Kisiel Fellowship for Graduate Research on Applications of Statistics in Hydrology

Kisiel Fellowship for Graduate Research on Applications of Statistics in Hydrology

Source:  This endowed scholarship fund was established by the estate of Donald Ross Davis to reflect Don's nearly 40 years of service to the students in the Hydrology and Water Resources Department at the University of Arizona.  Don obtained his PhD in Systems Engineering in 1969.  He was hired as an assistant professor in Hydrology one year later. Don's research career focused on the use of Bayesian techniques to best reflect our state of knowledge about hydrological processes in surface and subsurface hydrology.  In his teaching generations of graduate and undergraduate alumni of the department have Don to thank for a deep sense of the meaning of a "random variable" and how that influences the questions we can answer in hydrologic science and application.  Don's research career in his later years mostly focused on helping graduate students with the use of statistical methods in their research.  This bequest of Don's was made possible by Don's scrupulous frugality -- for example, he lived in the same studio apartment for 40 years raising his own rent payments whenever he received a raise from the University.  Don never owned a house as doing so would be too risky since a house only exists in one place and instead he invested his surplus income in a diversified range of stocks and bond through an investment club he participated in.  Beyond hydrology, Don loved trains, playing bridge, sailing and doting on his nieces and nephews.

Eligibility:  Eligible students for this scholarshpi will be graduate students in good standings in an MS or PhD in Hydrology and Water Resources.

Selection Process:  Applicants must submit a written 1500 word research proposal on how they will use statistics in their graduate research.  For incoming graduate students the research proposal students submit as part of their graduate application is suitable.  Student should also submit university transcripts and a resume as part of the application process.  The committee will consist of three Hydrology and Water REsources faculty members selected by the department head.   The student will need to have a minimum of a 3.0 average and will need to demonstrate financial need and potential for a strong career in hydrology.

The selection committee shall use the following qualitative criteria to select the recipient:  Financial Need 40%, Academic Performance 60%

The award should be given to one individual per year but may be awarded to more than one individual based on the availability of funds and the discretion of the committee.

Value:  The scholarship will be awarded anually commencing in the 2011-2012 academic year and consist of the net proceeds from the endowment.