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    The Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) was founded in 1964 as an expansion of the Universities Council on Hydrology.  UCOWR is an association of universities and organizations leading in education, research, and public service in water resources. UCOWR members and delegates are at the forefront of water resources related research and education, and represent various fields of natural and social science.


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Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) and National Institutes of Water Resources (NIWR)

2018 Annual Water Resources Conference

June 26-28, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA

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Join us as we head east to the "Point" of confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, in the transformed "Steel City," Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the 2018 UCOWR/NIWR Annual Conference. 

The Conference Planning Committee invites you to propose a Special Session for the conference.  A special session organizers' role is to propose a relevant and timely topic, recruit speakers to submit abstracts to the session, and moderate the session during the June 2018 Conference.  Special sessions can be in the form of a panel discussion, a group of 4 or more oral presentations on a specific topic, or a group of lightning (5 minute) talks followed by group discussion.  Multiple session track proposals are welcome.  Those interested in organizing and hosting a special session should provide the following information:

  • Title of proposed special session
  • A brief description (less than 350 words) stating the importance of the topic and the rationale for the proposed session
  • Organizer(s), including contact information
  • Type of proposed session(s): panel discussion, full length talks (20 min), or lightning talks (5 min) followed by discussion
  • A draft list of presenters (to submit abstracts via the general call for abstracts) and their tentative titles.

The above information should be submitted directly to the Conference Chair, Kevin McGuire (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and Technical Program Chair, Bryan Swistock (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), no later than September 22, 2017


We are pleased to announce the student presentation awards from the 2017 UCOWR/NIWR conference in Fort Collins, CO. All recipients received a monetary award. Congratulations!

Student Poster Presentation Award Recipients
1st place: Chelsea Panos, Colorado School of Mines 
2nd place: Uyen (Amy) Truong, Texas A&M University
3rd place (tie): Sulochan Dhungel, University of Utah; and Ryan Gilliam, Colorado School of Mines

Student Oral Presentation Award Recipients
1st place: James Keeler, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
2nd place: Allison Rhea, Colorado State University
3rd place (tie): Zach Zambreski, Kansas State University; and Maritza Flores Marquez, University of California, Davis

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