February 24, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU research fair draws tomorrow's scientists
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Slippery Rock University will host nearly 550 junior high and high school science students for the Region IX Meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Feb. 27. Students will compete for two scholarships and other cash awards worth nearly $25,000.
The annual event allows budding scientists to present results of their individual science research projects. This is the 13th consecutive year SRU has hosted the academy meeting.
SRU will offer a $12,000, four-year scholarship ($3,000 per year) to the top senior and top junior presenter if they elect to attend SRU.
Top students in each discipline also earn cash awards or gift certificates from the Region IX committee and other program sponsors. SRU's mathematics and chemistry departments will each present $100 awards to the top senior high student and the top junior high student presenting in their respective disciplines. SRU's biology department will present a $100 award for the top senior high student and top junior high student presentations in any biological field and a $200 mentor award to the winning student's teacher to be used to purchase science supplies.
SRU President Robert Smith will welcome judges during the opening luncheon in Weisenfluh Dining Hall. William Williams, provost and vice president for academic affairs at SRU, will welcome the budding scientists at the evening awards ceremony following dinner in Boozel Dining Hall.
"It is always very gratifying for me to see more than 500 junior high and senior high students all presenting the results of their science research projects," said William Sigmund, professor of biology and project coordinator for the academy. "By hosting the event, we support science study, get the opportunity to show off the Slippery Rock University campus and its variety of science programs, and spotlight the serious research and study being done by regional high schools students."
"I am currently soliciting judges in a variety of categories. We accept high school and college science faculty as well as college-level students who have demonstrated competence in college science course," he said. More than 180 judges are involved in the program.
Each three-member team of judges spends 10 minutes with eight to 10 students who explain their research. There is also time for questions. Each judge independently rates the presentation.
Judges are invited to a complimentary 11 a.m. lunch, followed by a brief training session. The program concludes at 4 p.m.
Sigmund may be reached at 724.738.2481.
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