Juneau-Douglas High School students Madison Nolan and Hannah Wilson were named state winners of the 2009 Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition - the most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project.
Selected for their project "The Effects of Estrogen on the Mass, Length, and Gender of Sand Shrimp (Crangon alaskensis and franciscorum)," Nolan will represent Alaska at the national competition, held June 25 to 27, at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.
Hosted by the Alaska Water Wastewater Management Association, this year's competition will feature three days of educational and entertaining events.
The purpose of the SJWP is to increase students' interest in water-related issues and research, and to sensitize them - as future leaders - to global water challenges. The competition is open to projects aimed at improving quality of life through improvement of water quality, water resources management, water protection, and water and wastewater treatment.
"The SJWP competition is an important element in the Water Environment Federation's effort to attract young professionals into the water quality field," Rebecca West, WEF president, said. "As the size and scope of the global water challenge continues to evolve, it is more important than ever to promote the ideals of leadership, academic excellence and environmental stewardship. We are encouraged by Madison and Hannah's pursuit of excellence in the spirit of competition and proudly support their interest in water quality issues."
The U.S. winner will receive $3,000 and an all expense paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden for the international competition as well as the opportunity to present their research to water quality experts at Water Environment Federation's 82nd annual technical exhibition and conference, WEFTEC®.09, this October in Orlando, Fla. In addition, the U.S. winner's school will receive a $1,000 grant to enhance science education and research in the classroom and up to three finalists will receive $1,000 each.
In the United States, WEF and its Member Associations organize the national and state SJWP competitions with support from ITT Corporation (also the international sponsor), The Coca-Cola Company and Delta Air Lines. Internationally, HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is the patron of the prize. The international competition will take place during World Water Week, Aug. 16-22, in Stockholm, Sweden. The international winner will receive $5,000 during a royal ceremony in the presence of HM King Carl XVI Gustaf and HM Queen Silvia.
For more information about SJWP, visit www.wef.org.