

PhD
  • LaBar, Julie
MS
  • Craig, Nina
BS
  • Angel, Hannah

2011

PhD
  • Oxenford, Leah
MS
  • Driessen, Cally
BS
  • Howren, Marjorie

2010

PhD
  • Salava, Caley Gasch
MS
  • Grembi, Jessica
BS
  • Horton, Leena

2009

PhD
  • Strosnider, William
MS
  • Tang, Shuli
BS
  • Clayton, Hannah

2008

PhD
  • Haque, Nazmul
MS
  • Eldridge, Joshua
BS
  • Fields-Johnson, Christopher

2007

PhD
  • Alford, Elan
  • Wick, Abbey
MS
  • Regula, Vicki
  • Werkmeister, Carrie

2006

MS
  • Miller, Andrew

Brandon Holzbauer-Sweitzer

Doctor of Philosophy

Brandon Holzbauer-Sweitzer received his undergraduate degree in environmental geoscience from Winona State University in 2014. He then moved to Oklahoma and completed two environmental science graduate degrees. His master’s work focused on using low-impact development best management practices as alternatives to traditional urban stormwater management. During his doctoral program, which he completed in May 2021, his work centered on using drones and spectral data to evaluate and predict surface water quality in passive treatment systems. He hopes to continue this work in a more applied setting when he starts a position with Linkan Engineering in June 2021. In his free time, Holzbauer-Sweitzer enjoys cooking, being outdoors, and relaxing with his wife, two dogs, and a cat. Holzbauer-Sweitzer is thrilled to be awarded the ASRS scholarship at the PhD level and hopes to continue participating in and presenting at in-person meetings for years to come.

Brianna Slothower

Master of Science

Brianna Slothower is a graduate research assistant working at Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute while attending Texas A&M University–Kingsville. In 2019, Slothower received her bachelor’s degree in fire ecology and management at University of Idaho. Her current project is evaluating the establishment of native grasses with an annual cover crop on a recently installed pipeline in south Texas. Upon completion of her master’s degree in range and wildlife management, Slothower would like to pursue a career in research and restoration. When she is not at work, Slothower enjoys exploring with her husband, collecting plants, and tending to her pet cat and lizard.

Hannah Curtis

Bachelor of Science

Hannah Curtis, from Norman, Oklahoma, is a senior at the University of Oklahoma. She will graduate in December 2021 with a double major in environmental engineering and cello performance and a minor in environmental sustainability. Curtis currently works as an undergraduate research assistant at both the OU Center for Risk and Crisis Management and the Oklahoma Water Survey and as a writing assistant for the OU Honors College. She conducts research with the Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds, performs with the OU Symphony Orchestra, and is involved in OU’s Integrity Council. Curtis is passionate about solving water quality issues with sustainable solutions and plans to pursue a master’s degree in environmental science starting in fall 2022.

Student Presentation Awards

Each year at the annual meeting, the Society sponsors a Student Oral and Poster Competition. All active Grad & Undergrad student members are eligible. There are three cash prizes for each of these two contests. In the case of a tie, more than one student may be awarded prizes.

Next awards will be presented at the 2022 Conference.

Student Oral Presentation Evaluation Criteria
Student Poster Presentation Evaluation Criteria

2019

Oral
  • 1st Michelle Valkanas
  • 2nd Michael Curran
  • 3rd Cassie Phillips
  • HM Ashley Rovder
  • HM Brandon Holzbauer-Schwertizer
  • HM Zepei Tang
Poster
  • 1st Megan Ostrand
  • 2nd Charles Spellman
  • 3rd Kaitlyn Trepanier

2018

Oral
  • 1st Amanda Pinnino
  • 2nd Stephanie Jean
  • 3rd Michael Nattrass
  • HM Cassie Phillips
  • HM Nick Shepherd
  • 1st Place Oral Presentation
  • Undergrad Gray Koeneman
Poster
  • 1st Michelle Valkanas
  • 2nd Brandon Holtzbaur-Schweitzer
  • 3rd Brianna Mayfield
  • HM Jennifer Kane

2017

  • Group
Oral
  • 1st Fielding, Ellen
  • 2nd King, Carolyn
  • 3rd Monteleone, Alexis
  • HM Vass, Christopher
  • HM Dement, Wesley
  • HM Buss, Jennifer
Poster
  • 1st Sikora, Amy
  • 2nd Pennino, Amanda
  • 3rd Michelle Valkanas
  • HM Spellman, Charles

2016

  • Group St. Francis Univ
Oral
  • 1st Al-Lami, Miriam
  • 2nd Robinson, Scott
  • 3rd Caterino, Bart
  • HM Aukopashvili, Marika
Poster
  • 1st Jacobs, Amy
  • 2nd Shepherd, Nicholas
  • 3rd Bauman, Jenise
  • 3rd Shanchez, Deicy

2015

Oral
  • 1st Timpano, Anthony
  • 2nd Scagline, Steffany
  • 3rd Smith, Sarah
  • HM Clark, Elyse
  • HM Hanson, Elizabeth
  • HM Zhang, Xiaoran
Poster
  • 1st Balthrup, David
  • 2nd Dieterman, Kristen
  • 3rd K, Daniel. Johnson

2014

Oral
  • 1st Brumley, Jessica
  • 2nd Sena, Kenton
  • 3rd Peer, Rebecca
Poster
  • 1st (UG) Anderson, Ruth
  • 2nd (UG) Zoubareva, Taya
  • 1st (GS) Paudel, Rachana
  • 2nd (GS) Cude,Seth

2013

Oral
  • 1st Oxenford, Leah
  • 2nd Odenheimer, Jessica
  • 3rd Borries, Blair
  • 3rd Fitzpatrick, Beth
  • 3rd Johnson, Daniel
  • Special (UG) da Rosa, Mariana
Poster
  • 1st Barr, Stephanie
  • 2nd Sena, Kenton
  • 3rd Angel, Hannah

2012

Oral
  • 1st Smith, Haley
  • 2nd Oxenford, Leah
  • 3rd Craig, Nina
Poster
  • 1st Angel, Hannah
  • 2nd Bradford, Timothy
  • 3rd Letalik, Melanie
  • 3rd McMillen, Kelly
  • 4th Neptune, Ashley
  • 4th Palmer, Kelsea

2011

Oral
  • 1st Hughes, Theresa
  • 2nd Pfeifle, Bryce
Poster
  • 1st Craig, Nina
  • 2nd Howren, Marjory
  • 2nd Ng, Justin
  • 3rd Lemke, Dawn

2010

Oral
  • 1st Neely, Cody
  • 2nd Hardisty, Dalton
  • 2nd Strosnider, William
  • 3rd Keene, Travis
  • 3rd Oxenford, Leah
Poster
  • 1st Nash, Whitney
  • 2nd Caporuscio, Abby
  • 3rd DeLong, Curtis
  • 3rd Grembi, Jessica

2009

Oral
  • 1st Garrido, Alan
  • 2nd Taylor, Carrie
  • 3rd Robinson-Lora, Mary Ann
  • 4th Clayton, Hannah
Poster
  • 1st Hartman, Janessa
  • 2nd Bird, Nicole
  • 2nd Gallangher, Lisa
  • 3rd Stucker, Valeria

2008

Oral
  • 1st Dere, Ashlee
  • 2nd Pereyra, Luciana
  • 2nd Venot, Christophe and Ruiz, Ana
  • 3rd Fields, Chris-Johnston
  • 3rd Mack, Ben
  • 3rd Meredith, Kelly
  • 3rd Strosnider, Bill
Poster
  • 1st Newcombe, Caroline

2007

Oral
  • 1st Masur, Deanne
  • 2nd Miller, Andrew
  • 3rd Wick, Abbey
Poster
  • 1st Haque, Nazmul
  • 2nd Strosnider, William
  • 2nd Wick, Abbey
  • 3rd Anderson, Jon
  • 3rd French, Michael
  • 3rd Johnston, Chris

Student Travel Grants

Travel grants are available for ASRS student members presenting a technical paper or poster at the Society’s Annual Conference held each year.

2022 Annual Meeting Travel Grant Application

Next awards will be presented at the 2022 Conference.

2019

  • Hannah Angel
  • Juan Arango Calderon
  • Jennifer Buss
  • Dayton Dorman
  • John Gaughan
  • Justin Hugo
  • James Ingendorf
  • Kari Lagan
  • Nicholas McKnight
  • Michael Nattrass
  • Megan Ostrand
  • Hannah Patton
  • Ashley Rovder
  • Staci Shoemaker
  • Debbie Slovikosky
  • Charles Spellman
  • Zepei Tang

2018

  • Group 1
  • Group 2
  • Group 3
  • Michael Nattrass
  • Rebecca Steinberg
  • Kenton Sena
  • Dan Brumm
  • David Leifer
  • Jennifer Kane
  • Brianna Mayfield
  • Taylor Wall
  • Michelle Valkanas
  • Cody Zink
  • Madison Peppers
  • Lindsey Ayn Schafer
  • Andrew Potopa
  • Amy Sikora

2017

  • Group
  • Fulton, Stephanie
  • Angel, Hannah
  • Long, Stefan
  • Fleisher, Kurt
  • Pennino, Amanda
  • Tomkowski, Kevin
  • Vinglish, Joshua
  • Madl, David
  • Shepherd, Nick
  • Rovder, Ashley
  • Tang, Zepei
  • Giri, Poonam
  • Justin, Hugo
  • Mignogna, Lydia
  • Wolfe, Staci
  • Spellman, Charles
  • Holzbauer-Schweitzer, Brandon

2016

  • Monteleone, Alexis C.
  • Bills Walsh, Kathryn
  • Rensel, Sawyer
  • Caterino, Bart

2015

  • Dieterman, Kristen
  • Johnson, Daniel
  • Page, Bryan
  • RoyChowdhury, Abhishek
  • Shephard, Nick

2014

  • Cude, Seth
  • Curran, Michael
  • Folke, Niklas
  • Peer, Rebecca
  • Uster, Benjamin
  • Zoubareva, Taya

2013

  • Angel, Hannah
  • Barr, Stephanie
  • Borries, Blair
  • Buyantogtokh, Uuganbayer
  • Odenheimer, Jessica
  • Oxenford, Leah
  • Sena, Kenton
  • Stephens, Garrett
  • Webb, Ryan

2012

  • Angel, Hannah
  • Emenhiser, Stephen
  • Martin, Luke
  • Martin, Robert
  • Neptune, Ashley
  • Palmer, Kelsea
  • Smith, Haley
  • Yepez, Sarah

2011

  • Cox, Lisa
  • Craig, Nina
  • Howren, Marjorie
  • Hughes, Theresa
  • Lilly, Kyle
  • Young, Iam

2010

  • Caporuscio, Abby
  • DeLong, Curtis
  • Grembi, Jessica
  • Hardisty, Dalton
  • Keene, Travis
  • Nash, Whitney
  • Neely, Cody
  • Oxenford, Leah
  • Strosnider, William