Sol D. Resnick Endowment for Graduate Research

Sol Resnick Professor Emeritus


The Sol Resnick Scholarship was created to support graduate students with their research programs in the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences in the College of Science at the University of Arizona. According to the non-binding request of Dr. Sol Resnick, the department will show a preference for providing financial aid to deserving Israeli graduate students. If the preference for award to an Israeli graduate is not possible due to a lack of applicants, the scholarship may be awarded to a student interested in the application of hydrologic science to practical water resources problems.


Sol D. Resnick was a Professor in the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources from its inception until his retirement in 1984. He was also the director of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) for nearly 20 years. 

Resnick specialized in the areas of water resources conservation, augmentation, and management in arid and semi-arid areas, and worked to develop village irrigation projects in India, Brazil, Thailand, and Israel for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), World Bank, and other agencies. 


His career in water resources began in the early 1940s with the Tennessee Valley Authority. In the late 1940s, he taught hydrology at Colorado A & M (now Colorado State University).

From 1952 to 1957, he worked for USAID in India, later chronicling his experiences--“the best five years of my life”--in Irrigating India, a book coauthored with his wife, Elaine. He arrived at the UA in 1957. 

Resnick was honored several times in recent years, receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Arizona in 1993 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona Hydrological Society in 1998. 

In 2003, he was feted at the University of Arizona's Water Resources Research Center ceremony which dedicated the WRRC Conference Room in his name. At the ceremony, colleagues and former students praised Resnick for both his sensible, practical approaches to hydrology problems worldwide and his human qualities of sensitivity, warmth, and humor. 

His highly recommended book--reviewed in Southwest Hydrology, Mar/Apr 2003--reveals all those qualities. Elaine M. Resnick established this scholarship in hydrology in memory of her late husband, Sol D. Resnick.


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