NAU’s annual Student Water Symposium accepting abstracts for virtual event

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The 4th annual Student Water Symposium (SWS) will be held virtually and is now accepting abstracts for any projects related to water. The event will be held from April 15-16, but all abstracts must be submitted by March 26.

Water is the interconnected cultural, economic and environmental element that binds the world together. It is used to irrigate crops, provide habitat for wildlife and quench thirst in all species. It also produces energy, supports economic growth and has religious significance and inspiration for the arts. Its vital nature calls for people to address the growing demands and challenges facing this vital resource.

SWS is a student organized event led by faculty adviser Denielle Perry, assistant professor in the School of Earth and Sustainability. The event was created to bring multidisciplinary undergraduate and graduate students together to research, collaborate and share information about water resource issues. The theme this year is titled, “WATER: World Action Towards Ecosystem Restoration.”

SWS encourages NAU students to engage in interdisciplinary collaborative solutions related to water problems, both in the university and in the professional world. Students are invited to present research or creative projects on any water-related topic. The accepted presentation format is a pre-recorded 10-minute Zoom presentation of a poster, PowerPoint slides or StoryMap.

The event is publicly accessible and aims to bring together campus and the Flagstaff community to engage in discussions about water. Keynote speakers, film screenings and panel discussions will cover current concerns, and students will receive feedback on presentation techniques and content from water professionals who volunteer their expertise. Awards will be given to the top three posters and oral presentations at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

For more information about the event, visit the SWS webpage. Abstracts must be submitted using the 2021 SWS Abstract Form online. For those interested in volunteering or becoming an evaluator or sponsor, email