MSU graduate students awarded Humphrys, Rose fellowships for water research

Seven Michigan State University graduate students who are passionate about and dedicated to solving Great Lakes and global water challenges were recently awarded fellowships.

Humphrys Fellowship Recipients (left to right): Mary Ensch, April Athnos, Chelsea Weiskerger, Janice Albers. Not pictured : Eleanor Rapolee. Fellowship Sponsors (Center): Kirby Bradford and Jud Bradford.
Humphrys Fellowship Recipients (left to right): Mary Ensch, April Athnos, Chelsea Weiskerger, Janice Albers. Not pictured : Eleanor Rapolee. Fellowship Sponsors (Center): Kirby Bradford and Jud Bradford.

Michigan State University recently celebrated seven students who are passionate about and dedicated to solving Great Lakes and global water challenges. These outstanding MSU graduate students were honored for their innovation and excellence on Sept. 24, 2019, at the MSU Kellogg Conference Center by their faculty mentors, Center for Water Sciences, the Graduate School and College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. 

Selected to receive the Dr. Clifford R. Humphrys Fellowship for Preservation of Water Quality in the Great Lakes fellowships and Rose Graduate Fellowship in Water Research fellowships, the students will use these funds to support their water quality research in the Great Lakes and beyond. The luncheon was an occasion for the fellowship recipients to meet and talk with the Humphrys Fellowship sponsors and also connect with one another. This was the first opportunity the students had to learn about each other and the distinct and exciting areas of water research that will undertaken. 

Rose Fellowship Recipients Ryan Julien and Demetris Coleman.
Rose Fellowship Recipients Ryan Julien and Demetris Coleman.

This year five meritorious graduate students received the Dr. Clifford R. Humphrys Fellowship for Preservation of Water Quality in the Great Lakes Fellowship to support their research efforts in the Great Lakes. The recipients are Janice Albers, April Athnos, Mary Ensch, Eleanor Rappolee and Chelsea Weiskerger. This fellowship was created by Jud and Kirby Bradford in honor of their father Dr. Clifford R. Humphrys.

Dr. Humphrys was an alumnus and professor at MSU, an innovator in applying aerial photo analysis to the study of soils, lakes, and streams, and founder of the Michigan Lake and Stream Association. The Bradfords were thrilled to meet the recipients and learn about the students’ academic  research and passion for tackling water issues. “Just what we had hoped to enable,” said Jud Bradford.  

Two other deserving graduate students received the Rose Graduate Fellowship in Water Research to further their water research projects. The recipients are Demetris Coleman and Ryan Julien. This fellowship was created by Dr. Joan and Tom Rose. Joan’s position as professor and Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research here at MSU coupled with her passion for water, motivated the couple to establish this fellowship from the Stockholm Water Prize which Dr. Rose won in 2016. “The students and their great work is what this is all about,” said Dr. Rose.

Attendees at the luncheon also included Ron Hendrick, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Rique Campa, associate dean of the Graduate School, and Dr. Erin Dreelin of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.


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