2017 Center for Urban Waters summer internship program grooms future scientists

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Mix five UWT faculty, four talented science colleagues and fourteen eager undergraduate students and you are certain to learn some things – and have some fun.  This year’s Urban Waters Summer Internship program provided students from UW Tacoma, Pierce College, and Lawrence University the opportunity to work within research groups examining a range of environmental issues. UW Tacoma faculty from the Nursing & Healthcare Leadership Program and the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences joined colleagues from WSU Puyallup, RAIN, and Urban Waters to mentor the 2017 cohort.  Projects spanned a wide range including:

  • developing mass spectrometric methods characterizing stormwater
  • making the first measurements of microplastics in the Puyallup River
  • examining long-term trends in streamflows in the Puget Sound watershed
  • understanding how watershed restoration groups use science

Through their investigations, the interns enhanced links between Urban Waters and collaborators at state and federal agencies, with other university scientists, and with academic departments at UW Tacoma.  The Urban Waters Summer Internship Program is made possible by generous donations by our supporters in the community.

Learn more about the 2017 interns.

Written by: 
Joel Baker / September 19, 2017
Media contact: 

Joel Baker, jebaker@uw.edu