May 17, 2013

Aspiring Water Scientists Sent to National Competition

U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize state winners to attend the national competition in Portland, Ore.

Water Environment Federation U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize State Finalists

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced the 2013 state winners of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP). WEF member associations (MAs) selected and will sponsor state winners and their science teachers to attend the national competition, hosted by the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Assn., June 14 to 15, 2013, in Portland, Ore.

The purpose of the SJWP program is to increase students’ interest in water-related issues and research and to raise awareness about global water challenges. The competition is open to projects aimed at enhancing the quality of life through improvement of water quality, water resources management, water protection and water and wastewater treatment.

“WEF congratulates these talented state winners, who represent some of the most innovative thinking in water science today,” said WEF President Cordell Samuels. “We wish them the best of luck at the national competition and are very grateful to our member associations for their tremendous support of this important program. WEF’s continued support for the SJWP underscores our commitment to the development of future professionals in the water sector.”

The U.S. winner will receive $10,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Stockholm with their teacher for the international competition as well as the opportunity to present their research to water quality experts at WEFTEC.13 — WEF’s 86th annual technical exhibition and conference — this October in Chicago. Two finalists will receive $1,000 each.

The Bjorn von Euler Innovation in Water Scholarship Award, a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Xylem Inc., will be awarded to the SJWP state winner who demonstrates a passion for education, spirit of creativity and innovation.

In the U.S., WEF and its MAs organize the national, state and regional SJWP competitions with support from Xylem Inc., also the international sponsor. The national winner will represent the U.S. at the international competition in Stockholm during World Water Week, Sept. 1 to 6, 2013. The international winner will receive $5,000 presented during a royal ceremony by the prize’s Patron HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.