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March 31, 2011

Annual Region III Science Fair held at ULM

The Annual Region III Science Fair was held March 15-16 in the University of Louisiana at Monroe, offering students in grades 6 - 10 from schools across the region the opportunity to enter their projects into competition.

Several ULM faculty volunteered their time to judge the entries and the following schools participated: Grace Episcopal School; Woodlawn Jr. High School; Calhoun Middle School; Pinecrest Elementary/Middle School; Franklin Academy; Oak Grove High School.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Jeffrey Cass helped distribute awards to the top three entries, who were as follows:

First Place: Jansen Nowell and Trevor Sweet, Pinecrest School
Category: Plant Sciences
Title: "Grass's Favorite Thing For Dinner"

Second Place: Elena Flynn, Grace Episcopal School
Category: Earth Science
Title: "Do Hurricanes Cool the Ocean?"

Third Place: Katherine Burkett, Grace Episcopal School
Category: Medicine and Health
Title: "Pump Up the Pressure"

Students entered their projects in the following categories: Animal Sciences; Behavioral and Social Sciences; Biochemistry; Chemistry; Earth Science; Eng: Electrical & Mechanical; Eng: Materical & Bioengineering; Environmental Management; Environmental Science; Mathematical Sciences; Medicine and Health; Microbiology; Physics and Astronomy and Plant Sciences.

The regional science fair is held every year in March to promote awareness of, and interest in, the scientific method among youth, according to Dr. Faisal Kaleem.

"It also helps the students to develop an interest in getting an education, which can play a great role in making them successful people later on," he said.

"In supporting the Region III Annual Science Fair, ULM's College of Arts and Sciences demonstrates its commitment to outreach among young students, who will be the region's and nation's future leaders in scientific and mathematical research," said College of Arts and Sciences Dean Jeffrey Cass.

"It's our mission and our public duty to ensure that young minds have a forum to explore and investigate the natural world."

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