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Industry Partners Needed for a Rural Drinking Water Quality Research Project with Memorial University

A rural drinking water quality research project led by the Environmental Policy Institute, at Grenfell Campus – Memorial University is seeking Industry partners to work with internship students.

This study aims to identify the types of risks and challenges influencing drinking water quality and availability in rural areas, with a particular emphasis on communities of 1,000 residents or less in NL. There are four major components of this research study that will be assessed:

  • Source Water Quality and Quantity
  • Water Distribution Infrastructure and Municipal Water Treatment
  • Public Perception, Awareness, and Demand
  • Policy and Governance

The research project is seeking Mitacs funding for 6, 3 month internships. The requirement of Mitacs funding states the students must spend at least 1/3 of their internship with an industry partner, this equals a total of 3 weeks full time of work (35 hours/week). More information about the Mitacs program can be found at: Funding for these 6 internships would be provided by the Harris Centre – RBC-Water Research and Outreach Fund and Mitacs.

The project is seeking industry partners to act as non-financial partners, who will house the graduate students. The interns can be working independently on project research from industry partner offices (supervised by the research team) or could be doing work for the industry partner either in the office or in the field (as long as the work relates to the project’s research).

If you would be interested in accepting an intern for 3 weeks either in Fall 2013 or Winter 2014 please contact the NL Rural Water Quality project coordinator, Sarah Minnes, at:

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