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The application period for InFLOW STEMpath 2021 is now CLOSED! 

Thank you to those schools that applied for the 2021 InFLOW STEMpath program.  Notifications of acceptance will be sent out in June 2021.

The WEF InFLOW STEMpath Program solicits schools/universities to apply to be part of this unique experience. If accepted, university scholars will be participating in a dual virtual program and attending WEFTECThe 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.

The application will be reviewed based on your answer to the following questions:

  1. Describe your university's involvment 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 2021 STEMpath Program:


Download The 2021 STEMpath Preliminary Schedule


Questions? Please contact:
[email protected]

"It was an amazing experience that I will treasure. Participating in this program really confirmed that this is the industry I'd want to work in. I really enjoyed the various networking events, I made many contacts that I will keep in touch with who may offer guidance throughout my career."

-David, Florida International University (InFLOW 2019)

Important Dates

The 2021 STEMpath Schedule is as follows:

  • March 2021 - STEMpath Application for Schools and Universities opens
  • April 30, 2021 - Application Period Closes
  • June 2021 - Accepted universities notified
  • August 2021- Universities submit names of participating scholars to WEF
  • October 2021 - Scholars participate in pre-WEFTEC virtual programming
  • October 16-20, 2021 - Scholars attend WEFTEC in Chicago, IL.

STEMpath 2021 Schedule

The 2021 program will take place at WEFTEC 2021 in Chicago, IL, on October 16-20, 2021.


During WEFTEC scholars are introduced to the water industry through several different WEFTEC activities including:

  • Water Palooza (optional)
  • Students & Young Professionals Community Service Project
  • Student Design Competition
  • Opening General Session
  • WEFTEC Career Fair
  • Students & Young Professionals Committee
  • Techical Session and Exhibition Hall

Aside from these traditional WEFTEC activities, the scholars will attend special events, including:

  • Tour of a local water resource recovery facility
  • Networking events with sponsors and industry leaders
  • Industry Leaders Discussion Panel where they will get to the opportunity to hear from prominent leaders in the sector about their expereince and journey in water.
  • Closing networking luncheon

University Responsibilities

As part of the WEF InFLOW STEMpath Program, Universities agree to the following:

  1. Select up to 5 students that qualify for the WEF InFLOW STEMpath program and are from historically underrepresented racial and/or ethnic groups.
  2. Select at least one scholar for the program that is not an engineering student (other STEM fields encouraged).
  3. Encourage a gender balance of participating students.
  4. Be responsible for coordinating student flights and stipends, which will be reimbursed by WEF after invoice submission.
    • WEF will directly cover the cost for the following:
      • Hotel Accommodations
      • WEFTEC Registration
  5. Highly encourage university to send a representative, faculty member, or professor to WEFTEC (registration can be provided by WEF).
  6. Coordinate and notify university faculty that students will be missing classes.
  7. Be available for follow up communication with WEF Staff about their experience.

Student Criteria & Responsibilities

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

  1. Full-time student at a participating School/University
    1. Preferably entering sophomore or junior year in Fall semester
    2. Preferably majoring in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) field
  2. 18 years of age or older
  3. Represent a historically underrepresented racial and/or ethnic group.
  4. Required to participate in online activities prior to WEFTEC.
  5. Required to attend WEFTEC in person and fully participate in all scheduled activities.
  6. Willing to fully participate with WEF Staff, Sponsors, & Members before and after WEFTEC
  7. Responsibly represent School/University during WEF InFLOW events and while at WEFTEC
  8. Follow State and Federal Laws, including not consuming alcohol if under 21.
  9. Experience in water is not required, but an interest in the water industry is encouraged.

Statement of Policy on Diversity & Inclusion

The Water Environment Federation is committed to enhancing diversity and awareness of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, disability and sexual orientation among its staff, consultants, contractors and members. As a matter of principle and practice, the Water Environment Federation values and seeks a diverse and inclusive membership. It is the Federation’s goal to encourage full participation in the activities of the Federation, its Member Associations and affiliated entities by all individuals.


WEF's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy