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    Aims to encourage and reward students for excellence in the field of water studies and research, and provides a forum for students to display their academic excellence and research findings to future employees, clients and the water industry. 


     Nomination form



    Open to students enrolled or recently graduated (within last twelve months) in a university or tertiary institute within Australia whose final year project is on a water industry related topic. 


    Scoring is allocated based on the following criteria relevant to the nomination form, the written paper and an oral presentation:

    • Relevance of the project to the water industry
    • Quality of technical content
    • Innovation and originality
    • Paper and presentation


    When completing the online nomination form you will be asked to answer the following.

    • What is the relevance of your project to the water industry? (250 words)
    • What sector/s of the water industry does your research benefit? (250 words)
    • Outline two key technical elements of your project. (500 words)
    • Has this area been researched previously? If yes, how does your research differ? (250 words)
      How will the outcomes of your research deliver innovation in the water sector? (500 words)
    • Please upload:
    • Biography
    • Resume
    • Final Paper - download the full paper template here
    • Hi-resolution photos x 3
    • Please provide a short introduction of the nominee, to be used at the awards presentation night, should they be selected as a finalist. (50 words)

    Award Process 

    Nominations must be entered into the state awards, where the winner will automatically advance to the national Australian Water Awards. To be eligible for the national awards, the state winner must be available to attend and present at Ozwater’16 (10 – 12 May) in Melbourne. State winners will be provided with flights, accommodation and registration to Ozwater’16 where they will present their papers as part of the conference program.


    National Prize 

    3 years membership to AWA & YWP (Young Water Professional) Network

    Winner’s paper will be published on AWA’s website and in AWA’s Water Journal.


    2015 Winner - Australian Undergraduate Water Prize 

    Nomination form

    Matthew Makestas, Mark Bailey, Diana Bethune and Joshua Ware, University of Adelaide, South Australia
    The group’s fourth year honours project explores the significance of alternative water sources, specifically stormwater and treated wastewater which are currently underutilised resources. The water supply industry in South Australia is at a point where there is a need for formal design procedures and methodologies. This project successfully created a fast and flexible modelling platform which evaluated the performance of alternative regional water supply schemes.