Connecting Historically Underrepresented Students to the Water Sector

The STEMpath Track of WEF InFLOW includes student 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.

Past Participating Schools


The application for Universities to participate in STEMpath 2021 is now open! Application closes April 30th.

Click here for more information & to apply!

"Going to WEFTEC really broadened my interest and passion in water, I didn’t realize how many opportunities and positions are available, since I was really just basing my knowledge of water off of what we were being taught in the classroom.”

-Faith, Howard University‚Äč (InFLOW 2018)

"Meeting the most important people in the industry was a truly inspiring experience"

InFLOW 2018 Scholars Share Their Experience

The 2018 inaugural InFLOW class featured an array of students from different backgrounds, class year, and experience in water.  Through exposure in the program, Howard University has started as a Water Environment Federation Student Chapter, and other students have gone on to internships and jobs in the water industry.


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

Program Participants

2018 Participating Schools:

  • Howard University - Washington, DC
  • Tuskegee University - Tuskegee, AL
  • University of South Florida - Tampa, FL

2019 Participating Schools:

  • Florida A&M University - Tallahassee, FL
  • Howard University - Washington, DC
  • University of Alaska - Anchorage, AK
  • University of Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
  • University of South Florida - Tampa, FL
  • Florida International University - Miami, FL

2020 Participating Schools

  • Howard University - Washington, DC
  • Florida International University - Miami, FL
  • University of Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
  • Rutgers University - New Brunswick, NJ
  • University of California, Irvine - Irvine, CA
  • San Diego State University - San Diego, CA
  • University of the District of Columbia - Washington, DC