Research Scholarship Winners Announced

08/02/2022 10:05 AM

The CREF Board of Trustees has announced the winners of this year's College Compost Research Scholarships for college students. Two students were awarded national scholarships. The Foundation received many worthwhile applications but these two stood above the rest.  The CREF annual scholarship is available to college students to assist with their current research projects. The goal of the scholarship is to encourage more compost-related research projects, a core mission of the Foundation. The students receive not only a financial award but are also invited to present their finished work at the USCC Annual Conference during a CREF research session.

The winners this year are Maryam Saffari Aman, who is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Environmental Resources Engineering at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Her research project will involve characterizing the prevalence and persistence of PFAS in commercially available compost. Grant Goedjen, the other winner, is a doctoral candidate with the University of Minnesota's Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering Department. Grant’s research project aims to examine degradation or lack thereof of commonly applied pesticides in commercial composting operations.  Learn more about these two projects:

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