2023 Dissertation Awards

Dissertation Awards recognize outstanding Ph.D. dissertations on water issues, one in each of the following categories:

1) Water Policy and SocioEconomics
2) Natural Science and Engineering

Award Details

Award recipients will receive a $250 award, be recognized at a Water Institute event, and be nominated for the UCOWR Ph.D. Dissertation Award through UF’s UCOWR delegates, Drs. Michael Dukes, Wendy Graham, and David Kaplan.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be nominated by faculty advisor (must be a Water Institute Affiliate Faculty member)
  • Ph.D. Students who have completed their dissertations between September 1, 2021 and August 31, 2023

Application Materials

  • Ph.D. Dissertation
    • In cases where journal articles or other documents were accepted in lieu of a dissertation, digital copies of those documents that constituted the dissertation requirements must be submitted
  • Letter of nomination from faculty advisor (must be a Water Institute Affiliate Faculty member)
    • Letter must include the Ph.D. advisor’s mailing address, email address, and phone number

Review Criteria

  • Quality and clarity of writing
  • Originality and innovation
  • Scientific merit, technical quality; soundness of research
  • Understanding of previous related research
  • Contribution to and impact on water resources research


Christian A. Rodriguez
Program Assistant


September 1, 2023

Decision Date

November 1, 2023