The Office of Graduate Studies would like to congratulate Wasiu Adedapo Lawal for winning the Science and Human Rights Coalition Student Essay Competition! The essay he wrote entitled “Water as a Friend and a Right,” won First Place in the Graduate Student competition and Wasiu was kind enough to provide us with a brief explanation about the contest and why it was important to him.
The competition was about the intersection between science and human rights and my entry had to do with the water crises in poor countries and how the scientific community needs to see water as a human right and play an active role towards helping to find lasting solutions to the problem. For me, submitting an entry was an easy decision since the narrative behind what I eventually wrote was the reason why I decided to do my PhD in the first place. Having been raised in Nigeria, the water issue was a big thing for me and I decided to gain some expertise on the issue with the hope of going back someday to help, so this essay was a great opportunity for me to provide some analysis on the issue.
Wasiu Adedapo Lawal, MS, AMRSC
Here’s the link to the award site. http://www.aaas.org/news/science-and-human-rights-coalition-announces-2014-student-essay-competition-winners
Wasiu is the President of the Graduate Student Senate for the 2014-2015 school year, as well as a Doctoral Student in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department.
If you haven’t met Wasiu yet, come to a Graduate Student Senate meeting this fall and congratulate him. Click on the link to see what this organization is doing to make your graduate experience better.
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