Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Local Student, Benjamin Dwyer, to Represent Massachusetts
in the Prestigious
2019 Stockholm Junior Water Prize Science Competition

Holden, MA– Benjamin Dwyer, a student at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, MA, has been named the state winner of the 2019 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) competition – the world’s most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project. Selected for his project “Business is Blooming:  Optimizing Phosphorus and Carbon Content to Maximize Growth and Lipid Production in an Algal Photo-bioreactor”, Dwyer will represent Massachusetts at the national competition, June 13-16, 2019 in Columbus, OH. Here, he will compete against other young researchers from across the country for the opportunity to represent the United States at the international competition, which will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, in late August.

“Dwyer’s project demonstrates impressive knowledge and insight on an engaging water innovation topic,” said New England Water Environment Association Executive Director Mary Barry. “As a professional association of water quality experts, we take great pride in sending Dwyer to the national competition.”

The purpose of the SJWP program is to increase students’ interest in water-related issues and to raise awareness about global water challenges. The competition is open to projects aimed at enhancing the quality of life through improvement of water quality, water resource management, water protection, and water and wastewater treatment. In the United States, WEF and its Member Associations organize the state and national SJWP competition with support from Xylem, Inc.

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The New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) manages the Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) competition and the MWPCA contributes funds to send the MA winner to Stockholm.

You can download Benjamin’s project paper here