March 17, 2005

Annual science fair set for Tuesday, March 22

by Paula M. Davenport

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Some 600 junior high and high school students will jam the Student Center ballrooms with their science projects Tuesday, March 22, on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The annual Illinois Junior Academy of Science Region 8 Science Fair attracts ‘tweens' and teens from across Southern Illinois.

They’ll compete for several thousand dollars in prize money and coveted opportunities to advance to the state science fair competition in May.

Media Advisory

Reporters and photographers may cover all activities. The photo and interview opportunities will likely occur between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the Student Center ballrooms. At that time, judges will be reviewing all displays and students will be available for interviews. For more information, turn to SIUC mathematics professor Kathy Pericak-Spector, a veteran science fair coordinator, 618/453-6573.

Student investigations will fall under 18 project categories, including aerospace, behavioral science, health science and zoology.

Projects will remain on view from 1 to 4 p.m. The awards presentation is set for 5:30 p.m. in the SIU Arena.

A total of 70 projects will advance to the state contest, held on the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus.

Reaching out to the region’s schools and communities is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.