Students Bring New Water Research to U.S. SJWP Competition

June 14, 2017

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SJWP LogoHigh school students who have completed advanced water research will gather at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte this month for the 2017 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) competition. A total of 59 students representing 48 U.S. states and Puerto Rico were selected to compete for the 2017 national award.

Each year, a student or student team who has completed qualifying water research is chosen to represent each state as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands at the national competition. Student competitors present water-related science projects aimed at improving water quality, managing and protecting water resources, and treating drinking water and wastewater. SJWP aims to increase students’ interest in water-related issues and research and to raise awareness about global water challenges. Projects will be exhibited and judged during a public event on June 16.

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and its Member Associations organize the regional, state, and national competitions with support from Xylem Inc. (Rye Brook, N.Y.). The Bjorn von Euler Innovation in Water Scholarship Award, a $1000 prize sponsored by Xylem, also will be presented to a chosen competitor who demonstrates a passion for education, a spirit of creativity, and a willingness to innovate.

“WEF is very proud to shine a spotlight on some of our country’s brightest high school students, who impress us all with their innovative projects that focus on protecting our precious water resources,” said WEF Executive Director Eileen O’Neill. “These students give us great confidence in the future of water science and research.”

Judges select a winner to receive $10,000 and a trip to represent the U.S. at the international SJWP competition in Stockholm during World Water Week. Since 1997, U.S. students have won the international competition six times.

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