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The application period for InFLOW STEMPath 2020 is now OPEN!

The WEF InFLOW STEMPath Program is now soliciting schools/universities to apply to be part of this unique experience.  If accepted, university scholars will be attending WEFTEC 2020 in New Orleans, Lousiana from Friday, October 2 - Wednesday, October 7.  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.

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.


Download the STEMPath University Interest Flyer


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*Please Note: If this is the first time you are applying on this system, you must create an account.  WEF login info does not work on this site *

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"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)

University Responsibilities

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

  1. Obtain 3-5 students that qualify for the WEF InFLOW STEMPath program and are from historically underrepresented racial and/or ethnic groups
  2. Encourage a gender balance of participating students
  3. Be responsible for coordinating student flights and stipends, which will be reimbursed by WEF after invoice submission
    1. WEF will reimburse the university for the following:
      1. Airfare
      2. Student Stipend for other transportation and meal costs
    2. WEF will directly cover the cost for the following:
      1. Hotel Accommodations
      2. WEFTEC Registration
      3. Some Meals
  4. Send a representative, faculty member, or professor to WEFTEC (highly encouraged). Registration can be provided by WEF
  5. Coordinate and notify university faculty that students will be missing classes
  6. 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 2020 Program:

  1. Full-time student at a participating School/University
    1. Preferably entering sophomore or junior year in Fall 2020
    2. Preferably majoring in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) field
  2. 18 years of age or older
  3. Required to participate in online activities during the Summer of 2020
  4. Required to attend WEFTEC 2020 in New Orleans, LA from October 2-7, 2020 and fully participate in all scheduled activities
  5. Willing to fully participate with WEF Staff, Sponsors, & Members before and after WEFTEC 2020
  6. Responsibly represent School/University during WEF InFLOW events and while in New Orleans, LA
  7. Follow Louisiana State and Federal Laws, including not consuming alcohol if under 21.
  8. Experience in water is not required, but an interest in the water industry is encouraged.

WEFTEC Schedule

The program will take place at WEFTEC 2020 in New Orleans, LA from Friday, October 2 to Wednesday, October 7

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


View the Preliminary Schedule of Events

Important Dates

  • April 10, 2020 - Application Closes
  • Late April 2020 - Accepted universities notified
  • May 2020 - Universities submit participating scholars to WEF
  • Summer 2020 - Scholars participate in pre-WEFTEC webinars 
  • October 2-7, 2020 - WEFTEC in New Orleans, LA


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 & Inclusivity Policy