WEF Announces the Stockholm Junior Water Prize Finalists

SJWPLargeTalented young scientists have put their water-research projects to the test and 54 have won state U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) competitions. The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) announced these state winners, who will head to Herndon, Va., for the SJWP National Competition, June 13–14.

WEF Member Association water quality professionals selected finalists, which consisted of an individual or teams of students from around the country who had conducted science projects. With the goal of increasing student interest in water-related research and raising awareness of global water challenges, the competition features state, national, and international levels.

WEF, with assistance from the Virginia Water Environment Association, Chesapeake Water Environment Association, Federal Water Quality Association, and DC Water (Washington, D.C.), will host the national competition to immerse high-school students in water research and education. During the competition, students will have the opportunity to interact with others that have similar interests and network with water professionals from around the U.S.

The U.S. winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship and a trip to Stockholm, Sweden, to compete at the international competition. Up to two finalists will receive a $1000 scholarship. In addition, the Bjorn von Euler Innovation in Water Scholarship Award will be awarded during the competition. This $1000 scholarship, sponsored by Xylem Inc. (White Plains, N.Y.), will be presented to the student who demonstrates a passion for education and the spirit of creativity and innovation.

WEF and its Member Associations organize the U.S. regional, state, and national SJWP competitions with support from Xylem. Seven Seas Water Corp. (Tampa, Fla.) will cosponsor participation of the U.S. Virgin Islands winner.

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