WaterRA student news and updates

December 16, 2019

Water Research Australia is proud to share the following successes from its student program.

On Thursday 5th December at the Victorian Water Awards, WaterRA Nancy Millis Memorial PhD recipient Matthew Kube won the Victorian AWA Student Water Prize. Matthew, from RMIT University, has been working on developing a process to maximise nutrient removal and biomass productivity of immobilised algae, as well as comparing the immobilised algae to other systems such as suspended, biofilm and macroalgae. Matthew’s supervisor is Emeritus Professor Felicity Roddick (pictured below). He was sponsored by project partners South East Water and Goulburn Valley Water. 

Matthew’s immediate plans are to submit his Thesis, move to a new house and commence his new position as Water Quality Process Officer with GWMWater, and all before Christmas! Matthew’s prize for winning the award is to present at OzWater20 in Adelaide and compete with all the other state winners for the national prize. Learn more about Matthew’s project here.


Congratulations to students Florence Choo and Sara Imran Khan who graduated this month.

Florence commenced her PhD in 2015 through the University of New South Wales with sponsorship from WaterRA’s Nancy Millis Memorial PhD Scholarship. The package meant that Florence could access unique industry and networking opportunities in the water industry, including winning the state and national AWA Student Water Prize in 2019 for her PhD project. Florence has gained employment in the water industry as a scientist with SA Water. You can read more on Florence’s Thesis ‘Application of in situ fluorometers for monitoring algal blooms in water supply systems: Potential for real time treatment validation and reactive chemical adjustment’ here.  

Sara commenced her PhD in 2015 through the University of New South Wales with sponsorship from WaterRA. Sara’s PhD project was ‘Characterisation of cyanobacteria and their metabolites by fluorescence spectroscopy’ where she showed that tracking and detecting for unique cell and algal organic matter fluorescence signatures of difference species can be used to improve current real-time algal monitoring methods.  To read more click here.

Pictured above: Dr Florence Choo, Prof Richard Stuetz and Dr Sara Imran Khan.