U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Your donation is needed to help support the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize program’s 3-day competition and foster high school students as they work to protect the environment and the world’s most precious resource…Water. U.S. donations are tax deductible. Make your contribution by midnight on Dec. 31, 2016 by visiting wef.org/sjwpdonate. You can read the SJWP year in review for 2016 here.

2016 PNCWA SJWP Winners for Oregon and Washington Announced

Jared Kerman and Sarah Hatcher, students at Northwest Academy (Portland) and Apoorv Khandelwal, a senior at Tesla STEM High School (Redmond WA) have been selected as the PNCWA area SJWP winners. Kerman and Hatcher’s project was titled Designing a Multimetric Approach to Assess Water Quality in the Pacific Northwest Using Epilithic Diatoms (Bacillariophyceae): Implications for Conservation, Stream Health, and Ecosystem Management. Khandelwal’s was Optimizing Water Permeability in Nanoporous Graphene Membranes for Reverse Osmosis Water Desalination.

 Students Solving Water Challenges

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize empowers high school students to identify and research ways to solve water challenges in our communities today and into the future.  This international awards program recognizes the best and brightest students working to solve water problems in new and innovative ways.

The SJWP was modeled after the international Stockholm Water Prize for which recognizes outstanding research on water issues.  Each year, students are selected from competitions around the globe to travel to Stockholm, Sweden to present their research before a panel of international water experts.  The winner receives $15,000 and a crystal award, and their school receives $5,000 for STEM education.  Last year’s international winner was Perry Alagappan from Clear Lake High School, Houston, TX.  Perry was selected for his research Novel Renewable Filter for Heavy Metal Removal: A Practical Application of Functionalized Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes at World Water Week.  

Inspire, Mentor and Assist in this Amazing Competition

Get involved!  It’s easy.  Here are some ways you can inspire the next generation of water professionals:

  • Mentor students in your community.  Check with your local high school science teachers to make sure they know about the competition.  Offer to be a classroom speaker, talk about water issues in your community, and offer technical assistance to students interested in exploring water research.
  • Judge local and regional science fairs.
  • Judge state research papers submitted for the SJWP award.  Each year, a panel of local experts helps select the winning research papers for Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. 

For more information or to VOLUNTEER to judge research papers, contact Catherine Chertudi, SJWP Coordinator for PNCWA: ►  cchertudi@cityofboise.org or by phone: 208.384.3912.