WRRI values students and seeks to create special opportunities for engagement of students and young professionals during the conference. This year, we offer the following opportunities to engage. While geared to students, recent graduates, and young professionals, all attendees are welcome to attend and we are certain that the content will be beneficial to all who participate.

Mentorship Program

Are you a student, recent graduate, a professional looking for a career change or someone re-entering the workforce after a break? Are you interested in working in the world of water? Are you a professional with an interest in meeting and mentoring the next generation of water experts? If so, we invite you to participate in the Water Resources Research Institute annual conference and sign up for our Mentorship Program.

Through this program, mentees will be paired with a professional mentor. Mentees will select their preferred mentors based on bios and information provided by the mentors, and WRRI will match pairings based on preference. Mentors will then facilitate mentee networking with other water professionals, address questions related to water resources research and careers, and provide a more enriching experience at the WRRI conference.

Two special mentorship meetup sessions will provide opportunities for mentors and mentees to meet each other and carve out time together. WRRI will provide materials to help guide conversations as needed.


Student Oriented Sessions

Each WRRI conference features special sessions to meet common needs of students and young professionals for information about water resources and hands-on opportunities to build skills that will benefit a career in water resources or other science-related field. Past sessions have included science communication and career panels. See the agenda page for more information about student-oriented sessions.


Student Poster Competition

All university (undergraduate and graduate) students who present a poster presentation at the conference are automatically entered into the poster competition. Cash awards go to 1st place ($200), 2nd place ($150), 3rd place ($100) and honorable mention ($50) winners. Poster exhibit space is limited. Abstract submission is closed, but plan early for submission next year.