We are celebrating our very own Nick Haas’ receipt of the prestigious national competition by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) called the Outstanding Student Paper Award! Nick’s participation in the AGU competition was sponsored by Argonne National Lab and his supervisor Ben O’Connor in the Ecological and Hydrologic Modeling Team. Nick was researching how discharge at hydropower plants affects downstream river health as part of ANL Watershed and Hydropower Assessment. Nick began this research as a participant in the Educational Programs provided by ANL.

ERE Student Nick Haas by his award winning poster at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in San Francisco, CA.

The AGU awards are given to recognize student excellence in geoscience research and presentation (Nick differentiated himself in this category by engaging his audience with a brilliant presentation) at the AGU National meetings.  Poster presentations are judged based on timing, clarity of expression, effective use of illustrations, organization, and logic.  Nick was one of 30 winners chosen out of 800 student presentations in the Hydrology section at the 2011 AGU Fall meeting.

Read the citation in AGU’s EOS newsletter which is online for AGU members. The award is within AGU’s Hydrology Section.