ASNIKA BAJRACHARYA will be starting her master’s in Environmental Engineering at Ohio State University, USA from fall 2015. Her master’s thesis will focus on developing a practical and efficient treatment framework to remove algae toxins from drinking water. Asnika completed her undergraduate degree with a double major in Physics and in Environmental Studies from Gettysburg College, USA. Her summer experiences in Nepal greatly influenced her decision to specialize in contaminant hydrology for her academic career.
In the summer of 2012, Asnika was awarded with the Mattson Summer Experience Fund by the Gettysburg College Center for Public Service. Through this grant, she conducted a community-based project on introducing arsenic removing biosand filters to schools in Nawalparasi district in collaboration with Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO). The summer before, she worked as a volunteer at Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) in their safe drinking water campaign. As a volunteer, she conducted awareness sessions on water sanitation and trained secondary students to locally produce and retail WATASOL, a chlorine disinfectant. Having worked in the field and met with impoverished communities affected by lack of safe drinking water, Asnika
developed a strong motivation to focus her research on improving water quality.