The 110th Annual Conference & Exhibition is a great opportunity for students to get the latest technical information and have their voices heard by academicians, government and industry leaders. Current and future environmental professionals have the chance to network with colleagues in the field, present and publish their work, and further their professional education.

The Student Program for 2017 has excellent opportunities to participate in technical platform presentations, poster, and courses, get involved with professional committees that make a difference, and to network with a broad range of professionals interested in air quality and waste management. Participants can obtain information about hot environmental topics, while also having a great time!

Don't miss YP Wednesday with these targeted events for Young Professionals and Students 

Young Professionals’ Mentor Breakfast 

Wednesday, June 7• 8:00am-9:00am
This annual professional networking breakfast gives young professionals and recent graduates the opportunity to network and be mentored by an experienced environmental professional.  For established professionals this is a great opportunity to connect with the industry’s next generation of rising stars.  
Cost:  $20  Pre-registration required. 

Speed Networking 
Wednesday, June 7 • 9:00 am-11:00 am 
Don’t miss this opportunity to practice your networking skills!  Young professionals and students (and professionals) are invited to engage in a fast paced networking exercise.  Answer questions, provide perspectives, and help students get the inside track on what it’s like being a practicing professional.

Career Panel 
Professional Development Guidance and Tools Panel Discussion 
Wednesday, June 7 • 11:30 am – 1:30 pm 

Get the inside scoop from a panel of young professionals as they share their career experiences and answer questions in this interactive and enlightening panel. 

Young Professional/Student Networking Reception
Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36
Wednesday, June 7 • 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
$35 per person
Join A&WMA Students and Young Professionals for a fun evening out and experience one of the country’s best sports towns. Everyone is invited to attend!  Voted Pittsburgh’s best sports restaurant yearly since opening, Jerome Bettis’ Grille offers an unparalleled sporting & dining entertainment experience.  Located on Pittsburgh’s North Shore along the Allegheny River. Includes: Heavy hors d'oeuvres, one drink ticket. Ticket required. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 

YP/Student Technical Sessions
Back by popular demand, ACE2017 will include introductory level technical sessions aimed at young professionals and students looking to get a broader understanding of important aspects of the environmental industry. “How Does It Work?” sessions will include topics such as industries, control devices, monitoring equipment, and modeling.  

Get a team together and present your solutions in the Environmental Challenge International (ECi) Competition.

Meet fellow students and connect with YPs and professionals to build your network! 

Student Platform Paper Presentations

Tuesday June 6 – Thursday, June 8
See your fellow students present their research as platform presentations throughout the week.

Student Welcome Reception 
Tuesday, June 6 • 11:30 am – 12:00pm
Students participating in the Student Paper, Student Poster Competition, and the Environmental Challenge International (ECi) are invited to meet and network with fellow students from around the world. Poster setup guidelines and ECi rules will be reviewed.

Student Chapter Exchange 
Tuesday, June 6 • 12:00 – 12:30 pm
Join your fellow students, Education Council representatives, and A&WMA staff for the Student Chapter Exchange to network and exchange ideas about A&WMA’s Student Chapters. Learn what it means to be a part of a student chapter or get tips on how to form a chapter of your own.

Academia 101: How to Apply For and Get a Faculty Position 
Tuesday, June 6 • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Students and Young Professionals interested in pursuing jobs in academia are invited to learn about the academic job search process and how to prepare for an academic job. This is also an opportunity to meet with university representatives.

Student and ECi Poster Set Up 
Tuesday, June 6 • 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Student Poster Competition 
Tuesday, June 6 • 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Visit the exhibit hall to watch as students present their posters to the judges during this year’s Student Poster Competition.  The competition recognizes student posters to be the best among those considered in the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral categories. Awards for exceptional posters will be provided at the Student Awards Ceremony and Reception on Wednesday, June 7.

ECi Poster Judging 
Tuesday, June 6 • 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Join the ECi teams as they interact (often in surprising ways) with role players, and present their posters to the judges.

ECi Final Presentations 
Wednesday, June 7 • 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Watch the top ranking ECi teams present their final problems and solutions incorporating using the “tweak” they received prior to the conference.

Student Awards Ceremony and Reception
Wednesday, June 7 • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
All students and professionals participating with the Student Program are invited to the Student Awards Ceremony and Reception, which will honor exceptional students who have received scholarships, poster awards, platform paper awards, thesis and dissertation awards, and ECi awards. The Exceptional Education Award will also be awarded at this event.