Montgomery Prizes awarded to NAU, UA grad students

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Once again, M&A continued a longstanding tradition by awarding the Montgomery Prize to a student from the University of Arizona’s Hydrology & Water Resources Department. The winner, Zhao Yang, a PhD candidate, was selected by a panel of professionals based on oral presentations at the El Dia del Agua Symposium. Yang’s presentation was entitled “Urban effects on regional climate, water, and energy demand: A case study in the Phoenix and Tucson corridor”

Vaden Aldridge was chosen as the 2015 recipient of the NAU Montgomery Prize. Vaden completed his thesis this past spring under the supervision of Dr. Abe Springer. His research was an investigation of hydrogeological parameters related to forest restoration as part of 4FRI in northern Arizona.

Each year, M&A also sponsors the Montgomery Prize for the best oral presentation at GeoDaze, a student-run symposium organized each year by the Department of Geosciences at the UA. This year’s winner was Devon Orme.

Each award includes $2,000 in cash — a symbol of M&A’s ongoing commitment to promoting excellence in research and communication in the fields of hydrology and geology.