Bay Area Student Wins California Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Announcements, Women in Water

CWEA selected Eshani Jha from Lynbrook High School as California’s first place winner of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, 2021.

Jha’s project, Thiol Functionalized and Manganese Doped Biochar for the Removal of Toxic Organic and Inorganic Contaminants from the Water was selected as the first place project for California out of 21 papers submitted. Eshani, one of 43 state winners announced by the Water Environment Federation (WEF), will represent California in the national finals May 27th, 2021. Eshani was the second place winner for California last year.

The competition is open to public, private, or independent high school students in grades 9-12, that have reached the age of 15 by Aug. 1 of the competition year, and have conducted water-related science projects.  Judging criteria are the same as the international competition and include ratings for relevance, methodology, subject knowledge, practical skills, creativity and paper/presentation.

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize aims to increase students’ interest in water issues, research, and careers, as well as to raise awareness about global water challenges. The competition is open to projects focused on improving water quality, water resource management, water protection, and drinking water and wastewater treatment.

“These are some of our country’s most intelligent students, and the innovation and creativity reflected in their projects is truly amazing,” said Eileen O’Neill, past WEF Executive Director. “If the work of these young scientists is any indication, the future of water science and research is indeed bright.”

CWEA also awards the second and third place winners with cash prizes. Congratulations to:

Second Place:

Ayush Agrawal – Detection of Arsenic Contamination Using Satellite Imagery and Deep Learning
Third Place:
Christopher and Nicholas Kwok – Modifying the Activity of Hydrogenase and Carbonic Anhydrase Enzymes in Chaetomorpha to Mitigate Ocean Acidification

For more information on the Stockholm Junior Water Prize:

For a list of state winners:—webpage.pdf