The California Water Environment Association (CWEA) is opening the application process for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP), an annual water research competition for California high school students. Applications are due by April 15, 2019.
The Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition is the world’s most prestigious water-science competition for students. The winner of the California competition will advance to the national level, and the winner of that event will represent America at the global competition in Sweden.
Previous winners of the California SJWP have developed systems which detect pathogens; analyze the formation of trihalomethanes; remove nanoparticles from water and screen for toxic chemicals. 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 2018 winner of the California prize was Visala Tallavarjula of Santa Clara. Visala was among one of 57 state winners announced by the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and represented California in the national finals at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where students from 47 states and Puerto Rico competed.
The winner of the 2019 California SJWP prize will receive:
- A complimentary trip to the national competition in Columbus, OH. CWEA and WEF will cover the cost of airfare, hotel and meals for the student.
- $500 cash prize*
- California SJWP medal and one-year WEF student membership
- A certificate recognizing the student’s contribution to the water environment
- An invitation to speak at CWEA’s Annual Conference the following year
- Winning paper published online
- Complimentary CWEA student membership for one year
*CWEA will also award 2nd and 3rd place winners with a cash prize of $300 and $100
The criteria for SJWP entries are:
- Water-science research project aimed at enhancing the quality of life at the local, regional or global level
- Open to all high school students, grades 9-12 and ages 15-20 (must reach age 15 by August 1, 2019)
- Projects may be done individually or by a team of up to three students
- The competition is open to public high schools, private schools, homeschools, and independent projects not associated with a school
It is essential that all projects use a research-oriented approach, which means they must use scientifically accepted methodologies for experimentation, monitoring, and reporting, including statistical analysis.
To enter the California competition and for detailed instructions please visit:
For general SJWP information please visit: https://www.wef.org/resources/for-the-public/SJWP/
The competition is judged by members of CWEA’s Membership & External Relations Committee with assistance from a distinguished panel of water experts.