Alison Bick of Short Hills, NJ has won the 2011 international Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP). She worked for four years on her project, Development and Evaluation of a Microfluidic Co-Flow Device to Determine Water-Quality, which combines micro-fluidic devices, cell phones and chemical indicators to test water quality. The International Jury cited that “this year’s winning project reflects truly out-of-the-box thinking to find a solution to an important real-world problem that is relevant in both a developing and developed country context. It is the result of a creative, multi-faceted, and long-term effort that was triggered by an actual problem in the local community. It has the potential to revolutionize our ability to monitor water quality in a way that is fast, accurate, more flexible and less expensive than existing technologies.” Bick received $3,000 (USD) and an all-expense-paid trip to Stockholm to compete. HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden presented her with the international award: $5,000 and a crystal sculpture. Bick will have the opportunity to present her research to thousands of water quality professionals at WEFTEC® 2011.


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