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May 16, 2013

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 WEF Member Associations Send Aspiring Water Scientist to the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize National Competition


ALEXANDRIA, Va. The Water Environment Federation (WEF) proudly announces the 2013 state winners of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP)—the most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project (complete list). 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 Association, June 14-15, 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 (USD) and an all-expense-paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden with their teacher for the international competition as well as the opportunity to present their research to water quality experts at WEFTEC® 2013—WEF’s 86th annual technical exhibition and conference—this October in Chicago, Ill.. 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 United States, WEF and its Member Associations organize the national, state, and regional SJWP competitions with support from Xylem Inc., also the international sponsor. The national winner will represent the United States at the international competition in Stockholm, Sweden during World Water Week, September 1-6, 2013. The international winner will receive $5,000 (USD) presented during a royal ceremony by the prize’s Patron HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. 

For more information about SJWP, visit www.wef.org.

About WEF 

Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF members, Member Associations and staff proudly work to achieve our mission to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide. To learn more, visit www.wef.org.