Lab Analyst Excellence Award
This award is for individuals that are employed in a laboratory facility, have direct responsibility for in-house or field testing of water or wastewater activities, and have not previously won the award.  The VWEA/VAAWWA Laboratory Practices Committee reviews the nominations and submits a ballot on their choice.  The Chair of the committee will notify the award winner and nominator by a congratulatory letter.  The awardee will be honored with a plaque presented at the Joint Annual Meeting (WaterJAM).


  • Criteria

    i. Member of the Water Environment Federation.
    ii. Candidate must be employed at an educational facility laboratory, industrial, commercial, or municipal laboratory which performs wastewater-related analysis, and must have direct analytical responsibilities.
    iii. Candidates are eligible for this award only once.
    iv. Qualifying criteria may include:
         a. Membership and involvement in professional associations. Examples: Water Environment Federation Committees, Standard Methods Joint Task Groups, MA committees and conferences and conference activities.
         b. Outstanding efforts in the area of wastewater and environmental aquatic analyses, including such items as innovative sampling techniques or solutions to a treatment, analytical or environmental problem.
         c. Involvement in community activities or public relations.
         d. Presentations at professional conferences, meetings, etc. relevant to water quality analysis.
         e. Professional certifications.
         f. Continuing education.
         g. Contributions that have been beneficial to the nominees facility.
         h. Unusual initiative or performance "beyond the call of duty".

The deadline for nomination packages is May 1st of each year.  It's never too early to nominate.  So don't let this recognition opportunity pass you by.
For more information and nomination forms, please contact the Lab Practices Committee.  

Past Winners

2022    Ashley Roberts
2021    Tamera Crouch
2020    Shannon Labocki
2019    Sam Farag
2018    Hannah Thompson
2017    Kendra Surber
2016    Brandon Alexander
2015    Kerri Williams
2014    Rachel Young
2013    Lynn Lowder
2012    Maxine Burkett
2011    John DeRosa
2010    John Allen
2009    Reginald Morgan
2008    Lora Ann Reed
2007    Steven Marshal
2006    Gerry Shero
2004    Robert Maunz
2003    Amro Veun
2002    Lawanda Posey
2001    Cornelius Winfree, Jr.
2000    Gary Aheimer
1999    Jarrett Steer
1998    Robin Parnell
1997    Jane Saffriti
1996    Cynthia Bato
1995    Kim Mitchell