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February 18, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Student scientists invade SRU; compete for regional honors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Junior high and high school students in the region will present their science projects when Slippery Rock University hosts the 54th annual Region IX meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Feb. 26.

Nearly 600 students are expected to participate.

“This is the 14th year Slippery Rock University has hosted the program, and we will again be offering a number of scholarship awards, including two, $12,000, four-year scholarships to the top junior and top senior award winner electing to study at SRU after high school graduation,” said William Sigmund, SRU biology professor and meeting coordinator.

The Region IX committee and a number of program sponsors also offer cash awards or gift certificates to the top presenters in each discipline.

SRU’s mathematics and chemistry departments present $100 awards for the top senior high student and junior high student presentation in their respective disciplines. SRU’s department of biology presents a $100 award to the top senior high student and junior high student presentation in any biological field and a $200 mentor award goes to the winning student's teacher to be spent on science supplies at their home school.

Robert Smith, SRU president, will welcome the program’s judges at a noon luncheon in Weisenfluh Dining Hall, and William Williams, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will address participating students at the evening awards ceremony.

Some 180 SRU faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, high school teachers and faculty from other colleges and universities along with medical professionals and business leaders will serve as judges for the project presentations.

Each student will have up to 10 minutes to describe their project and outline its results. Judges may ask questions before rendering their score.

“This annual opportunity to have high school and junior high students - interested in math and science - on our campus is an opportunity not only to foster their interest in the sciences, but also to familiarize them with Slippery Rock University,” Sigmund said.

Those earning “First Place” honors are invited to participate in the state competition in May.

For further information, contact Sigmund at 724.738.2481.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.