Dave McWhorter Graduate Fellowship


David “Dave” B. McWhorter, emeritus professor at Colorado State University, is a world-renowned expert in contaminant transport through soil and groundwater, with a patent on disposal of spent oil shale and other materials. During his 30-plus years at Colorado State, Dr. McWhorter served as adviser for M.S. and Ph.D. students and served his department through teaching, administration, and committee work.

Dr. McWhorter completed his master’s degree in Civil Engineering at Colorado State in 1966 and his doctoral in Agricultural Engineering from the university in 1971, McWhorter joined the Engineering Department and became full professor in 1979. In 1999, he retired from full-time teaching and research and devoted more time to consulting activities with industrial firms and government agencies.

The Dave McWhorter Graduate Fellowship is funded through the support of former and current Colorado State faculty as well as former graduate students of Dr. McWhorter. It is given annually to a graduate student who demonstrates an interest in the application of their studies to environmental issues and studies.

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  • Graduate student in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Demonstrate an interest in the application of their studies to environmental issues and studies


  • Amount varies each year

Application Guide

  • Application deadline is in early March, annually. For specific dates, please refer to Colorado State University’s list of opportunities.