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 500 Budding Junior High, High School Scientists to Visit SRU for Competition 

 

SPOTLIGHT

2/19/2003

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

$8,000-SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED --

500 BUDDING JUNIOR HIGH, HIGH SCHOOL SCIENTISTS TO COMPETE AT SRUIN REGION IX, PENNSYLVANIA JUNIOR ACADEMY OF SCIENCE EVENT

           SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The top junior high and senior high science projects presented by students from throughout western Pennsylvania will be in competition Saturday [March 1] when Slippery Rock University again hosts the Region IX, Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science spring meeting. The top prize is an $8,000 scholarship to SRU.

            The all-day program will feature 500 budding scientists from schools in 

          The university has hosted the competition, open to seventh- through 12th-graders, for the past five years. Competitors offer 10-minute oral presentations discussing the results of their independent, award-winning research projects and judges have an opportunity to ask questions as part of the student’s presentation. The top presenters in each discipline earn cash or U.S. Savings Bonds presented by Region IX. The SRU scholarship, $2,000 per year over four years, is available to the top junior and top senior presenters. All students earning “first place” honors in the competition may also participate in the state competition held in May.

          The program is coordinated on campus by Dr. William R. Sigmund, SRU biology professor, who explains, “The event has proven to be very successful for Region IX, in part, due to the contributions of faculty, staff, administrators and students who lend a hand in welcoming and mentoring the budding scientists.” He points out the visiting students, who have an interest in both science and math, often have their interests nurtured while familiarizing themselves with the campus and programs available at SRU.

          Judges for the competition include college faculty, high school teachers, leaders in business and medical professions, and college students. Participating students will assemble for a 12:45 p.m. orientation in the University Union then will make their presentations throughout the afternoon. Following dinner in Weisenfluh Dining Hall, the students will reassemble in the union for a 6 p.m. awards ceremony. Judges will meet at 11:15 a.m. in Boozel Dining Hall.

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