LSRPA Congratulates Eight Students Receiving Scholarships
Thursday, June 23, 2022 12:34 PM

At the New Jersey Site Remediation Conference, held June 14 and 15, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick, the LSRPA congratulated eight recipients of the Elmeryl Davies Memorial Scholarships.

The scholarships are awarded through the LSRPA Foundation to students who intend to pursue careers in environmental consulting in New Jersey or whose research will benefit the practice. For 2022, the recipients include three undergraduates, two masters degree candidates, and three doctoral candidates. Full-time students receive a $3,000 scholarship.

Jacqueline Park was a junior at Kean University majoring in Earth Science. A recipient of the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, Jackie is the Director of Urban Agriculture at Groundwork Elizabeth and Co-Chair of the Land Committee for the NJDEP’s Environmental Justice Advisory Council. In both her personal and academic life, Jackie is pursuing incorporating brownfields into the urban food system landscape.
Luce Paul was a senior at Rutgers University - New Brunswick double majoring in Bioenvironmental Engineering and Environmental Science. Luce credits her desire to become an environmental engineer to the experiences she had growing up in Haiti.  Following the completion of her bachelor’s degree, Luce hopes to enter the site remediation field and pursue an advanced degree.
Sebastian Plasencia was a senior at Rutgers University- Newark majoring in Environmental Science. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Sebastian has spent time as a patient sitter at St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic.  A member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Sebastian hopes to enter the workforce following graduation and make a positive impact on his community.
Brenna Ilg was awarded the LSRPA scholarship for a second time.  As a graduate student at Rutgers University - New Brunswick studying Environmental Science, Brenna’s research is focused on the effect of climate change on constructed wetlands. In addition to her studies, Brenna works as an environmental scientist performing sampling and due diligence for Paul Sakson Environmental.
Nicolette Filippone is pursuing her Ph.D. at Rutgers University - Newark in Environmental Science. Nicolette’s research focuses on the utilization of preliminary geophysical data in order to understand the potential for natural attenuation of hydrocarbon contamination at sites. This research could provide environmental professionals with more effective and efficient site remediation processes.
Sameer Neve was awarded the LSRPA scholarship for a second time. He is a doctoral candidate at the Stevens Institute of Technology whose research in Environmental Engineering focuses on the use of biomass, specifically vetiver grass, to remediate metals at brownfield sites.
Nuray Oncul is a graduate student at Rutgers University - Newark studying Environmental Geology. A native of Turkey, Nuray’s research focuses on the understanding of how induced polarization can affect different metallic minerals and affect the fate and transport of chemicals in different soil types. With a greater understanding of this topic, Nuray hopes to apply it to the site remediation industry.
Oren Rabinovich is a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University - Newark whose research focuses on the behavior of radon gas under changes in soil moisture and meteorological conditions. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Oren is working towards helping site remediation professionals better understand the sources of pollution in soil and air.