Become a Participating InFLOW University


The STEMpath Track includes scholars from universities and colleges who are currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a STEM field. Through WEF InFLOW, these students are first introduced to the water sector at WEFTEC, where they participate in activities with other students and young professionals, as well as specially curated events to help scholars build their network within the water community. After WEFTEC, the scholars will be invited to additional opportunities within WEF including internships, scholarships, and involvement with other WEF Student & Young Professional programming.​

Who is Involved?​
WEF works with universities and colleges throughout the United States to obtain student scholars. Program participants include students ranging from sophomore year to Ph.D. candidates, with different STEM concentrations and a varying range of knowledge about the water industry.​

The WEF InFLOW STEMpath Program solicits schools/universities to apply to be part of this unique experience. If accepted, university scholars will participate in a dual virtual program and attend WEFTEC. The program will also include pre-WEFTEC programming to include more of an introduction to the water sector and additional opportunities for scholars to network and even find mentors within our young professional and water community. ​

After WEFTEC, the scholars will be invited to additional opportunities within WEF including internships, scholarships, and involvement with other WEF Student & Young Professional programming.​

The program ensures that there will be no expenses incurred by the scholars, with expenses including airfare, hotel, registration, and meals covered by WEF.

University Responsibilities​
By participating in the WEF InFLOW STEMpath program, universities agree to:​

  • Select up to 2 full-time undergraduate/graduate students that qualify for the WEF InFLOW STEMpath program and identify as being from historically underrepresented racial and/or ethnic groups.​
  • Select at least one scholar for the program that is not an engineering student (other STEM fields encouraged).​
  • Encourage a balance of all genders for participating students.​
  • NEW for 2023: We ask the University to help ensure student(s) get everything set by deadlines.​
    • WEF will directly cover the cost for the following:​
      • Hotel Accommodations - Two students per room​
      • WEFTEC Registration​
      • Flights​
      • Stipends - in the form of AMEX Cards​
  • Highly encourage the university to send a representative, faculty member, or professor to WEFTEC (registration cost can be provided by WEF).​
  • Coordinate and notify university faculty that students will possibly be missing classes.​
  • Be available for follow-up communication with WEF about their experience.​

Student Responsibilities

Accepted universities will recommend students who qualify under the below criteria and responsibilities to partake in the InFLOW STEMpath Program:

  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate student at a participating School/University​
    • Preferably entering sophomore or junior or senior year in Fall 2023​
    • Preferably majoring in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) field​
  • 18 years of age or older​
  • Represent a historically underrepresented racial and/or ethnic group.​
  • Required to participate in online activities from September-October 2023.​
  • Required to attend annual WEFTEC 2023 in Chicago, Illionis from September 30 - October 4, 2023, and fully participate in all scheduled activities.​
  • Willing to fully participate with WEF Staff, Sponsors, & Members before and after WEFTEC 2023.​
  • Responsibly represent their School/University during WEF InFLOW events and while in New Orleans, Louisiana.​
  • Follow Illinois State and Federal Laws, including not consuming alcohol if under 21.​
  • Experience in water is not required, but an interest in the water industry is encouraged.​

STEMpath Applications – Closed for 2023 - 2024 Applications open in January 2024

At this time, we do NOT accept individual applications from students. Applications will be reviewed based on university faculty answers to the following questions:

  1. Describe your university's involvement with WEF on a national or local member association level.​
  2. Describe any programs that your university has related to the water sector.​
  3. Describe any programs/initiatives that your university has for historically underrepresented racial and/or ethnic groups.​
  4. Explain why your university is interested in participating in the WEF InFLOW Program.​
  5. Explain how you would select scholars to participate in the WEF InFLOW Program.

For more information about the STEMpath Program

2023 STEMpath School Interest Flyer

inFLOW 2023 Preliminary Schedule

Questions? Contact

Become a Participating University


2018 Participating Schools:

  • Howard University
  • Tuskegee University
  • University of South Florida

2019 Participating Schools:​

  • Florida A&M University ​
  • Howard University​
  • University of Alaska​
  • University of Hawaii ​
  • University of South Florida​
  • Florida International University​

2020 Participating Schools​

  • Howard University
  • Florida International University​
  • University of Hawaii​
  • Rutgers University ​
  • University of California, Irvine
  • San Diego State University​
  • University of the District of Columbia

2021 Participating Schools

  • Benedict College​
  • Colorado State University​
  • Florida International University​
  • Howard University​
  • Loyola University of Chicago​
  • Rutgers University​
  • San Diego State University
  • University of Illinois – Chicago​
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln​
  • University of South Florida​
  • University of the District of Columbia​
  • Utah State University​

2022 Participating Schools ​

  • Arizona State University
  • Benedict College​
  • Florida International University
  • Howard University​
  • Manhattan College
  • Rutgers University ​
  • San Diego State University
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • University of South Alabama
  • University of South Florida
  • University of the District of Columbia



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