The West Coast Section of the Air & Waste Management Association is pleased to announce programs to support all eligible college-level students who are interested in air quality and waste management. These include:

  • Student membership dues support
  • Reduced student registration rates for West Coast Section and Chapter meetings
  • Student technical paper competition to attend the A&WMA Annual Conference & Exhibition


Student Membership Dues Support. The West Coast Section encourages students to join the A&WMA and gain access to an exciting variety of the International Association’s on-line resource materials that will be useful in their studies and career. In addition, each year, the Association recognizes outstanding students and provides them with various scholarships and awards. For more information visit: There are also jobs or internships posted on the Association’s website: as well the Section’s website:  The West Coast Section will contribute 50% of the total cost of $35 annual Student Member dues – your cost is only $17.5. Apply for the $35.00 student membership at to obtain confirmation of your A&MWA membership and e-mail your membership confirmation to the treasurer ( Reimbursement of $17.5 will be processed by the Section and sent to you.

Additionally, the West Coast Section encourages students to consider membership in Student Chapters at their own College or University. If no Student Chapter exists, consider forming one (see the Florida Section Student Chapter Guidebook for reference). The current West Coast Section’s Student Chapters are:

  • Asian Institute of Technology Student Chapter
  • California Polytechnic State University Student Chapter
  • California State University, San Bernardino Student Chapter
  • University of California, Riverside Student Chapter


Reduced Student Registration for West Coast Section and its Chapter Meetings. In addition to Student Chapters, the West Coast Section encourages students to participate in the West Coast Section and their nearest Local Chapter ( The West Coast Section provides reduced rates for students to attend all of the Section’s and its Chapter’s meetings. These meetings typically include a technical presentation and networking opportunities in a lunch or dinner setting. In addition, every year, the West Coast Section holds a full-day conference and invites speakers from government, energy companies, vendors, law firms, and environmental consultants to talk about the latest topics related to air quality and regulations. This provides an exceptional opportunity to meet and network with industry and government leaders who are working to address environmental issues in California and around the world. You can find out more about the Section’s previous annual conferences at

A&WMA Annual Conference & Exhibition Support. Another benefit offered by the West Coast Section to student members is providing financial support to participate in the Association’s International Annual Conference & Exhibition (ACE), held in June of each year. The conference is an excellent opportunity for students to interact with industry and government professionals from all over the world and learn more about environmental issues and the latest tools and solutions. More information about the international conference can be found at The conference sponsors subsidize portions of the Student Program to allow as many students as possible to participate at a nominal cost. In addition, the West Coast Section holds a student technical paper competition each year (see below), and provides a cash award to one or more winners for attending the Annual Conference & Exhibition.

The conference’s Student Program includes a variety of both informative and social activities such as Student Poster Contest and Session, Student Chapter Exchange, Environmental Challenge International (ECi) Competition, and Student Awards Ceremony and Reception.  As part of the “Student Poster Contest and Session” program, students are invited to submit extended abstracts or full papers. Student poster presenters will be eligible to compete for cash prizes at the conference within three categories – undergraduate, masters, or doctoral.

The conference technical program also includes an Environmental Challenge contest (ECI). The Environmental Challenge International (ECi) Program is a student team competition to prepare and present an optimal solution to a complex “true-to-life” environmental problem. The problem presented will be of current value, representative of the location of the event, and require multi-disciplinary approaches for success. The Challenge seeks not only technical and scientific analyses but solutions that are presented in conjunction with the development of appropriate regulatory approaches and resolution of political and community issues. The ECi competition is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, Ph.D. candidates, and recent graduates in the environmental field. Teams should consist of 3 to 5 members.

Student Technical Paper Competition. The West Coast Section’s Student Technical Paper Competition runs in parallel with and in addition to the Association’s contests. Students who are members of WCS Student Chapters are encouraged to enter as well as other students who are WCS members. Abstracts must be submitted at the time set by the International A&WMA. The Section awards a cash prize to at least one author to support their participation in the Annual Conference & Exhibition Poster Session. Further information can be obtained by e-mailing Dr. Hal Cota at [email protected].

CalPoly SLO ECi

CalPoly SLO Students place 2nd for the ECi Competition at the 2018 Annual Conference in Hartford, CT

Two WCS AWMA student chapter members who were paper winners are shown presenting their paper in the Poster Competition at the A&WMA Annual Conference & Exhibition. One of their posters appears in the background.

Further information can be obtained by e-mailing [email protected].