2022 Geospatial Water Technology Conference Student Activities

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The Planning Committee is organizing student activities at the 2022 GWTC Conference. Read below for more details.

  1. Paper Presentation Competition: Students may present their work and a panel of volunteer judges will select the winner and runner-up for paper (oral) presentations.
  2. Professional Development Panel: Students engage with 3-5 representatives from different sectors, each briefly (5-10 min) introducing their work, their career arc, and what it’s like to work in their sector, with ample time for Q&A.


Students who are full-time are invited to participate in the paper (oral) presentation competition during the AWRA GWTC Spring Conference. This competition is separate from other awards and scholarship programs of AWRA. The Paper (oral) Competition takes place during scheduled session presentation times throughout the conference. For tips/instructions on how to present your paper in the competition, view the PME Resource page.

Who Can Present

Full-time students in undergraduate and graduate (masters and Ph.D. levels) programs are encouraged to present papers describing their research. Papers can describe collaborative research carried out by multiple authors (including non-students) but must be presented by a student. 

Participation Costs

Participation in the competitions is optional but is included with a full-conference student registration rate. Participation is not available to students who do not register.

Participation Recognition - Paper (oral) Competition

Two awards will be presented at the conference luncheon on Wednesday, May 10 for Best Paper Presentation and Runner-up Paper Presentation. Recognition will also be made on the AWRA website, various publications, and through special promotions.


Students who are full-time are invited to participate in professional development panels where 3-5 representatives from different sectors will each briefly (5-10 min) introduce their work, their career arc, and what it’s like to work in their sector. Ample time will be given for Q&A.

The Professional Development Panel will take place during lunch on Tuesday, May 9 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM in Lone Star A and B. Lunch is included at no additional charge for student participants.

Participation Costs

Participation is optional but is included with a full-conference student registration rate. Participation is not available to students who do not register.


BEFORE REGISTERING, click here to read the COVID-19 Liability Waiver and Affirmation of Conduct Restrictions. You will be required to sign, date, and upload this into the conference verification tool. Instructions for accessing and uploading the required documents are found on the GWTC COVID-19 Protocols page.

All conference participants (presenters, moderators, panelists, etc.) must register at the appropriate registration rate. AWRA Gateway members are not eligible for discounted rates. The registration fees are the major source of funding for the Conference, and the sharing of registrations is prohibited - every person attending the conference must register. For presenters, if two or more individuals will be presenting, each individual must register for the conference. This includes all oral/technical session presenters; all panel session presenters; and all poster session presenters. All conference participants must adhere to the AWRA Code of Conduct.

Cancelations must be made in writing. We can transfer your registration to someone else by April 11, 2022. Those cancelations received by April 11, 2022 will be subject to a processing fee of 25% of total fees. No refunds will be given after April 11, 2022 - no exceptions! Abstract submission fees are nonrefundable. Refunds will be processed after the conclusion of the conference.


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