Student Spotlight


Thomas Joseph Ott, Jr.

Nevada Water Resources Association would like to spotlight Student of the Month, Thomas Joseph Ott, Jr. He is currently a Graduate Student at UNR and a Research Assistant at Desert Research Institute. He earned his B.S. Degree in Hydrogeology from University of Nevada, Reno.                

Thomas joined NWRA in 2018 because he was told about the networking and scholarship opportunities NWRA offered with their many events. As a result, he became interested, applied for scholarships, and participated in their graduate student poster competition. Thomas was awarded the 2019 NWRA Scholarship and 2019 Clare Mahannah Memorial Scholarship.              

Thomas says the financial support from scholarships have greatly aided in his education. Also, the networking and professional advice he’s received by participating and attending NWRA events have been of great value. NWRA scholarships are great opportunities to help ease the financial burden of higher education. Participating in events such as the annual poster competition is a great opportunity to network with members who are involved with either research or professional careers.              

Thomas would encourage students to get out there and participate. NWRA is a great resource with many opportunities.

Thomas would like the NWRA Board of Directors to encourage students to get involved with events. The poster competition is a great place for students to display their interest and talk with professionals. The scholarships are another amazing opportunity for students to fund their education.