In the desert, water takes center stage at NAU’s inaugural Student Water Symposium

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Doing research on water? There’s a symposium for that.

Denielle Perry, an assistant professor in the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at Northern Arizona University, and graduate students in her water resources policy and management course will host the inaugural Student Water Symposium April 19-20 in the Havasupai Room of the University Union.

All graduate and undergraduate students can present research on any water-related topic. Students can give oral presentations or posters. Awards will be given for best paper and poster at graduate and undergraduate levels.

Students from every department can submit abstracts online now through March 16.

Perry, who coordinated this event while she was a graduate student at the University of Nevada-Reno, said students from any department are welcome to participate. The organizers hoped to see a diversity of subjects and types of research related to water.

“If you write literature about the environment and are inspired by water issues, you can present on that,” Perry said. “It’s not just for the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences.”

In addition to research presentations, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days, there will be community outreach events at the Cline Library Assembly Hall both evenings. On Thursday, author Tim Palmer will discuss his book, “Wild and Scenic Rivers: An American Legacy,” and on Friday night a film screening and panel discussion supported by CUAHSI’s  (the Consortium of Universities for the Advance of Hydrologic Science, Inc.)Let’s Talk About Water” grant program will take up the theme of “The Wild & Scenic Rivers Act: 50 Years of Conservation & Beyond.”

For more information, visit the Student Water Symposium website.

NAU Communications