Jody Connor Student Awards 2020

January 20, 2021

Contact: Philip Forsberg, Director of Programs & Operations
Phone: 608-233-2836

North American Lake Management Society Announces 2020 Student Award Winners

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Each year, NALMS presents student awards to the best student presentation and best student poster at the annual NALMS symposium. The awards are named in memory of Jody Connor, a long-time friend of NALMS who was active on the Education Committee and participated in the reviews of student presentations and posters.

The first-place winner receives a check for $200 and a plaque. Honorable mention or second place winners receive a plaque. The Student Awards Committee is chaired by Frank Browne. Members of the committee include Amy Smagula, Harry Gibbons, Holly Waterfield, Jennifer Graham, Ann St. Amand, Matt Albright, and Dick Osgood. The awards are based on scientific merit, research design, visual aids, clarity, and presentation.

The 2020 first-place winner of the student presentation award was Katherine Low from University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire for her paper Clearly Contaminated: BMAA and Non-bloom Forming Cyanobacteria in Oligotrophic Lakes. The second-place award went to Mark Seelos from the University of California Merced, Merced, California for his paper Line Diffuser Hypolimnetic Oxygenation: A Pyrrhic Victory for DO?

The 2020 first-place winner of the student poster session was Nicole Ward from the Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia for her poster Can an Interactive Data Visualization Tool Change Waterfront Property Owners’ Behavior? The second-place poster award winner was Martha Burket from the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota for her poster Using Satellite Imagery to Identify Relationships Between Water Color and Water Quality Parameters for Minnesota Lakes.

Students are encouraged to present scientific papers at the NALMS symposium; it provides an excellent way to present research data and maybe win an award.

More information on all of the 2020 NALMS award recipients can be found at


Founded in 1980, the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) is a nonprofit organization focused on the management and protection of lakes and reservoirs. A melting pot, welcoming anyone with an interest in lakes, NALMS strives to forge partnerships among citizens, scientists, and professionals to achieve this mission.