Wasiu Lawal won first place in the first student essay contest hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His essay titled “Water as a Friend and a Right” discusses the connection between water, human rights and science. Lawal was born in the United States and grew up in Nigeria, where he saw how access to water, or lack thereof, affected the people in his community and the surrounding areas. He is now working to remove the contaminant PFOA, a chemical used in the production of nonstick cookware, from water. He wants to gain more experience working in the U.S. but plans to eventually return to Nigeria and work in a water-related field.
by Raegan Cardwell