Student Paper Competition

Prizes are awarded for papers dealing with water pollution control, water quality problems, water related concerns or hazardous wastes. The competition is open to any current or recently graduated college student. Selection of winning papers is based on the relevancy of subject matter and originality of thoughts, concepts or solutions. There are four categories of awards: (1) Operations, (2) Bachelors, (3) Masters and (4) Ph.D. with prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 in each category.

The WEF Undergraduate Student Paper Competition is intended to promote the education of undergraduate students in water pollution control, water quality problems, water-related concerns, hazardous wastes or related areas. It also is intended to provide an opportunity for national recognition of undergraduate students. Further details on the WEF Student Paper Competition can be viewed online at

The CSWEA Public Education Section Chair will select the best paper from their state. Out of these top three papers, the CSWEA Public Education Committee Chair and each Section Chair will then select the best paper and submit it to WEF for the national Student Paper Competition.

The winner from each state will have his/her travel and expenses to the CSWEA annual conference subsidized by CSWEA.

The winner from the CSWEA region will have their paper published in Wisillminn (CSWEA Magazine), and his/her participation in the national conference (WEFTEC) will be subsidized by CSWEA.


For Information, Contact:
Amy Haque
Phone: 855-692-7932

Past Winners – Undergraduate

2013Antonio Garcia of The University of Wisconsin – Madison
For : “Testing for Statistical Difference in Methods of Water Filtration.”
2012Not Awarded
2011Alex Gorzalski of The University of Wisconsin, Madison
For : “Propidium Monoazide (PMA) for Live/Dead Distinction of Microbial Communities in a Pilot-Scale Water Treatment System.”

Past Winners – Graduate

2017Amanda Heller of The Milwaukee School of Engineering
"System Design and Economical Study of Wastewater Reuse for Northwestern Mutual Life."
2016No Award Given
2015Mark Ludwigson of The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
"Sustainability Comparison Framework with Reduced Subjective Bias and Application to Two Odor Control Systems."


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To provide a Water Environment Federation (WEF) organization (Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin) offering multiple opportunities for the exchange of water quality knowledge and experiences among its members and the public and to foster a greater awareness of water quality achievements and challenges.

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