Kimberly Hetrick of PROTECT’s Project 5 has been selected to receive this year’s William L. Wilson Fellowship from the Karst Waters Institute (KWI).  The award comes with a $1000 honorarium as well as a personalized plaque. The honorarium and plaque were presented on Saturday, March 4 at the KWI Board of Director’s meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

Kimberly Hetrick is a first year graduate student at Northeastern. She is originally from Pennsylvania, where she received her undergraduate degree from Lehigh University in environmental engineering in 2014. Her past research interests include biofilm growth in natural environments, advanced oxidation technologies for treatment of pesticides, and aquaponic farming in developing countries. After graduation, Kim moved to Boston to work in the civil engineering industry. She is now a Master’s student at Northeastern University working under the supervision of Akram Alshawabkeh for the PROTECT Center. Kimberly’s research focuses on the effects of suspended sediment on the electrochemical remediation of karst aquifers. She wishes to continue her education and attain a Ph.D. working in the PROTECT Center after receiving her Master’s degree.