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IGA STUDENT GRANTS

The IGA offers small grants to partially support student research on groundwater or related topics. Applications are evaluated on the basis of scientific merit, capability of the applicant, and the level of requested funding as it relates to the proposed work.  These grants are open to any graduate or undergraduate student registered at an accredited Illinois college or university.  A condition of the grant is that grant recipients present the findings of their research at an IGA meeting. 

NOTE: The scope of the grants program has been slightly expanded to include research relevant to Illinois groundwater, not just groundwater research at sites within Illinois. Applications must be postmarked by the 2nd Friday of November and the 4th Friday in April for consideration during the fall and spring cycles, respectively. For more information, see the 2013 application, or contact the IGA Student Grants Coordinator, Ed Mehnert.

Year Awardee Title Amount
2013
spring
Alissa James , MS student, ISU, Department of Geography-Geology, Normal
A microcosm study into fluctuations of denitrification rates within the hyporheic zone $500
2012
spring
Clinton R. Bailey, M.S. student, Northern Illinois University, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences,
DeKalb
Determining the source water of the Nachusa Grasslands' sand boil flow network via geochemical and stable isotope techniques $500 for field and lab supplies
     
2011
fall
Laura Hanna, M.S. student, ISU, Department of Geography-Geology, Normal
Quantifying Hormone Removal from Groundwater Seepage Out of a Constructed Wetland Receiving Wastewater Effluent. $500 for field and lab supplies

Ryan Cox, M.S. student, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

A Model of Groundwater Contaminant Transport in the Henry Formation Alluvial Aquifer, Gallatin County, Illinois. $500 for field supplies
2010
fall
Randi Liescheidt, M.S. student, ISU, Department of Geography-Geology, Normal
Using O and H Isotopes to Trace Sources of Groundwater in Constructed Wetlands. $500 for field supplies

Derek Hartmann, M.S. student, Bradley University, Peoria

Anoxic Rotating Biological Contactors for Achievement of Denitrification. $500 for field and lab supplies
2009
fall
Jessica Ackerman, MS student, ISU, Department of Geography-Geology, Normal
Quantifying nutrient removal from groundwater seepage out of a constructed wetlands receiving wastewater effluent. $500 for field supplies
Karel Waska, Ph.D. student, NIU, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, DeKalb Remediation of heavy metals polluted soils in extremely alkaline environment (pH >12) at Lake Calumet wetlands. $500 for remediation column supplies
2009
spring
Hridaya Bastola, MS student, ISU, Department of Geography-Geology, Normal
Identification of preferential pathways for hyporheic flow using bromide tracing as a parallel study on the effects of seasonal temperature variation on the temperature profile of the streambed. $500 for analytical costs
Benjamin Maas, MS student, ISU, Department of Geography-Geology, Normal
Short term investigation of spatial and temporal changes in water quality of the Driftless Area in Northwest Illinois. $500 for analytical costs
2008
spring
Carol Glennon, MS student, ISU, Department of Geography-Geology, Normal
Evaluating the role of sinuosity in the removal of nitrate from Little Kickapoo Creek $500 for analytical costs
Andrew Greenhagen, MS student, NIU, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, DeKalb
Fate and transport of pharmaceuticals in soil and groundwater $500 for constructing laboratory columns
2007
fall
Joyce Harris, MS student, ISU, Department of Geography-Geology, Normal
Recovery of hyporheic function in modified agricultural streams over time, Headwaters of the Mackinaw River, Illinois, USA $500
2007 spring
Kathleen Giambeluca, BS student
Augustana College
Assessment of prevalence of heavy metal concentration at Giant Goose Conservation Education Workshop, Fort Atkinson, IL $500 for analytical costs
John E. Keller, PhD student, SIU, Department of Geology, Carbondale Investigation of the theoretical and practical applications of the direct push permeameter (DPP) methodology on the determination of hydraulic conductivity

$500 for software and field travel

Samantha Lax, MS student, ISU, Department of Geography-Geology, Normal Creating a model to predict stream chloride concentrations resulting from change in land use $500 for analytical costs
Lisa Rauh, BS student, NIU, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, DeKalb A hydrogeologic site investigation of the former Monarch Foundary, Plano, IL $500 for field supplies & analytical costs
Dominic Strezo, MS student, ISU, Department of Geography-Geology, Normal The role of beaver dams on hyporheic processes and the quantification of nitrogen across the associated looping flowpaths $500 for analytical costs
2006
Anirban Basu, ISU, Department of Geography-Geology, Normal Quantifying nitrogen cycling between groundwater and surface water using numerical modeling and mass flux calculations $500
Kristine Karuhn, NIU, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, DeKalb Impacts of high-density septic systems on surface and groundwater quality and quantity $500
2005
Samuel Gillet, NIU, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, DeKalb Field-based estimation and characterization of shallow aquifer recharge in DeKalb County: A pre-urbanization baseline study $450
Katrina Hall, SIU, Department of Geology, Carbondale Surfactant enhanced remediation of a LNAPL spill $500
2004
Kathleen Bryant, NIU, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, DeKalb Effects of Long-Term Exposure to Halogenated Compounds on the Chemistry and Matrix Structure of Clays in Northern Illinois $295
Amy Schwarz, NIU, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, DeKalb Site Characterization of Two Southeast Rockford, Illinois Sites Contaminated with Chlorinated Solvents and Heavy Metals $400
Cole Bertsch, NEIU, Department of Earth Science, Chicago Comparison of Chemical and Hydrogeologic Properties of Groundwater Extracted from Hollow-Stem Auger and Direct Push Monitoring Wells $400
2003
Becky A. Ciske, NEIU, Department of Earth Science, Chicago A Study of the Effects of Precipitation on Methane Production and its Relationship with the Chemical Composition of Leachate at a Landfill Site $300
Diane M. Lamb, ISU, Department of Geography-Geology, Normal A Study of Nitrate Transport in the Vadose Zone in a Central Illinois Agricultural Area $300
Steven Kroll, NIU, Department of Geology, DeKalb Influence of Oxygenates on the Fate and Transport of BTEX Compounds in Fine Grained Soils $300
2002
Rosa Leal-Bautista, NIU, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences Sorption of MTBE on Clay-Rich Deposits in Northern Illinois $300
2001
No grants awarded    
2000
Allen Oertel, SIU, Department of Civil Engineering, Carbondale Evaluation of Subsurface Dentrification Potential at a Biosolids Disposal Site $200
1999
Craig Perciante, Wheaton College, Department of Geology, Wheaton Hydrogeologic Characterization of the West Branch Fen of DuPage County $200
1998
No grants awarded    
1997  
Matthew A. Barner, Wheaton College, Department of Geology, Wheaton A Wellhead Protection Study for the Fisherman’s Inn Restaurant near Elburn, Illinois $150
Leo M. Kurylo, NIU, Department of Geology, DeKalb Effects of Fluid Chemistry on Calcite Overgrowth Morphology $100
John J. Noyes, NEIU, Department of Earth Science, Chicago Electrokinetically Enhanced DNAPL Removal:  Implications for Cleanup of Contaminated Soils $200
1996 
Kurt Kraske, NIU, Department of Geology, DeKalb Movement and Evolution of Nitrogen Compounds in the Prairie Aquigroup and Alexandrian - Maquoketa Aquifer in Campton Township, Kane County, Illinois $50
Yanzhong Liang, U of I, Department of Geological Sciences, Chicago Speciation and Complexation of Lead in Contaminated Surfaces and Ground Waters $200
1995  
Rebecca Reid, NIU, Department of Geology, DeKalb Hydrogeological Characterization of Ground Water at a Wetland in Van Pattern Woods $300
Reynald De Castro, ISU, Department of Geography-Geology, Normal Groundwater Chemistry Across a Buried Anticline in Douglas County, Illinois $200
1994  
Jinnan Ahou, U of I, Department of Civil Engineering, Chicago Effect of Slug Hydrodynamic Efficiency on the Accuracy of Field Hydraulic Conductivity Tests in Highly Permeable Formations $275
Jacqueline N. Morrison, NIU, Department of Geology, DeKalb Influence of Buried Bedrock Valleys in North-Central Illinois on Recharge and Groundwater Flow in the Prairie, Upper Bedrock and Midwest Bedrock Aquigroups $350
Richard Poland, NEIU, Department of Earth Science, Chicago Field Comparison of Three Methods of Measuring K in the Vadose Zone $200
1993 
Daina Hardisty, NIU, Department of Geology, DeKalb Geochemical Characterization of Groundwater in Glacial Drift Aquifers in Northern Lake County, Illinois $300
Timothy A. McDonald, SIU, Department of Geology, Carbondale Guelph Permeameter Variability and Development of an Inexpensive Automated, Modified Guelph Permeameter $300
1992
Sandra L. Kubilus, NEIU, Department of Earth Science, Chicago Hydrology of Lake Michigan Tributary, Lake County, Illinois $250
1991
Chittaranjan Ray , U of I, Department of Civil Engineering, Urbana
Solute Transport in a Dual Porosity System Resulting from Plant Roots, Root Channels, and Other Macropores $210
1990 
Edward Mehnert, U of I, , Department of Civil Engineering, Urbana Aquifer Characterization Using Earth Tide Response in Wells $200
Georgia G. Brown, NIU, Department of Geology, DeKalb Geology of an Illinois Riverine Wetland Complex $230
1989 
Martin C. Keeley, NIU, Department of Geology, DeKalb Mallard North Landfill, Fractured Clay Cover Study $200
Elaine C. Schwartz, NIU, Department of Geology, DeKalb The Ground Water Flow Regime and the Extent of Agricultural Contamination in DeKalb County, Illinois $200
1988 
Paula Sanford, U of I, Department of Geology, Chicago Groundwater Movement near a Small Pond $230
Erik D. Spande, NIU, Department of Geology, DeKalb Impacts of Subsurface Coal Mining on Local and Regional Groundwater Flow in the Illinois Basin $200 (declined after receiving research grant)
1987  
Pamela A. Aubuchon, SIU, Department of Geology, Carbondale A Geophysical and Hydrogeologic Investigation of an Oil-Field Brine Plume located in Western Saline County, Illinois $200
Bethany C. Price, NIU, Department of Geology, DeKalb Infiltration and Leachate Production at a Landfill in Northeastern Illinois $210
David A Schumacher, NIU, Department of Geology, DeKalb Groundwater Flow through the Galena and Platteville Groups in DeKalb and Kane Counties, Illinois $295

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