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Student, Graduate Students & Young Professional* Virtual Poster Competition

 *Students are defined as actively enrolled in a collegiate under or graduate school
Young Professional members are individuals who are age 35 or younger

Virtual Poster Contest
Poster Session - Thursday, March 12, 2020 and March 13, 2020 (if needed)
Official Judging:  Will take place during your scheduled presentation.

The Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association (ISAWWA) is pleased to announce an opportunity for students and young professionals (YPs) to share the results of their work and/or academic projects. 

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:

  • Advanced Water Treatment & Technologies
  • Asset Management, Renewal and Replacement
  • Conservation, Water Use Efficiency, and Water Loss
  • Design, Construction, and Delivery
  • Distribution, Plant Operations, and Maintenance
  • Finances, Affordability, and Rate Setting
    Emerging Topics, New Technologies
  • Regulatory & Legislative
  • Source Water Protection
  • Small Systems Issues
  • Smart Water, IT, Data Science, I & C, Automation
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Consumer Outreach
  • Stormwater Management
  • Water Quality and Treatment
  • Water Resources and Planning, Climate Impacts
  • Water Reuse Issues
  • Wastewater Collection, Treatment, Resource Recovery
  • Utility Planning and Management
  • Utility Risk and Resilience, and Cybersecurity


Virtual Poster Competition Details

Applications must be received by January 30, 2020.

  • Selected participants will be notified within two weeks of the January 30, 2020 deadline (February 14).
  • Virtual Poster will be presented in MS PowerPoint format.  Each participant is allowed 15 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes to answer questions from judges.  Please, plan accordingly.  Embedded videos within the power point presentation are NOT ALLOWED.
  • Virtual Poster competition will take place on March 12 & 13 (if necessary), 2020.
  • Virtual Poster presenters are required to attend a February 20, 2020 Go To Webinar training on how to present their virtual poster on Adobe Connect.
  • Prizes: Winner is entered in the AWWA national poster competition at ACE20, Orlando, FL,  travel expenses subsidized by ISAWWA. $250 cash prize for second place. 

The first place poster will be entered in the national AWWA poster competition, which will take place during the week of June 14-17, 2020, in Orlando, FL. The virtual poster will need to be converted to a hard copy poster for presentation at ACE20.  Only the presenter(s) who presented the winning virtual poster on March 12 or 13, 2020 will be sponsored by ISAWWA to attend the national AWWA conference in Orlando (absent team members may not take their place).   Virtual poster winners with multiple presenters will split the stipend to attend ACE.   If the presenter(s) are not able to attend the national AWWA conference, the second place virtual poster will be promoted to the first place poster, and the presenter sponsored to attend the national AWWA conference.  MORE INFORMATION ON THE ACE20 POSTER SESSION. 

Complete the online form below.
For inquiries email or call 866-521-3595 ext. 7


  • Benefit to the water industry
  • Technical content
  • Quality and professionalism of presentation
  • Thoroughness of responses during Q&A
  • Organization and clarity of poster presentation
If your entry is selected for presentation on March 12 and 13, 2020, you will receive a confirmation email within 2 weeks of your submission informing you of your scheduled time for presentation and information for am Adobe Connect training webinar.

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PDF format of applications and information.
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Lending Library Information PDF (34.68 KB) Administration 12/1/2011
AWWA National Poster Competition Guidelines PDF (49.71 KB) Administration 11/22/2011
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