Trainees Receive Travel Grant to Attend Chlorinated Solvents Conference

Zhilin Guo and Kayla Virgone each received a travel grant to attend the Ninth International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds as student assistants, May 19-22, 2014, in Monterey, California. The grants were received from the conference sponsor, Battelle, a non-profit applied science and technology development company. Guo, a 2013-2014 University of Arizona Superfund Research Program (UA SRP) Training Core Fellow, and Virgone, a UA SRP Trainee, are graduate students in the Dept. of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science, and are mentored by UA SRP investigator Dr. Mark Brusseau (Project 6). As student assistants, the two helped provide audio-visual support, monitor sessions, and generally help the conference run more smoothly. In return, they received free conference registration and accommodations, in addition to a small stipend.

Guo, who is originally from China, found the trip to be a very good experience. She enjoyed visiting Monterey, remarking on its beauty, comfortable weather, lovely beaches, and fun activities such as whale watching. She was able to network with a number of attendees who work in industry, and the conference provided a number of student activities, from workshops to mixers. She said she received helpful information for future job hunting and interviews, as well as “much information about the performance of innovative technologies when they were applied, and the limitations, which can help us to pay more attention to those difficulties in our future studies.”

Congratulations to our trainees on this great experience!