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Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering


Winston Receives Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award

May. 3, 2019
Dr. Ryan Winston (left) with his advisee and nominator Joseph Smith (right)

Ryan Winston, Assistant Professor in Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE) and Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering, recently received a 2019 Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award. Over 60 graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty were nominated this year. Winston joins 17 other award recipients from across the university who were all recognized by the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry. 

The Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award honors individuals who have demonstrated success in mentoring undergraduates in their research and/or creative inquiry endeavors.

Winston was nominated by his advisee, Joseph Smith, an undergraduate and graduate student in FABE, specializing in ecological engineering.

“Since I did not have any previous experience as a researcher, Ryan has taught me how to navigate the daunting research process,” said Smith in his nomination letter. “He has made me feel welcome to ask any question I might have, and has encouraged me to showcase my research at events such as the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum.”

Smith placed 3rd in his category at the 2019 Denman Undergraduate Research Forum for the project he worked on while mentored by Winston titled “Seasonality of Nutrients in Stormwater Runoff from Residential Sewersheds in Columbus, Ohio.” 

Winston has worked in FABE as a Research Scientist and Research Assistant Professor before taking a tenure-track faculty position in the autumn of 2018. His research is focused on runoff hydrology and water quality, and performance of stormwater control measures, often with focus in urban environments.  


by Chip Tuson