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Campus to Host Water Research Competition

UNC Charlotte has been selected to host the United States leg of a competition for one of the world’s most prestigious awards in water-related research. The Stockholm Junior Water Prize is presented to one high school student annually for research in water and sustainability issues. In an effort led by the Center for STEM Education, UNC Charlotte bested proposals from universities across the country to host the competition through 2018.

Each year, thousands of participants from more than 30 countries join competitions to vie for the chance to represent their nations at the international final held during World Water Week in Stockholm. The national and international competitions are open to individuals from age 15 to 20 who have conducted water-related projects of proven environmental, scientific, social or technological significance. The winner of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize receives a $15,000 award, a blue crystal prize sculpture, a diploma as well as the stay in Stockholm.

"The Center for STEM Education is excited to be part of this event and to assist the Water Environment Federation in planning for this prestigious competition," said David Pugalee, director of the UNC Charlotte Center for STEM Education. "Water is our most important natural resource, and the world faces significant challenges around access and availability of clean water."

Annual Faculty and Mentoring Competitions Underway

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the 2016 competitions for the First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal and the Harshini V. de Silva Graduate Mentor Award are now underway.

The First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal recognizes outstanding scholarship, creativity and/or research among senior full-time faculty members. Each year the University, with support from First Citizens Bank, present this award in order to recognize and foster the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and creative endeavors. Nominations focus on the excellence and importance of sustained contributions in research and creative activities, including work done over a substantial period of time at UNC Charlotte.

The Harshini V. de Silva Graduate Mentor Award was established in memory of Dr. Harshini de Silva, an associate professor of Biology, who was noted for her deep dedication to the academic and professional development of graduate students. Each year, the Chancellor’s Office and the Graduate School present this award to a full-time member of the graduate faculty who evinces the qualities of outstanding graduate mentoring. For additional information and submission details, visit the Graduate School website.