May 10, 2016

WEF Sends Aspiring Scientists to the U.S. SJWP Competition

National finals will be held June 17 to 19 in Charlotte, N.C.

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The Water Environment Federation determined the 2016 state winners of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP)—the most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project.

WEF member associations selected and will help sponsor the state winners’ participation in the national finals, scheduled June 17 to 19 at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, N.C.

Hosted by WEF, with support from Xylem Inc. and local WEF member associations, the 2016 U.S. competition will include student winners from 47 states (California TBA) and Puerto Rico for a total of 48 projects. The exhibition and judging will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Sat., June 18 and is open to the public.

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.

The U.S. winner will receive $10,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden where he or she will represent the United States at the international competition during World Water Week, Aug. 28 to Sept. 2. The international winner will receive $15,000 presented during a royal ceremony by the prize’s Patron HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

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

In the United States, WEF and its member associations organize the regional, state and national SJWP competitions with support from Xylem Inc., who also sponsors the international competition.