Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

CWSN has developed research experiences for students from underprivileged communities to work on research projects focused on water/sanitation within corporate and academic laboratories.

If you would like to donate to this fund or host a student please contact us.

SURE Recipients

Tzatzilt Cruz Bernal (SURE 2018)

Tzatzilt Cruz Bernal (México)


Tzatzilt Cruz Bernal was the recipient of CWSN’s SURE 2018 and spent one month working in the Environmental Water Resource Engineering laboratories at the University of Texas at Austin.

​Tzatzilt is a junior at Universidad La Salle Oaxaca in Mexico. She studies environmental engineering and has aspirations to attend graduate school on water remediation and nanomaterials. From growing up in Oaxaca, she is well aware of many issues related to water quality. She feels destined to help her hometown by making sustentable actions to clean the Atoyac River (one of the most polluted rivers in Mexico).


See more about Tzatzilt's SURE experience HERE

Nubia R. Quevedo (SURE 2019)

Nubia Rocío Quevedo (Colombia)


Nubia R. Quevedo was one of the recipient of CWSN’s SURE 2019 and spent one month working in the Environmental Water Resource Engineering laboratories at the University of Texas at Austin.

Nubia is a senior student at Universidad de La Salle in Bogotá (Colombia), where she studies environmental and sanitary engineering. She plans to gain some work experience before studying a master in the environmental and industrial toxicology field. Her goal is to learn more about technologies to treat polluted water to apply this knowledge in her home country.


See more about Nubia's SURE experience HERE

Yuriko N. Aguilar (SURE 2019)

Yuriko N. Aguilar (México)


Yuriko N. Aguilar was also one of the recipient of CWSN’s SURE 2019 and spent one month working in the Environmental Water Resource Engineering laboratories at the University of Texas at Austin. ​

Yuriko is a junior student at Universidad Politécnica de la Zona Metropolitana de Guadalajara (México), where she studies engineering in biotechnology. She is interested in working with microorganisms useful to clean polluted water and to implement such technologies in poor and rural communities. Another of her goals is to share her knowledge with other and provide training in water issues in marginalized communities.


See more about Yuriko's SURE experience HERE


Due to the uncertainty associated with COVID-19, CWSN has created a new opportunity for undergraduates and recent graduates from Latin America instead of the SURE program this summer. This 𝗖𝗪𝗦𝗡 𝗘𝗻𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗙𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 provides funding for a community-based project, graduate school preparation (e.g., GRE or TOEFL classes), or any other academic activity.


The winners are these exceptionally bright and motivated students from México, Colombia, and Ecuador:

Leticia Tituaña (Ecuador)

Estudiante de Ingeniería Química

Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL)

Flor E. Pacheco (México)

Estudiante de Gestión Cultural y Desarrollo Sustentable

Universidad Autónoma “Benito Juárez” de Oaxaca

Brayan Sanchez (Colombia)

Ingeniero Ambiental y Sanitario

Universidad de La Salle

Alejandro Borrego (México)

Estudiante de Ing. en Nanotecnología y Ciencias Químicas

Tecnológico de Monterrey

Juan M. Martínez (México)

Estudiante de Biotecnología Genómica

Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL)

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