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June 17, 2013


Oregon Student to Represent U.S. in International Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Water Environment Federation (WEF) proudly announces Anirudh Jain of Portland, Ore. as the U.S. winner of the 2013 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP)—the most prestigious international competition for water-related research—during a ceremony this past weekend in Portland.

Jain’s project, “Sulfidation as a Novel Method to Reduce Toxicity of Silver Nanoparticle Pollution’” was top among 48 state SJWP winners at the national competition held in Portland, June 14-16. With increasing use of silver nanoparticles for their antimicrobial properties, greater amounts of nanoparticles are being released into the environment with potentially adverse impacts on benign microorganisms, and Jain’s project examined use of sulfidation as a viable approach to reduce the toxicity of silver nanoparticle pollution during wastewater treatment.

“Anirudh’s paper and the SJWP competition in general continue to reinforce my belief that the future of America’s water is in good hands,” said Mohamed F. Dahab, chair of the SJWP Review Committee. “The level of research and creativity presented by the young men and women who participated was simply outstanding.

Jain received $10,000 (USD) and an all-expense paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden, where he will compete against national winners from more than 30 countries for the international honor during World Water Week, September 1-7, 2013. HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden will present the international award—$5,000 and crystal sculpture—during a royal ceremony held in conjunction with the Stockholm Water Symposium. 

He will also have the opportunity to present his research to thousands of water quality professionals at WEFTEC® 2013—the Water Environment Federation's 86th annual technical exhibition and conference—October 5 – October 9 in Chicago, Ill.

Two U.S. runners up, Leah Huling of Ada, Okla. and Deepika Kurup of Nashua, NH, received a $1,000 award. 

In addition to the SJWP winners, Isabella Cafaro and Sarah Organ of Milwaukee, Wisc. received the Bjorn von Euler Innovation in Water Scholarship for their project, “Reducing Escherichia coli and Fecal Coliform Contamination at South Shore Beach.” The award recognizes projects that demonstrate a unique passion for education and awareness of sustainable water management, and the prestigious $1,000 scholarship honors the valuable work and contributions of former WEF Board member and retired Xylem, Inc. communications director Bjorn von Euler. 

WEF sponsors the U.S. SJWP with support from Xylem Inc. The Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association hosted the 2013 national competition and also sponsored Jain.

For more information about the SJWP and to download the winning paper, please visit www.wef.org

Note to editors: Please contact Stevi Hunt-Cottrell at shuntcottrell@wef.org for a high-resolution image of the winner and finalists.

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.