ConocoPhillips Center for a Sustainable
C O L O R A D O S C H O O L
O F M I N E S
S P E C I A L
WE2ST
P O I N T S O F
Water-Energy Education, Science and Technology
I N T E R E S T :
F A L L 2 0 1 5
WE2ST
welcomes 3 new
Graduate Fellows
Meet Our New WE2ST Students:
and 5 new
Undergraduate
Scholars

Graduate Fellows...
Undergraduates
The ConocoPhillips WE2ST Center
Ph.D. in Geochemistry under Dr.
Higgins developing characterization
receive
welcomed three new Graduate
Alexis Navarre-Sitchler focusing on
methods and assessing the
professional
Fellows this fall. Kevin Chan comes
recycling processed water for oil
efficiency of treatment methods for
development and
to us with a M.S. in Civil and
and gas activities. Karl Oetjen joins
produced waters.
leadership
Environmental Engineering and a
us with a M.S. in Environmental
training
B.S. in Environmental Engineering,
Engineering and
WE2ST Fellows
from CSM. He is working under the Science from
and Scholars
guidance of Dr. John Spear to
Syracuse University
communicate
explore the biological aspect of
and a B.S. in Geology
their research
treatment options for oil and gas
and Environmental
through
wastewater. Kara Marsac comes to
Science from SUNY
education and
us with a B.S. in Geoscience from
Plattsburgh. He is
outreach
activities
Eastern Michigan University and a
currently working on
M.S. in Geology from University of
a Ph.D. in Hydrology
Nevada Las Vegas. She is pursuing a
with Dr. Chris
Kevin Chan Kara Marsac Karl Oetjen
I N S I D E T H I S
I S S U E :

...and Undergraduate Scholars
Five new Undergraduate Scholars
Undergraduate
with Dr. Terri Hogue on impacts of
the fouling characteristics of two
were selected to join the WE2ST
Scholar
2
oil production and wastewater in-
different forward osmosis cellulose
student cohort this fall. Kaylie
Training
jection on the GRACE signal.
triacetate membranes. Holly Stuart
Haynes is a junior in Chemical Engi-
Michelle is working with Dr. Alexis
is a junior in Chemical and Bio-
Fall Seminar
neering; she is working with Dr.
2
Navarre-Sitchler on the spatial dis-
chemical Engineering who is work-
Speakers
Andrea Blaine to study irrigation of
tribution of subsurface water chem-
ing with Dr. John Spear to charac-
crops using produced water. Micae-
istry in the Permian Basin. Taylor
terize microbial communities asso-
Student Socials 3
la and Michelle Pedrazas are twins
Poynor is a junior majoring in Envi-
ciated with oil and gas production.
from the Geophysical Engineering
ronmental Engineering; she is work-
Our new Scholars have all stepped
Student Awards
department. Micaela is working
ing with Dr. Tzahi Cath to study
in and done a fabulous job this fall!
and
3
Conferences
Education &
3
Outreach
New Staff
4
Kaylie Haynes Micaela Pedrazas Michelle Pedrazas Taylor Poynor Holly Stuart

P A G E 2
Undergraduate Scholar Training
Each semester all Undergrad-
ship and conflict resolution. In
uate Scholars receive more
addition, this fall, all Scholars
than eight hours of profes-
developed written research
sional development training.
proposals and received exten-
Scholar Trainings are devel-
sive feedback from their in-
oped by Dr. Andrea Blaine
structors and peers. Scholar
and facilitated by the WE2ST
Trainings also provide addi-
admin team; they are held
tional collaboration time for
each month and include din-
Scholars to discuss their re-
ner, business, and both pro-
search efforts and make valu-
fessional and research skill
able connections with their
building. Some of the topics
colleagues. This specialized
include oral communication
training program has resulted
training, development of per-
in the development of intangi-
sonal/career value statements,
ble professional and leader-
Scholars having some
social etiquette training, and
ship skills that help make our
Returning Scholars, Austin Shaffer and
fun with a scavenger
personality effects on team-
WE2ST Scholars a cut above
Kate Newhart, give an overview of
work, communication, leader-
the rest!
WE2ST Research at Scholar Training
hunt during Scholar
Training
WE2ST Graduate Fellows and Undergraduate Scholars
WE2ST provides
more than 8 hours
of professional
development and
leadership skill
training each
WE2ST Fellows and Scholars hard at
semester to all
work – the new center space provides
Students pose for a picture at the
Undergraduate
plenty of room for collaboration
‘Who’s Who in the WE2ST’ Breakfast
Scholars!
WE2ST Fall Seminar Series
This fall, WE2ST hosted two
versity of Oklahoma delivered a
campus-wide seminars. On
seminar titled, “Synthesizing Pe-
Oct. 28th, Dr. Jeffrey Balmer,
troleum and Water Management
Ms. Sophia Holtsnider, and Mr.
Trends with Market Forces and
Patrick Sullivan from Encana
Seismic Activity in Oklahoma.”
delivered a presentation high-
After both seminars, students
lighting some of the water-
and faculty had the opportunity
related challenges they have
to join the speakers for happy
encountered and the solutions
hour. This informal setting al-
they have implemented to de-
lowed for individual conversa-
velop oil and gas in a responsi-
tions with the speakers. The
Dr. Kyle Murray from the
ble way. On Dec. 2nd, Dr. Kyle
WE2ST Seminars are always well
Oklahoma Geological Survey
Murray from the Oklahoma
attended by students and faculty
Ella Walker, a WE2ST Fellow,
delivers a WE2ST Seminar
Geological Survey and the Uni-
across all disciplines at CSM.
introduces the seminar speaker

P A G E 3
Social Events Celebrate and Unite
Students in the WE2ST Center got to
(Check out some of the student pho-
know one another a little bit better
tos on page 4!) In December, students
thanks to an all student breakfast in
attended another fun event in the
October. A team of Graduate Fellows
form of a holiday dinner. Students
planned the event to include a photo
received etiquette training and com-
competition and a ‘fun fact’ guessing
peted in teams to set a proper busi-
game. Students submitted both research
ness dinner place setting in the fastest
and personal photos for the competi-
time. The dinner also provided a time
tion. They also submitted anonymous
to celebrate the first WE2ST Graduat-
facts about themselves. At the break-
Congratulations to ing Fellow! We are proud to wel-
fast, students voted on the photos
our first WE2ST
come Liz Bell as our first WE2ST
The winning team of students completes
and tried to match facts with people.
Graduate—Liz Bell! Alumna!
the place setting in 19 seconds

WE2ST Students Shine in the Limelight
Andrea
at conferences. Aspen Anderson,
Blaine and
a WE2ST Undergraduate Scholar,
Scholar
received an ARCS (Achievement
Aspen
Rewards for College Scientists)
Anderson at
Foundation research scholarship.
the ARCS
In addition, 4 Graduate Fellows
attended and/or presented at the
Award
American Water Resources As-
ceremony
sociation conference in Denver,
WE2ST students were in the
and 4 WE2ST students presented Ella Walker (left) and
public eye quite a bit this fall
research at the American Geo-
Chris Ruybal (right)
receiving awards and presenting
physical Union conference in San present posters at the AGU conference in San Francisco
Francisco.
Shelton Elementary Gives Students an Opportunity
to Communicate Science
Kevin Chan and Taylor Poynor
explain water treatment
Kate Newhart
Karl Oetjen and Austin Roberts
The Education and Outreach efforts of
explains osmosis
explain the Ideal Gas Law
WE2ST, led by Amy Martin, involved
to water and energy. WE2ST Students led
hosting a Math & Science Night at Shel- 9 different hands-on research stations
ton Elementary School as well as
which gave them numerous opportunities
Holly Stuart
providing WE2ST students to help facili- to share their science knowledge and cur-
discusses how
tate Shelton science labs on a regular
rent research. Parents and students alike
earthworms
basis. The theme of Shelton’s Math &
valued this event; WE2ST received many
impact soil with
Science Night was “Wild West”; it
compliments from Shelton’s staff and com-
3rd graders
focused on the unique challenges that
munity members. Link to full story: http://
the West faces, especially with regard
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The ConocoPhillips Center for a Sustainable
WE2ST at Colorado School of Mines was
Colorado School of Mines
formulated to promote the joint sustainability of
1500 Illinois St.
unconventional energy production and water
Golden, CO 80401
resources through education of water-energy
E-mail: WE2ST@mines.edu
literate graduate and undergraduate students
Website: WE2ST.mines.edu
and by conducting world-class research on
Advisory Board:
critical topics in the field.
Fran Vallejo, ConocoPhillips
Samer Adham, ConocoPhillips
Willie Staudt, ConocoPhillips
Kim Senger, CSM Foundation
Leadership Team:
Kevin Moore, CSM, CECS Dean
Terri Hogue, Director
John McCray, Deputy Director
Andrea Blaine, Assistant Director
Jessica Smith, Community-Corporate Relations
Amy Martin, Education & Outreach Specialist
Jackie Randell, Cassie Aungst, Administrative Assistants
New WE2ST Team Members
WE2ST welcomes Amy Martin as our
ence for Teachers—WE2NG Program
Education and Outreach Specialist. Amy led by Terri Hogue and Andrea Blaine.
comes to us with a background in Civil
Jackie Randell has done a phenomenal
Engineering; she previously worked for
job helping to get WE2ST up and run-
HDR as a consultant in Walnut Creek,
ning but is now moving to France. We
CA. Amy has done a terrific job engag-
welcome Cassie Aungst who will be
ing the students in K-12 outreach activi- replacing Jackie as our WE2ST Adminis-
ties. She is also serving as the Program
trative Assistant. Cassie comes to us
Manager for the newly funded National with a background in banking and insur-
Science Foundation Research Experi-
ance and adds great energy to our staff!
WE2ST
The nation's "go-to" institution
Amy Martin, Education &
Cassie Aungst, Administrative
for research, education and outreach
Stay tuned to hear about our upcoming trip to visit ConocoPhillips in Houston. The visit
will include presentations from both ConocoPhillips employees as well as representatives
from WE2ST leadership, faculty, and students.