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WATERCON - Student and Young Professionals
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WATERCON has many educational, networking, and social opportunities just for students. See below for a list of events, how to register, and how to apply for financial assistance to attend the conference.

Student Events

· On Your Own

Take a break from the organized activities and use the time to sit in on the technical education sessions or learn more about water treatment and distribution equipment in the exhibit hall.
· Student & Young Professionals Reception, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Mingle with fellow students and meet young professionals who can relate valuable experience with job hunting, applying for grad school, and getting more involved in the water industry.  The reception features a networking challenge to introduce newcomers to some of the water industry leaders in Illinois and compete for a prize.  You just might make a connection that will lead you to your first job, give insight on future career options, or simply make a few new friends. 

- Virtual Poster Presentation

Can't make it to WATERCON?  Take part in our poster presentaton and if you win, a free trip to ACE20 in Orlando, Florida!

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Financial Assistance


Financial assistance to attend the conference is limited to the first 12 students who apply, and is intended to help students who would otherwise not be able to afford to attend the conference. If you are receiving sponsorship from your school or other sources to attend the conference, please refrain from applying for financial assistance so it is available for those most in need.


Student Qualifications

· Must be enrolled in an accredited college, university, operator training program, or other water-related technical training program as a full-time student.

· Must be an ISAWWA student member. Click here for more information about becoming a member.  


Conference Registration and Meals

· ISAWWA will waive the registration fee for students who agree to volunteer on a one-for-one basis. For example, a participating student attending WATERCON for two days would perform volunteer work for one day and freely attend sessions and activities of their choosing for one day. An alternative is to volunteer for half the day and freely attend activities of your choosing for the other half of the day, for each day of attendance at the conference.

· ISAWWA will attempt to adjust the scheduling of volunteer work assignments to allow participating students to attend technical sessions and activities that are of special interest to them.

· ISAWWA will also endeavor to provide each participating student with an event mentor to help them make the most of their experience at WATERCON.

· Volunteer work assignments will be based upon the event needs and the abilities of each participating student. Some examples include helping to set up rooms for technical sessions, providing assistance with computer and A/V equipment used by presenters, or helping at the registration desk.

· Participating students will receive meal tickets for the day(s) of their attendance.

· Participating students must report to ISAWWA staff at the registration desk when they arrive to receive their volunteer assignments.



· ISAWWA will, to the extent possible, provide hotel rooms for participating students who attend WATERCON for more than one day.

· Hotel rooms will be up to triple occupancy on a same sex basis.

· Students must provide the hotel with a credit card to allow recovery of any additional costs beyond the basic use of the hotel room (room service, phone calls, movies, damages, etc).

· ISAWWA will make every attempt to honor requests for specific roommate assignments, but cannot guarantee this.

· If plans change and you cannot attend, you must cancel the hotel reservation more than 7 calendar days prior to the conference, or be subject to a $25.00 room cancellation fee.

How To Register

 If you are requesting Financial Assistance, please make sure that you meet the qualifications above and place "Financial Assistance Requested" in the comments box when registering.  Choose the "Invoice" option, and complete the registration.  Someone from the ISAWWA office will contact you to let you know if you have been chosen to receive Financial Assistance.  If you are willing to volunteer and receive equal time, please register as above and contact

To register to attend the conference, CLICK HERE


If you have any questions, please call the Section Office - at 866-521-3595 x3

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