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The SCWRC Paul A. Conrads Student Poster Competition

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Over 1,020 people have attended the past five conferences, and there have been several dozen people who have attended every one. One of those persons was Paul Conrads, a surface-water specialist with U.S. Geological Survey. Paul not only attended, but presented as well, oftentimes in both the oral and poster sessions. In the SCWRC archives, he is the author on five presentations and a co-author on 18 others. While with USGS, he assisted many water utilities, state agencies, universities and non-profits in making science-based decisions in water-resource management. He was on the cutting edge of science with regard to "big data" and data mining. He was one of the pioneers of Artificial Neural Networks, a science that utilized the real-time data of the USGS with a means to understand the effects of drought, which are challenging to quantify adjacent to the ocean. His work in this field was recognized internationally.   

South Carolina has lost a passionate and brilliant water resources scientist, as Paul passed in December 2017. In memory of Paul and his dedication to water resources science and enthusiastic and memorable SCWRC participation, the student poster competition that is held during the South Carolina Water Resources Conference will be named after him. Students who are interested in participating in “The Paul A. Conrads Student Poster Competition” are encouraged to review Paul’s SCWRC manuscripts and posters in the TigerPrints archives at to get a glimpse of the remarkable work of a person who is a notable role model for those interested in pursuing educations and careers in water resources.

Congratulations to the 2016 Winners of the Student Poster Competition:

  1. Laura Garcia Chance, Clemson University
    Clemson WOW Project: Successes of a water quality outreach program
  2. Erin Peck, University of South Carolina- Aiken
    Evaluating a Commercial Sodium Humate Product for the Reduction of Bioavailable Copper and Zinc in Surface Water
  3. Natasha Bell, Clemson University
    Plant Selections for Vegetative Channels: Evaluation of seven aquatic plant species for susceptibility to five species of Phytophthora
  4. TIE for 4th PLACE 
  • Kristin Cochran, University of South Carolina
    Removal and transformation of persistent priority emerging contaminants via advanced oxidation techniques and transformation product identification using mass spectrometry
  • Lauren Garcia Chance, Clemson University
    Water Quality Effects of Floating Treatment Wetland Systems to Remediate Plant Production Runoff

Student Poster Competition

Posters are judged on criteria such as:

suitability for SCWRC audience; 

logic and understandability of material; 

efficient use of poster space; 

significance and originality of material presented; and 

adequate description of context for material.