Award Description

CSWEA presents an Academic Excellence Award to a student from each university with a recognized Graduate Program in Environmental Engineering in the state which is to host the annual meeting. Nominations are made by the faculty of the engineering department. The recipient award winner will receive a cash award, a paid one-year student membership in the Central States Water Environment Association and a Letter of Commendation from the Association president. The award recipient will be invited to the annual conference and the registration fee, including the Association luncheon and banquet, will be paid by the Association. The award will be presented at the annual banquet.


Policy and Procedures

1.     Under the conditions defined herein, an award to be known as the Central States Water Environment Association, Inc., Academic Excellence Award may be presented to a maximum of one student per year per eligible institution located within the State Section hosting the Annual Conference.

2.     An eligible institution shall be a college or university in the Annual Meeting Host State having a recognized graduate or undergraduate program in engineering or biological sciences.

3.     The Academic Excellence Subcommittee shall be chaired by the 2nd Vice President. The host State Section Trustee, Student Design Competition Chair and the YP Representative shall also serve on the committee to help identify eligible institutions.  Additional committee members may be appointed at the option of the President.

4.     The candidates shall be selected by the Department Chairman, or other designated person, at the eligible institutions. The 2nd Vice President will contact the Host State Trustee for a list of each of the eligible institutions.  Each institution will be provided with a description of the Academic Excellence Award and the necessary application forms. The names of the candidates must be submitted by the institution to the 2nd Vice President by December 1.

5.     Eligible students must be enrolled in a full-time study program in engineering at the undergraduate level or graduate in an eligible institution.

6.    The Academic Excellence Award shall consist of a $300 cash award, a paid one-year student membership in the Association and WEF, and a letter of commendation from the Association President. Award recipients will be invited to the Annual Conference and the registration fee, including the Association Luncheon and Banquet, will be paid by the Association. If the award recipient attends the Annual Awards Banquet, they shall receive one complimentary night’s lodging and $50.00 for expenses. The Association President will present the Award(s) to the recipient(s) at the Annual Banquet.


Toni Ajayi
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Charles Christen
St. Cloud State University



2022Angeline Decker, University of Wisconsin – Platteville
Ben Edwards, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
Carly Amstadt, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Claire Baldus, Marquette University
Joshua Kleinschmidt, Milwaukee School of Engineering
Yanan Zhoa-University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
2021Chunjie Xia, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
George Kontos, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
Max Kron, Bradley University
McKenna Farmer, Northwestern University
Boyang Lu, Illinois Institute of Technology
David Davila, Northern Illinois University
2020Anndee Huff, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
2019Eileen Kennedy, Marquette University
Alexander Weislak, Milwaukee School of Engineering
Neil Funseth, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Qionqion Dong, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
McKenna Farmer, University of Wisconsin – Platteville
Daniel Rider, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
2018Marissa Campobasso, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Jennifer DeBellis, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
Brendan Ahern, Bradley University
Paul Roots, Northwestern University
Xiaolong Wang, Illinois Institute of Technology
2017 Zeinab Takbiri, Univ of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Henry Croll, Univ of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Megan Cox, St. Cloud State Univ
Allison Herzog, Minnesota State Univ – Mankato
2016 Finn Finucane, Milwaukee School of Engineering
Vadym Ianaiev, Univ of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
Stephen Matthias, Univ of Wisconsin – Madison
Xiaopeng Min, Univ of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Matthew Nichols, Univ of Wisconsin – Green Bay
Eric Osterdyk, Univ of Wisconsin – Platteville
Kaushik Venkiteshwaran, Marquette University
2015 Gurmanpreet Bhupal, Illinois Institute of Technology
Diana Byrne, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign
Han Gao, Northwestern University
Laura Haak, Illinois Institute of Technology
Lance Langer, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign
Zeying Zhu, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
2014 Anthony Adderley, Minnesota State University-Mankato
David T. Tan, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
2013 Adam R. Groshek, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Amanda Heller, Milwaukee School of Engineering
Sally Shumaker, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Allen Williams, Marquette University
Li Xiao, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2012 Marina Arnaldos Orts, Illinois Institute of Technology
Michael Giannetto, Northwestern University
Taylor Swanson, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Anthony Straub, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2011 Evan Hunter, University of MN, Duluth
Greg LeFevre, University of MN, Twin Cities
Carl J. Sorensen, MN State University, Mankato
2010 No Award Given
2009 Petia Tontcheva, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Kathryn Weissman, Illinois Institute of Technology
2008 Alison Ling, University of MN, Twin Cities
Carla Petrich, University of MN, Duluth
Michael Petersen, MN State University, Mankato
2007 Ryan Holzem UW Platteville
Stacy Erin Metz, UW Madison
Mark Hope, Marquette University
Yang Liu, UW Milwaukee
2006 Carlos Lopez, U of I
Adhiraj Joshi

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