The Weisener Lab at the University of Windsor, led by Dr. Christopher Weisener of GLIER, continues to make major strides in the areas of water purification and conservation.
By taking a measured approach to engagement of students, the group (which houses over five Masters and Doctoral students) is able to target their resources to many interests from cleaning up the waste caused by mining of the oil sands with natural hydrocarbons to using fibre strand microbes to alleviate the issue of harmful nitrates in waste water.
The Weisener Lab prioritizes a connection to industry rather than a purely theoretical approach, which creates many opportunities for students to obtain prestigious grants such as the MITACS Global Link grant, and spread their purification and conservation techniques both domestically in the Windsor/Essex area (by testing the algae blooms in the local beaches to determine safety standards to a higher degree of accuracy than conventional methods) and aboard in exciting areas such as the mines of New Zealand.
The group has permeated to the local high schools through a joint project conducted with Walkerville Collegiate Institute. Students at Walkerville contacted the lab for assistance on a water purification project and they delivered. The team was able to utilize the plentiful supply of zebra muscles to show they can be used to raise the pH balance, greatly improving the water quality and safety. The group swept local competitions and was even able to take the stage at a national competition to showcase their research and results.
Dr. Weisener believes that targeting strong highschool and undergraduate researchers is critical in producing high-performing and successful graduate students who are able to compete on the international stage, such as the graduate students in his lab.
From graduate research opportunities, to current industry collaborations (both locally and abroad), to post-graduate academic and employment options, graduate students of the Weisener lab are guaranteed a future full of promise.