The Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) was founded in 1997 by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) to complement the Stockholm Water Prize.

Stockholm Junior Water Prize finalists 2019 from SIWI on Vimeo.

 

The SJWP is the world's most prestigious award presented to a high school student for a water-research project. The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has coordinated the U.S. competition since its inception in 1997, and partners closely with their Member Associations (MAs) to execute the program.

Initially, a paper competition from 1997-2001, the eligible projects were gleaned from the regional and state international Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) by MA-appointed judges.  In 2002, the MAs sent their state winners to the first onsite event that was jointly hosted in Dallas, TX by WEF and the Water Environment Association of Texas.  The event was modeled after the international event, including three days of competition and social activities, and up until 2013, was the U.S. model.

The competition is held in June in order to send the national winner to the international competition in late August.  It is open to public, private, or independent high school students in grades 9-12, that have reached the age of 15 by Aug. 1 of the competition year, and have conducted water-related science projects. Judging criteria are the same as the international competition and include ratings for relevance, methodology, subject knowledge, practical skills, creativity and paper/presentation.  

The competition currently relies heavily on established science fair competitions such as the ISEF.  There is also an on-line submittal opportunity to include students in private schools, home schools, or who have conducted independent projects.  It is not necessary for a student to have had a project in a science fair in order to enter.  A national judge's panel consists of 15-20 experts in a variety of disciplines/academia and is chaired by WEF Past President Dr. Jeanette Brown. To date, the U.S. has been awarded seven SJWP international titles. 

2020 SJWP National Competition

Date & Location:
2020 National Competition will be held in digital format


Entry Deadline: April 15, 2020

The Water Environment Federation, with support from Xylem Inc., is proud to host the 2020 US Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition. In response to the coronavirus pandemic and in the interest of health and safety, the 2020 competition will be held in digital format. The state level competition remains the same (digital) and submissions are welcome unitl April 15th.

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SJWP Contacts

Lovett Organizer

 U.S. SJWP National Organizer

 Brad Lovett
 Water Environment Federation
 Phone: 703-684-2454
 Email: [email protected]

 

 

 

 

  

 SJWP Subcommittee Chair
 Brian Shell
 [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

Julianne LaRock

 Public Communications and Outreach 
 Committee Chair

 Megan Yoo Schneider
 [email protected]

National Competition Locations

 

 

 Locations of the U.S. SJWP National Competitions

 

 2002:  Dallas, Texas; hosted by the Water Environment Association of Texas

2003:  Dallas, Texas; hosted by the Water Environment Association of Texas

2004:  Denver, Colorado; hosted by the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association

2005:  Portland, Oregon; hosted by the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association

2006:  Atlanta, Georgia; hosted by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals

2007:  Phoenix, Arizona; hosted by the Arizona Water & Pollution Control Association

2008:  Orlando, Florida; hosted by the Florida Water Environment Association

2009:  Anchorage, Alaska; hosted by the Alaska Water Wastewater Management Association

2010:  St. Louis, Missouri; hosted by the Missouri Water Environment Association

2011:  Chicago, Illinois; hosted by the Illinois Water Environment Association

2012:  Boston, Massachusetts; hosted by the New England Water Environment Association

2013:  Portland, Oregon; hosted by the Pacific Northwest Water Environment Association

2014:  Herndon, Virginia; hosted by the Water Environment Federation with support from the Virginia Water Environment Association

2015:   Herndon, Virginia; hosted by the Water Environment Federation with support from the Virginia Water Environment Association

2016:  University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina; hosted by the Water Environment Federation with support from the North Carolina Water Environment Association

2017:   University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina; hosted by the Water Environment Federation with support from the North Carolina Water Environment Association

2018:  University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina; hosted by the Water Environment Federation with support from the North Carolina Water Environment Association

2019:  The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; hosted by the Water Environment Federation with support from the Ohio Water Environment Associaiton

2020:  The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; hosted by the Water Environment Federation with support from the Ohio Water Environment Associaiton