Water Research Australia PhD candidate Minh Duc Nguyen has been awarded International Student of the Year (Regional) at the 2021-22 Victorian International Education Awards.
Recognised for his initiative, exceptional qualities and passion for research, Duc’s research looks at how Barwon Water can beneficially reuse waste products from water treatment plants.
A collaboration between WaterRA, Barwon Water and Deakin University, the project has been extended to include three other Victorian water management bodies.
His research skills, including laboratory, experiment design, data analysis, academic writing and project management, have developed significantly while doing his PhD, allowing Duc to work in both the industry and academic sides of the water sector.
Duc successfully balances the demands of his full-time PhD research, working part-time and giving back to his fellow students. He founded a group that supports Vietnamese students in Geelong that now boasts 600 members, which gives advice on accommodation, study tips and making friends.
Duc was also the recipient of WaterRA’s Nancy Millis Memorial PhD Award in 2020.