What are society's most pressing water issues and what new approaches are needed to address these issues? CUAHSI's Voices of the Future Award highlights the voices of students and provides a platform to share their visions for the future of the water science community. Two awards will be granted: one undergraduate and one graduate. 

Winners will receive registration and travel support to a science meeting, honoraria, and opportunities to share their vision with the greater water science community! More information below. 

  • Eligibility, Prompt & Submission Requirements


    • Two awards will be granted: one undergraduate student and one graduate student.
    • Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students at U.S. institutions are eligible. 


    Compose a fact-based opinion paper that addresses one of the following: 

    1. New science that is needed to address local to global water issues, 
    2. Processes for moving from water science to impactful water policy, 
    3. Diversity, equity, inclusivity, and/or environmental justice issues and solutions in water science and policy, 
    4. Any related topic that provides a vision for the future of water science and/or the water  resources community. 

    Submission Requirements: 

    • Prepare a fact-based opinion paper of no more that 5 pages (11 pt font) including citations, figures, tables or captions. 
  • Evaluation Criteria & Process

    Evaluation Criteria: 

    • The paper creatively and cogently addresses an important hydrologic science or water-resources issue and sets forth a compelling vision for the future. 
    • The paper is clearly and concisely written, and arguments are supported by facts. 
    • Papers that are about specific methods or instrumentation are discouraged, as are implementation plans. 

    Evaluation Process: 

    • Submissions will be evaluated by a mixed panel of CUAHSI staff and Board and committee members, and selected members from the community. 
    • Evaluation will be double-blind
  • Award
    • Registration and travel to a CUAHSI Meeting (2021 CUAHSI Biennial or 2020 Joint Hydrologic Sciences Meeting.)
    • $500 Honorarium.
    • Personalized Award Plaque.
    • Opportunity to present the vision to the CUAHSI community at the selected CUAHSI meeting.
    • Featured articles in the CUAHSI Annual Report, monthly newsletter, and on the cuahsi.org website.
    • Publications of both the award winning papers and two honorable-mention papers on the CUAHSI website.
  • Potential Resources for Getting Started

Voices of the Future Awardee Archive

Take a look at past awardees to learn more about their vision for the future of water science. 

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