Welcome Students & Educators!

Opportunities for High School Students

NEWEA supports a variety of activities that introduce high school students to the world of water resources and wastewater treatment, both to encourage understanding of the complex issues we face today and to attract young people to a career in the industry.

U.S. Stockholm Jr. Water Prize Competition

sjwp_logo2A National/International Science Competition for High School Students, the Stockholm Junior Water Prize is the world’s most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project. The prize taps into the unlimited potential of today’s high school students as they seek to address current and future water challenges.  Important dates: Submission for consideration at the State level is by April 15th. State winners announced by May 1st each year. Must be chosen as a State winner to qualify for the National Competition.


World Water Monitoring Challenge


World Water Monitoring Challenge™ is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies. We challenge you to test the quality of your waterways, share your findings, and protect our most precious resource!

button_registerFor more information and to order test kits visit the World Water Monitoring Challenge site.

The NEWEA Public Education Committee and Massachusetts Water Resources Authority sponsors test kits for Boston area schools and civic groups. If interested, please contact the Public Education Committee.

Opportunities for College Students

NEWEA supports a variety of activities that introduce college students to the world of water resources and wastewater treatment, both to encourage understanding of the complex issues we face today and to attract young people to a career in the industry.


Membership in NEWEA offers great opportunities for individuals to become involved and contribute to the water environment profession.  Join NEWEA’s community of engineers, educators, students, operators, companies, and individuals interested in enhancing our water quality.

Student Membership Benefits – Free Student member registration for NEWEA Annual Conference, NEWEA Spring Meeting, WEFTEC, WEF Specialty Conferences and WEF Webcasts.  Reduced registration for NEWEA Specialty Seminar & Workshops; Student Member Discounts – Save up to 50% off of the member price on WEF technical manuals and books; Eligibility for Scholarships; Technical publications, newsletters and online access including Career Resources, Job Bank, Committee Involvement, Social activities, and much more.

Student Membership – Reduced rate!  Join NEWEA for only $10.00/year.

3-for-1 Joint Student Membership – Join three professional organizations for one price.  Join NEWEA for $30.00/year and automatically join New England Water Works Association and New England American Public Works Association as well as their respective national organizations.

Student Chapters

Wentworth Institute of Technology, established in 1996

Northeastern University, established in 2004

Forming a student chapter is a great way to meet other enthusiastic students in the environmental field and to build a community. Guidelines for establishing a student chapter

Annual Conference

The NEWEA Annual Conference is held annually at the end of January in Boston, MA.  Students may attend the conference free of charge.  A variety of activities are held with students in mind:

    • Student/Young Professional Lounge
    • Poster Session – Prizes Awarded
    • Young Professional/Student Technical Session
    • And much more…


NEWEA offers scholarships to deserving students in undergraduate, graduate, and for individuals enrolled in continuing education/training programs. The national organization, WEF also offers a scholarship.

Visit our scholarships page and/or the WEF Scholarship page for more information.

Student Design Competition

The NEWEA Student Design Competition promotes “real world” design experience for students interested in water engineering and sciences. Students are expected to work together as a team to recommend a solution with little assistance from an advisor/professor. The competition will consist of a written report and final presentation. This competition is intended for both undergraduate and graduate students, typically completing a capstone project. The winning teams from each category will compete at the national WEFTEC competition.  Learn more >>

Committee Involvement

Volunteering on a NEWEA committee is a great opportunity for YOU to build leadership skills, gain industry recognition and help shape the water quality field.  Choose from over 22 technical committees.

Water For People Committee – NEWEA proudly supports Water for People.  Find out more about what they do and how you can get involved.

Career Center and Job Bank

The new and improved Job Bank offers enhanced search capabilities and allows you to apply online.  NEWEA’s Job Bank is continually updated with new employment listings for careers in wastewater, including water and wastewater management, operations, consulting engineering, and other career paths in water quality.

Whether you’re looking for a new job, or ready to take the next step in your career, we’ll help you find the opportunity that’s right for you!  Also check out the Career Brochure and the professional development center here.


Mr. & Mrs. Fish

Mr. & Mrs. Fish are marine educators. Their shows are designed for children ages 7-11, but people of all ages enjoy the Fish shows! For more information or to book a show, visit http://www.mrandmrsfish.com

The NEWEA Public Education Committee sponsors two Mr. & Mrs. Fish shows each year at the NEWEA conference in Boston. If you are with a public school or a non-profit in the Boston area and would like to bring a group to one of our shows, please contact the Public Education Committee Chair.