This award aims to encourage and reward students for excellence in water-related studies and research, and provides a forum for students to display their academic excellence, innovation, and/or research findings to future employees, clients and the water industry.

Open to students and recent graduates of an Australian university or tertiary institute focused on water-related topics. Open to both members and non-members of AWA.
Closing date by state:
The 2023-24 season is now closed. Entries for the 2024-25 season will open in June 2024.
Submission Criteria for this award:  

• 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 key outcomes of your project (500 words).
• How will the outcomes of your research deliver innovation in the water sector? (500 words)

Items to accompany your submission:
• An abstract (max 500 words). Finalists are required to do a presentation rather than submit a full paper.
• Resume
• 3 x images to be used in awards presentation
Optional video overview of the project (note: no score will be allocated to this video)


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How to create your account
  1. Click on the ’Login' above and create a new user account
  2. Complete the form and save
  3. Click on 'Submissions' and add your awards nomination 
  4. You will receive an automated confirmation email once your submission has been received. Remember you can come back to update the form later. 
*You can create multiple submissions for this category under the same account. If you have any questions regarding your submissions, please contact