RCEES Student Dr.Tista Joshi Wins OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award

RCEES International Student Alumni Dr. Tista Prasai Joshi Wins Award from the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World

On February 16th, 2019, a special ceremony for the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) - Elsevier Foundation Award for early career researchers was held in Washington D.C. at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Tista Prasai Joshi from the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology was one of the five awardees for Asia Pacific region. The goal of this award is to honor women scientists in the developing world for their commitment to science, mentoring and improving the lives of others in their community and regions. 

In 2013, Tista Prasai Joshi was supported by the CAS President’s International Fellowship to study for a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering under the guidance of Academician Professor Jiuhui Qu and Professor Ruiping Liu at RCEES. Tista Prasai Joshi’s research focused on the performance and reaction mechanisms of arsenic pollution chemistry and the application of iron-manganese oxides for the removal of organic arsenic. Several papers from her study were published in international journals such as Water Research. She was also a winner of 2017 UCAS Excellent International Student Award.

After graduating in 2017 and returning to Nepal, Dr. Tista Prasai Joshi and her husband Dr. Dev Raj Joshi (supervised by Professor Min Yang) were both awarded the Class-IEducational Medal from the President ofNepal. She was appointed to Scientific Officer in Nepal Academy of Science and Technology and actively contributed inthe field of water quality of Nepal as the member of variousGovernment committees. In 2018, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology appreciated Tista Prasai Joshi as one of the best performing researchers in the academy. With her great efforts, two drinking water purification systems donated by RCEES were installed at Tribhuvan University of Nepal in 2018.    


2017 Professors Dev Raj Joshi and Tista Prasai Joshi after receiving the Class-I Educational Medal from the President of Nepal     

2018 Installation of the drinking water purification systems with engineering staff from RCEES (left-to-right: Kai Zhao, Chaojie Lu, Dev Raj Joshi, Tista Prasai Joshi, Krishna Prasad Sapkota, Rashmi Koju) 

2019 Dr. Tista Prasai Joshi with her OSWD-Elsevier Foundation Award certificate

Group photo of Tista Prasai Joshi (left-center) with the other four prize winners at the OSWD awards ceremony in Washington D.C., United States of America.

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