N4WPP Water Symposium

N4WPP LogoAnnouncing the 2023 N4WPP Water Symposium

When: November 3rd, 2023

Where: UNM-Gallup Campus
         705 Gurley Ave., Gallup, NM

The Navajo Tech-New Mexico Tech Navajo Nation Water Purification Project (N4WPP) is excited to invite you to the 2023 Water Symposium, where Four Corners area high school students are invited to help solve some of the most important water challenges in New Mexico and across the Navajo Nation.

N4WPP water symposium flyer

What is the N4WPP Water Symposium?

N4WPP—the Navajo Technical University-New Mexico Tech Navajo Nation Water Purification Project—aims to train students in the water sciences and in the technical aspects of water filtration at sites on the Navajo Nation using technology developed at NMT in partnership with PESCO.

Part of the N4WPP mission is to engage high school students through an annual water symposium held at locations on or near the Navajo Nation.

More about the N4WPP MIssion

Water Challenge

The Navajo Nation currently faces a severe water crisis where water resources are sparse and where some water sources may not be suitable for drinking water or livestock use. Technology exists to help filter the water, but there are many questions associated with logistics and community engagement. Students will be preparing for a challenge that resembles a cross between Science Olympiad, Science Fair, and MESA.

Challenge Details

Official 2023 Water ChallengeStudy materials

Challenge overview video

 School/Team Registration 

Team Registration Deadline: October 1st, 2023

If you plan on attending as a spectator, please sign up in advance so that we can estimate the number of lunches and handouts to have ready.

Spectator Registration

If you or someone in your organization is interested in being a judge for the event or a mentor to a high school team, please fill out the following form:

REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE AS A JUDGERegister to participate as a mentor

College Poster Session

Students attending universities from around New Mexico and the Navajo Nation will present posters describing their work in the research field of water resources. 

If you are a student interested in presenting a poster, please fill out the following form below to submit an abstract.

Submit an abstract

Water Professionals Panel

A distinguished panel will share their unique stories that lead them to working to address social challenges and solve the complex challenges related to water resources in native communities.

Keynote Speaker

Vice President Montoya Portrait Photo
Vice President Montoya.


This year's keynote speaker will be Madam Vice President Montoya of the Navajo Nation.

Office of the President & Vice President Seal

VP Montoya & Students
Vice President Montoya and NTU Students.

Ms. Richelle Montoya  is the 11th Vice President of Navajo Nation and the first ever woman elected to the office.  She was selected by Dr. Buu Nygren as his vice presidential running mate following the 2022 Navajo Nation Primary Election. A former president of the Torreon/Star Lake Chapter, Vice President Montoya supports local governance by advocating for more responsive Navajo Nation Executive Branch programs and community leadership.  She received a Bachelor of University Studies in Psychology, Sociology, and Native American Studies from the University of New Mexico in 2011. The vice president is a member of the Na’neelzhiin Ji Olta, Inc. School Board (since 2019), the Eastern Navajo Agency Executive Committee (since 2021) and the Eastern Navajo Fair Board Member (since 2018).

Prizes Available

Prizes and Awards will be available to participants of both the Water Challenge and poster session. The prizes available include scholarships and medals.  All participants will have the opportunity to meet with potential employers with internship opportunities. 

The winners in each category will be announced during our Reception and Awards Ceremony.  Sponsors, industry partners, and colleges will have booths to share opportunities for students as well as provide information. 

Organization Booths

Organizations that wish to parter with the Water Symposium are cordially invited to bring a booth to the event. This will give your organization a chance to interact directly with participating students. 


Donate to the Symposium

If you are interested in supporting the 2023 Water Symposium, please consider becoming a sponsor of the event! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, you can donate to our event at the following link:


From the website, select "NMT/Navajo Tech Collaboration (N4WPP)" in the Designation drop-down menu. Please include the phrase "Water Symposium" in the Comments section.

Sponsorship Tiers

Supporter Tier (Up to $249)

Friends Tier ($250-$499)
Friends Tier donors will have their Name or Organization listed on the Water Symposium Website.

Sponsors Tier ($500-$999)
Sponsors Tier donors will have their Name or Organization listed on the Water Symposium Website and in the brochure given to all participants on the day of the symposium.

Major Sponsors Tier ($1000+)
Major Sponsors Tier donors will have their Name or Organization listed on the Water Symposium Website, in the brochure given to all participants on the day of the symposium, and on the t-shirt that will be given out to participants. 


Contact Information

For more information about the 2023 N4WPP Water Symposium, please contact:

We would like to thank the following sponsors for making this event possible


Water Symposium Partner Logos