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2023 Governor's Water Conference and Research Symposium

The Oklahoma Water Resources Center is excited to announce that we are accepting poster, standard oral and lightening talk presentation abstracts for the 2023 Oklahoma Governor’s Water Conference and Research Symposium.

Important Dates

  • September 1 - Call for Abstracts Opens
  • October 13 - Abstracts due by 5:00 p.m.
  • October 25 - Notifications of Abstract Status
  • November 29-30, 2023 - Conference and Research Symposium

  • Abstract Submission

    Professionals, researchers, and students are invited to submit.  


    Presentation Categories:

    • Poster Presentation: Posters should measure no more than 3 ft x 4 ft (36in x 48in; either landscape or portrait orientation is acceptable.)  Easels, 3 ft x 4 ft poster boards, and clips will be provided.
    • Standard Oral Presentation: 15-minute slot (12 minutes for presentation and 3 minutes for Q&A).
    • Lightning Talk Presentation:  5-minute presentation.


    Only limited standard oral presentation and lightning talk presentation slots are available, so we encourage you to please mark all the presentation formats that you are willing to present.


    Example:  If you mark both standard oral and lightning talk, and you are not chosen for a standard oral presentation, this will allow you to still be considered for presenting a lightning talk. 



    • Presentations must be either research or extension/outreach topics relevant to water resources in Oklahoma.


    More information will be sent to applicants whose applications are accepted. 

  • Registration

    All presenters must be registered for the conference.

    • Accepted student presenter registration will be covered and submitted by the Oklahoma Water Resources Center.
    • Non-student presenters will be responsible for submitting their own registration and payment.
    • Please visit the conference website for additional information. 
  • FAQ

    Q: When are abstract submissions due?

    A: October 13, 2023, by 5 p.m. CST through the online submission form on this page.


    Q: What type of presentation categories does the OWRC offer?

    A: There are 3 presentation categories: the standard oral presentation (15 minutes including time for Q&A), the poster presentation (poster session held on November 29) and the new lighting talk – a 5-minute oral presentation with an enforced time limit. 


    Q:  Who is the audience?

    A:  The conference draws scientists, policymakers, agency personnel, consultants and interested citizens from many disciplines. All presentations should be comprehensible to a general, non-expert audience.


    Q: I’m a student that would like to submit an abstract to the OWRC, but I will have only preliminary data or no data by November. What type of presentation category should I consider?

    A: You should consider the lighting talk or poster presentation categories. Standard oral presentations are intended for projects that contain a well-developed result and/or discussion component.

  • Awards

    Monetary awards will be provided for the top student posters following the conference.


    2023 Poster Contest Winners:

    • Dilip Neupane
    • Afsaneh Kaghazchi
    • Cheyenne Morgan

Abstract Submission Closed


The following abstracts have been selected to present at the upcoming 2023 Governor's Water Conference and Research Symposium:


Research Symposium:

Poster Presentations

November 29, 2023

Displayed throughout the day

Judged between 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

  • Siyu Zhu - Flood Risk Endangers Otoe-Missouria Tribe in Oklahoma
  • Dilip Neupane - A Machine Learning Approach for Multi-model Ensemble Averaging of Historical Monthly Precipitation Using NOAA's SPEAR Dataset Over Oklahoma
  • Aayush Adhikari - Identifying the Sources of Predictabilities of Streamflow Forecasts of Different Watersheds Across CONUS at Subseasonal-to-Seasonal (S2S) Timescale Using Combined Ensemble Streamflow Prediction (ESP) and Reversed ESP (revESP) Approach
  • Lujun Zhang - Application of Subseasonal-to-Seasonal (S2S) Precipitation Forecast for Hydrologic Ensemble Streamflow Prediction (ESP) Through Bias Correction and Spatial Disaggregation (BCSD)
  • Olivia Tow - Hydrologic Variables, Rather than Land Management Practices, Influence Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Communities
  • Austyn Walkingstick - A Macroinvertebrate Survey of GRDA's Jurisdictional Waters: A Look at how Environmental and Landscape Factors Influence Community Composition 
  • Menting Chen - Analysis of Rainfall Erosivity Prediction Methods in Oklahoma
  • Charli McGougan - A Raman Sensor for In-situ¬ Measurement of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Water
  • Cheyanne Olson - Who Monitors Water Quality in Oklahoma?
  • Jonathon Stallings - Estimating River Bathymetry Using Recreational Grade UAV (Drone) Imagery on the Illinois River
  • Afsaneh Kaghazchi - Evaluation of the hydrologic effects of grazing practices in small watersheds
  • Cheyenne Morgan - Understanding Phosphorus Dynamics in a Legacy Sediment Floodplain
  • Abigail Winrich - Analyzing the Effectiveness of Best Management Practices on Impaired Waters in Oklahoma: A Modeling Approach
  • Andrea Arrendondo-Navarro - Understanding Rates of Microplastic Generation from Thermally Oxidized Plastics and Reactivity in Aqueous Media
  • Bipin Kafle - The Effect of Gravity on the Wettability of Desalination Membranes
  • Jessica Burke - Removal of Nutrients from Organically Contaminated Water Using Biochar
  • Sable Phillips - Investigating the Use of Waste Hemp Derived Biochar Adsorbents for Contaminants in Water
  • Patrick Kitzel - Mg2+/Al3+ Layered Double Hydroxide Synthesis for Phosphate and Nitrate Removal
  • Ciara Kelley - Sorbent for Environmentally Friendly Treatment of Agriculture Runoff
  • Kaitlin Diodosio - Is it Still the "Yuck Factor"? Oklahoma Perceptions of Wastewater Reuse
  • Jacqueline Vadjunec - Fostering Education on Groundwater Management: A Participatory Approach in Cimarron County, Oklahoma
  • Lixia Lambert - Efficient Allocation of Groundwater to Irrigated Crops in Oklahoma's Panhandle
  • Madeline Wade - Representing Decision Dynamics of Incentives-Based Water Conservation in the Red River Basin through Participatory Cognitive Mapping


Research Symposium Concurrent Session:  

Oral Presentations: Understanding and Improving Climate Resiliency 

November 29, 2023

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Renee McPherson - Fifth U.S. National Climate Assessment: Southern Great Plains Chapter 
  • Renee McPherson - Fifth U.S. National Climate Assessment: Research Gaps in the Southern Great Plains 
  • Katherine Welch - Quantifying Drought Impacts on Oklahoma's Rural Communities 
  • Brad Rogers - OK HAWQS, a Web Based Tool for Enhancing Watershed Analysis in Oklahoma 
  • Robert Nairn - Developing the Next Generation of Water Science Professionals: A Presidential Dream Course on Nature-Based Solutions 
  • Kiranmayi Mangalgiri - Advanced Oxidation Based Treatment Options for Potable Water Reuse 


Research Symposium Concurrent Session:  

Student Water Research Lightening Talks

November 29, 2023

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

  • Mamata Pandey - Evaluation of Web Services to Access Real-Time Weather Data for Reference ET Estimation
  • Yihan Wang - Examining the Performance of Mass-Conserved Long Short-Term Memory (MC-LSTM) in Simulating Rainfall-Runoff Relationship at Different Watersheds Across the Contiguous United States 
  • Adeyinka Ogunbajo - Potential for ML to Improve a Physics-based Streamflow Model
  • Kasra Khodkar - Water Salinity Monitoring in the Upper Red River Basin
  • Saeedeh Abedzadeh - Assessing Hydrologic Intensification in Southwest Oklahoma
  • Jack Edwards - Evaluating the Impact of Regenerative Agricultural Practices on Soil Health and Water Quality in Altus, Oklahoma
  • Karthik Ramaswamy - Potential Opportunities for Bioenergy Production in the US High Plains
  • Jim Pendred - A Citizen Science Digital Notebook for Watershed Management
  • Xuewen Wang - Effect of UV-Weathered Polyethylene Terephthalate on Denitrification
  • Rui Cai - Assessing the Impacts of Aging Treatments on the Adsorption Characteristics of Lindane and Alachlor by Polystyrene (PS) Microplastics (MPs)
  • Torsha Goswami - Studying the Effects of UV-aged Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) to Acetoclastic Methanogenesis in Anaerobic Sludge
  • Viktoria Stallings - A Comprehensive Analysis of Macroinvertebrate Communities of Town Branch Creek, Tahlequah, OK


Research Symposium Concurrent Session:  

Oral Presentations: Groundwater Assessment and Outreach

November 30, 2023

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Zachary Tomlinson - Analysis of Long-Term Water-Level Changes in the Oklahoma Panhandle Region of the Ogallala Aquifer 
  • Colin Baciocco - Ogallala Hydrogeologic Framework: 20 Year Update
  • Lara Fly - Defining the Dakota Aquifer in Cimarron County 
  • Jon Fields - Characterization Short Cuts in Fractured Rock Aquifers
  • Caitlin Barnes - NGWA University: Building A Pipeline Into Groundwater Careers 
  • Paul Weckler - Oklahoma Center for Hydrological Integrated Monitoring, Modeling, and Mitigation: Developing the Oklahoma Hydronet for Advanced Management of Water Resources in the Context of Hydrologic Extremes 
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