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Student & Young Professional Poster Competition

Poster Session - Tuesday March 24, 2015
Set Up Time:  8:00 - 9:00 am
Judging:  9:00 am to 11:00 am

The Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association (ISAWWA) and Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA) are pleased to announce an opportunity for students and young professionals (YPs) to share the results of their work and/or academic projects. This is an opportunity to attend the best total water conference in the state, and a great chance to learn about the rapidly evolving water industry through interactions with peers and industry professionals. Interested individuals should complete and return this form.

Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:

• Originality • Relevance of Topic • Technical Content

Posters should conform to the guidelines indicated on the accompanying guideline document. Information presented on posters can cover a diverse range of topics including:

Drinking Water Wastewater
  • Source Water Quality
  • Water Treatment Processes
  • Water Distribution Systems
  • Water Conservation/Reuse
  • Wastewater Collection Systems
  • Wastewater Treatment Processes
  • Effluent Reuse
  • Solids Handling
Poster Competition Details
Applications must be received by February 17, 2015.
  • Selected participants will be notified within two weeks of entry form submittal.
  • Maximum Poster Size is 48" x 48"
  • Poster competition will take place on Tuesday, March 24, from 9-11am.
  • Free conference registration for the day for all participants. Includes meals and admission to exhibit hall, Resources Fair, Young Professionals Reception and educational seminars. Limited # of complimentary rooms are available - see form below
  • Drinking Water Prizes: Winner is entered in the AWWA national poster competition at ACE15, Anaheim, CA, travel expenses subsidized by ISAWWA. $250 cash prize for second place.
  • Wastewater Prizes: $200 cash for first place and entry in the CSWEA Student Paper Competition.  $100 cash prize for second place

The first place drinking water poster will be entered in the national AWWA poster competition, which will take place on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Anaheim, CA.  Only the presenter(s) who presented the winning poster at the WATERCON2015 conference will be sponsored by ISAWWA to attend the national AWWA conference in Anaheim (absent team members may not take their place). If the presenter(s) are not able to attend the national AWWA conference, the second place poster will be promoted to the first place poster, and the presenter sponsored to attend the national AWWA conference.

The first place wastewater poster will be entered in the CSWEA Student Paper Competition, which will take place on Monday, April 6, 2015 in Madison, WI.  Additional information on the Student Paper Competition can be found at:

Complete the online form below.

For inquiries email or call 866-521-3595 ext. 1


  • Benefit to the water industry
  • Technical content
  • Quality and professionalism of presentation
  • Thoroughness of responses during Q&A
  • Organization and clarity of poster
 If your entry is selected for presentation at WATERCON2015, you will receive a confirmation email within 2 weeks of your submission.

Illinois Section AWWA will also provide one room night for contestants during the conference with double occupancy. If you need to have a room provided for you, please contact the ISAWWA Executive Director . The Illinois Section will pay for one nights lodging for every two contestants. Reservation incidentals or no-shows will be the responsibility of the contestants. Limited # of complimentary rooms are available.
I understand that I am responsible for the room charges in their entirety if I do not show up and fail to cancel this reservation. If I am staying for more than one night, I understand the Illinois Section AWWA will only pay for one nights lodging. Conference registration for the day of competition is complimentary. You will be automatically registered for Monday’s conference and will be given a free lunch ticket for Monday lunch.

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