Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Stockholm Junior Water Prize

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) is considered the most prestigious international  award presented to a high school student who has conducted research in the water sciences. The purpose of the SJWP is to increase students' interest in water-related issues and research, and to sensitize them - as future leaders - to global water challenges. Founded by the Stockholm Water Foundation, Her Royal Highness, Crown Princess Victoria is the patron of the prize. Each year, in a ceremony that takes place during World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, the international winner is awarded $15,000 USD and a blue crystal sculpture in the shape of a water droplet, crafted by Hanne Dreutler.

In the United States, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and its member associations, host the U.S. SJWP competition with support from Xylem, Inc. One winner is chosen amongst the state winners to travel to Stockholm, Sweden, to compete against winners from almost 40 other countries around the world. Each year, thousands of students compete for the grand prize but only one wins.

To be eligible to compete in the national competition, all students must enter and win in their state. The Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA) judges all entries and awards one winner first place and an opportunity to represent Florida in the national competition.

Meet our 2020 FL SJWP Winner: Kevin Avaiya (YouTube)

Eligibility

The competition is open to all high school students in grades 9-12, who have conducted a water-related science project and have reached the age of 15 by August 1st of the competition year.

Individual students or teams of two may enter the competition.

Projects should be aimed at enhancing quality of life through the improvement of water quality, water resources management, or water and wastewater treatment.  Projects can explore water issues on local, regional, national or global issues. All projects must use a research-oriented approach using scientifically accepted methodologies for experimentation, monitoring, and reporting, including statistical analysis.

Judging Criteria

All entries will be judged by the same criteria as those used for the international competition and are rated in six categories:

  • Relevance
  • Creativity
  • Methodology
  • Subject knowledge
  • Practical skills
  • Paper and presentation

To view the judging criteria and view the paper guidelines, please see the below documents provided by WEF:


How To Enter

All 2021 SJWP entries are due by April 15, 2021.

All entries must be entered into the online application found here: Application (WEF.org)


Next Steps and Timeline

All eligible papers submitted for Florida will be sent to the Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA) SJWP State Coordinator. No less than three judges will review and rate each submission. The highest scoring entry will be offered first place and an opportunity to represent Florida at the U.S. national competition, location TBD.

The first place winner be must be available* to attend the U.S. national competition on June 17-20, 2021. The airfare and hotel expenses (i.e. stay, not food) will be paid by the FWEA and WEF.

  • April 15, 2021- All SJWP entries for Florida are due.
  • April 30, 2021- The FWEA will contact all students who entered the competition to notify them of their status.
  • May 5, 2021- State winners will be announced.

*In the event that COVID-19 prevents an in-person competition, a virtual competition will be held.


Prizes

The FWEA awards a first, second, and third place cash prize to its winners. These funds are provided by the FWEA. 

  • First place- $1000 
  • Second place- $500
  • Third place- $250

The state winner or first place winner will also receive:

  • A certificate and medallion provided by WEF.
  • Paid flight and hotel expenses for travel and stay for participation in the national competition.*
  • An article announcing his/her win in the Florida Water Resources Journal (FWRJ).

The U.S. national winner will receive:

  • A $10,000 scholarship and the national trophy (per project).
  • An all-expenses-paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden, to compete in the SJWP international competition during World Water Week at the end of August. 
  • A U.S. SJWP Winner framed certificate.

For More Information

To view last year's U.S. national winner's, check out this video put together by WEF: https://youtu.be/fGgTM-m0ox4

To learn more about the Stockholm International Water Institute and the Water Prize, please visit: https://www.siwi.org/prizes/stockholmjuniorwaterprize/

SJWP Contacts                                      

                        

Florida SJWP Coordinator (FWEA)

Arpita Meher 

(407) 659- 5552

U.S. SJWP National Organizer (WEF)

Brad Lovett 

(703) 684- 2454

 

Past Florida SJWP Winners

2020- Kevin Avaiya

2019- Helena Jiang

2018- Rohan Jakhete

2017- Talar Terzian

2016- Stefan Wan

2015- Maria Elena Grimmet 

2014- Zachary Loeb

2013- Zachary Loeb

2012- Gabriela Canas

2011- Collin McAliley

2010- Collin McAliley

2009- Collin McAliley

2008- Gene Rodrick

2007- Gene Rodrick

2006- Gene Rodrick  

2005- Hasib Nasirullah 

2004- Lindsey Sisco 

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