The Students and Young Professionals are the future of our industry. WEF’s programs, resources and networking opportunities give students and young professionals the keys to launch a successful career in the water and wastewater field by promoting involvement within WEF and the Member Associations and providing professional development and leadership opportunities.


The WEF Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC), is made up of students, young professionals, academics and water quality professionals. The SYPC develops several regular programs that occur at WEFTEC and throughout the year that drive innovation, enrich the expertise of water professionals, and increase the awareness of the value of water. 

Meet the SYPC Leadership!

Service Project

The WEF Community Service Project aims to make a difference in the WEFTEC host city by leaving a positive impact on the local water environment and educating the community about the value of water. Since 2008, the WEF Community Service Project has made a significant impact on several WEFTEC host cities, creating 5 rain gardens, 7 bioswales, and an outdoor classroom.

 Learn more about the WEF Community Service Project

Water Palooza

The goal of Water Palooza is to engage elementary school students in hands-on and demonstrative activities that promote the value of water and encourage students to become stewards of their own water environment.

At the event, students learn about the local water environment, the value of water, initiatives in their community, and how to save water and protect the environment at home.

Learn more about Water Palooza

Design Competition

The WEF Student Design Competition promotes real-world design experience for students interested in pursuing education and careers in water and wastewater engineering and science. WEF hosts two different competitions at WEFTEC: the Wastewater Design and Environmental Design. 

The competition tasks students to prepare and present a design that helps solve a water quality issue. Teams evaluate alternative ideas, perform calculations, and recommend solutions in the form of an engineering report and presentation.

2018 WEFTEC Student Design Competition Winners
(Top: Water Environment, Bottom: Wastewater)

Learn more about the WEF Student Design Competition


The WEF Young Professionals Midyear Springboard Program was developed to further increase opportunities for Student and Young Professional members to become involved in WEF, with particular emphasis on integration of Young Professionals into the WEF technical committees. At the Midyear Meeting, YPs will have the opportunity to join committee working sessions, develop and review programs, and help develop programming for WEFTEC.


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Student Chapters

WEF’s Student Chapters promote student interest in the water and wastewater industry, and provide an avenue for the for the exchange of information and ideas between students and members.

Explore resources for WEF’s Student Chapters or learn how to start your own student chapter!

YP Summit

The WEF/AWWA YP Summit is a joint leadership conference held in conjunction with the Utility Management Conference. Young Professionals in the water and wastewater industry from across North America and Canada attend this annual event. YP Summit is the place to explore your role in the water and wastewater industry and discuss how to best service your organization and community.

Come join us in Anaheim, CA on February 24-25th to explore your role in the water industry and how you can best serve your organization and community!

Learn more about the YP Summit

YP Connections

Welcome to the new home of YP Connections!

The mission of YP Connections is to connect Students and Young Professionals through sharing information and experiences related to involvement in WEF and Member Associations, professional development and leadership opportunities.

See What the YP's are Up To!

Student & YP Awards

WEF Canham Graduate Studies Scholarship

This scholarship provides $25,000 for a post-baccalaureate student in the water environment field. The scholarship is for education related expenses such as room and board, tuition and books.

Learn more about the application requirements and criteria

Outstanding Young Water Environment Professional Award

This award is presented to a young professional for significant contributions to the Water Environment Federation and to the wastewater collection and treatment industry.

Learn more about the nomination process