2016-2017 Travel Grant Recipients

Sample of TIE Travel Grant Recipients 2016-2017:

Rachael Bonoan, PhD Candidate, Biology

(Rachel is in front row, fourth from right)

“Honey bee fever and thermal imaging”
Social Insects in the Northeast Regions (SINNERS), Washington, D.C., 10-11 December 2016

Because of TIE Funding… Since I study social insects (honey bees), this conference was a great opportunity to network with people in this niche of ecology. Being able to attend this conference was also beneficial to me because I presented data from a pilot project and I asked conference attendees for suggestions. I got suggestions from other bee people, ant people, and termite people; the varied social insect expertise was invaluable!


Anastasia Korolov, Undergraduate Research Fellow, Physics

“Probability Distributions for Drought and Precipitation in Different US Regions” 
American Meteorological Society 16th Annual Student Conference, Seattle, Washington, 21-22 January 2017

Because of TIE Funding… The TIE travel grant allowed me to travel to the conference and present my poster, and gave me a chance to interact with other students doing similar research. I also got a chance to see what research other students are doing in this field. While I’ve presented posters before, this was my first time doing so at such a large conference, and it gave me the opportunity to improve my presentation skills in a one-on-one setting, as well as to an audience.

Jory Hecht, PhD, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering

  “Incorporating the uncertainty of excessive flow alteration into hydropower-ecosystem tradeoffs”

World Environmental and Water Resources Congress (American Society of Civil Engineers – Environmental and Water Resources Institute), Sacramento, California, 21-25 May 2017

Because of TIE Funding… I presented my talk in a Sustainability session focused on the energy-water nexus.  I was put in this session because of the hydropower emphasis of my work, but the topics were diverse and ones with which I am not as familiar.  I heard multiple presentations related to the water footprint of various energy sources in California, and another presentation related to the water temperature impacts of thermoelectric power plants. I tried to draw parallels between my flow alteration work, and the temperature alteration work that a Ph.D. student from the University of Illinois was doing. Attending this session piqued my interest in the water-energy nexus and led me to contemplate some of the renewable energy integration issues I had pondered when I attended a pre-conference workshop for a grant I was previously awarded for hydropower-related research.