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Water Research Center

Missouri Water Research Center

The Missouri Water Resources Research Center was established in 1964 following the enactment of the National Water Resources Research Act. This act created a national network of 54 research centers which provide the nation with a coordinated effort to solve state, regional and national water problems. Professor Baolin Deng, of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, is the director of the Water Resource Research Center.

The Water Resources Research Institute Program for the State of Missouri is funded by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and administered through the Missouri Water Resources Research Center. The federal research dollars administered through the center are available to all universities in Missouri. The center’s primary purpose is to sponsor and administer research projects on the state’s water, and related land-use environmental problems. Through these projects, training opportunities are provided for young men and women interested in careers in water and environmental resources.

The Missouri Water Resources Research Center’s objectives are:

  • to establish active research programs to aid in understanding and solving Missouri’s and the Nation’s water problems,
  • to provide education opportunities in research for students with an interest in water resources and related fields, and
  • to be actively dedicated to the dissemination of information through all aspects of the media.

The Center mobilizes the best faculty expertise in the state to examine specific water resources problems. The Center and its advisory committee are familiar with Missouri’s research needs and current projects. They help researchers avoid duplicate efforts, while serving as a link between the research community and potential users of research results such as industries, planning commissions, and state agencies.  Missouri’s economy revolves around its water resources; therefore, the Center works closely with the state in addressing their problems by providing research data, which are necessary in order to solve present and future water problems.


The following laboratories are part of the Water Research Center:

  • Nanotechnology Lab (840 sq. ft)
  • Two – Microbiology Labs (1400 sq. ft)
  • Inorganic Analysis Lab (900 sq. ft)
  • Water Treatment Lab (840 sq. ft)
  • Organic Analysis Lab (840 sq. ft)
  • Advanced Spectroscopy (320 sq. ft)

 Office Facilities

Office Space consists of four offices with ~400 sq. ft


The College of Engineering has a Machine Shop, Electronic Shop and Engineering Technical Services for computer support.


  • University of Missouri
  • Missouri University of Science & Technology
  • Missouri State University
  • University of Alaska Southeast
  • University of Illinois
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Mississippi State University
  • University of Montana
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Pennsylvania State University

State Agencies

  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Missouri Department of Economic Development
  • Department of Conservation

Federal Agencies

  • USGS/U.S. Department of Interior
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Energy

Local Agencies

Cities of:

  • Boonville
  • Columbia
  • Marceline
  • Marshfield
  • Monroe City
  • Trenton

Private Organizations

  • BioMicrobics
  • CST
  • Environmental Dynamics, Inc.
  • International Heat Pump Association
  • John Deere
  • Leggett & Platt
  • Leonardwood Institute
  • Sprayroc

The Missouri Water Research Center, University of Missouri, invites proposals for funding by the Office of the U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior. The Center operates the USGS (United States Geological Survey) Water Research Institute program for the state of Missouri. The federal research dollars administered through the Center are available to all universities in Missouri.

The program shall include plans to promote research, training, information dissemination, and other activities meeting the needs of the State and Nation, and shall encourage regional cooperation among institutes in research into areas of water management, development and conservation that have a regional or national character. — NIWR

USGS National Competitive Grant Program Call For Proposals (104G)

This program issues an annual call for proposals to support research on water problems and issues of a regional or interstate nature beyond those of concern only to a single state and which relate to specific program priorities identified jointly by the USGS and the institutes. Any investigator at an institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible to apply for a grant through a Water Research Institute or Center established under the provisions of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984, as amended. Proposals involving substantial collaboration between the USGS and university scientists are encouraged. Successful applicants must match each dollar of the federal grant with one dollar from non-federal sources.

The Paul Kufrin Memorial Scholarship was established by the Kufrin family and well-wishers in memory of Paul F. Kufrin, a MU alumnus who was a graduate student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in 1977 and 1978.


  1. Graduate students pursuing an master’s or doctorate degree in civil engineering with a specialty in environmental engineering.
  2. Currently meet full-time enrollment requirements
  3. Students who have a career interest in applied environmental engineering work.

Financial need is not a criterion.

Scholarship Amount

Up to $5,000*

Applications are currently closed.


Questions can be directed to Karen Turner, Program Coordinator, 573-882-4638.

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