Dr. Philip C. Singer Scholarship

Dr. Philip C. Singer Scholarship

AWWA is creating an endowed scholarship to honor the legacy of Dr. Philip Singer, PhD, to offer an annual $3000 award to a graduate student pursuing a career in research in the area of drinking water/quality treatment.

Philip Singer, PhD, was professor emeritus of environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. A member of the School’s faculty from 1973 to 2011, he was a nationally renowned expert in water quality issues and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Singer edited two books and authored more than 240 scientific articles; served as investigator on about 70 grants funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other agencies; and mentored more than 100 master’s and doctoral students at the Gillings School.

He held the Daniel A. Okun Distinguished Professorship in environmental engineering from 2002 until his retirement, which capped 38 fruitful years at UNC.

Upon Dr. Singer’s retirement, he was honored with his own endowed professorship, as dozens of alumni, colleagues, family and friends came together to establish the Philip C. Singer Distinguished Professorship in Environmental Sciences and Engineering, recognizing his extraordinary career in research, teaching and service.

“Phil was an incredibly accomplished researcher, but what I will always remember about him is the time that he took to mentor and advise students and young faculty, including me,” said Greg Characklis, the inaugural Singer Distinguished Professor, “Building a sense of community was very important to Phil, and our department and School will continue to benefit from his efforts every day through the strong bonds that he built with alumni and colleagues, both throughout academia and in the professional world.”

It is fitting that an AWWA academic scholarship is established to continue Dr. Singer’s legacy of mentorship for graduate students who hope to influence public health through water quality and water treatment research.

Application requirements
Graduate student at an accredited college or university
Plan of study to include water quality/treatment and public health
Current research emphasis is water quality/treatment

Donate online to honor the legacy of Dr. Philip C. Singer by contributing to a $100,000 endowed scholarship fund or download the donation form.


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