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Summer Research in Water Management - University of Kansas

Summer Research in Water Management - University of Kansas

Undergraduate Summer Research Positions at University of Kansas and West Virginia University in Produced Water Management

Multiple undergraduate research positions are available for Summer 2019 at the University of Kansas and West Virginia University as part of an NSF supported research program to address the treatment, management and environmental impacts of produced water- wastewater resulting from oil and gas production. Students will work with a faculty mentor on an 8 week research project addressing one of the following research areas:

  • New technologies for produced water treatment
  • Impacts of produced water disposal on water quality and ecosystem function
  • Methods for reducing freshwater use in oil and gas production
  • Characterizing produced water and formation brine chemistry

Applicants should be majoring in a technical field and have completed an introductory course in their discipline prior to this program. Students must not have completed their undergraduate degree as of June, 2019, to be eligible.

Program Details

Research projects will be carried out during June and July, 2019. Students will receive a stipend of ~$3,400, with additional funding available for travel and research expenses. Project-specific training will be supplied during the program. Students will present their research results at the end of the project, and work with faculty mentors on publication of their work.

Application Process:

To view the available projects and to complete an application please visit:  Applications should be submitted online by March 11, 2019 to be considered for this program. Since cross-university collaboration is a goal of this program, preference will be given to students willing to relocate for the summer (i.e. KU Students to Morgantown, WV and WVU students to Lawrence, KS). For more information, please contact the program coordinator for your university.

Program Coordinator Contact Information:

KU: Edward Peltier, Dept. of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering. Email:; Phone: 785-864-2941

WVU Shawn Grushecky, School of Natural Resources, Energy Land Management email:; 304-293-9417