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Monday, September 18, 2006

USI to host Tri-State Regional Science and Engineering Fair in March

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The Tri-State Regional Science and Engineering Fair, a spring tradition for area middle school and high school students, is changing sponsorship and location to the University of Southern Indiana (USI).

Support of the Science Education Foundation of Indiana (SEFI) science fair was available after University of Evansville discontinued administrative sponsorship in July of this year. Carla S. Doty, interim director of the Center for Continuing Education at University of Evansville, wrote in a letter, “UE will continue to support both the regional and state events through scholarship awards and judging assistance and we will work closely with USI to assure a smooth transition of responsibilities.”

Scott Gordon, dean of the Pott College of Science and Engineering, stated the sponsorship falls within the vision, mission, and goals of the college. He said, “USI is a leader in areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. We want to play a key role in developing and recruiting students interested in working toward degrees in STEM areas. This event will also help us connect with STEM teachers and work together to increase STEM education and professional development in the Tri-State. The science and engineering fair will help advance the STEM education initiatives and re-invigorate STEM in southwestern Indiana, so we look forward to hosting the event.”

The science and engineering fair is open to students in grades 6 to 12 from schools within a 75-mile radius of Evansville. The 2007 event will be held March 6 and 7 at USI. Details about the fair and registration information will be available through a Web site to be designed over the next month. Letters outlining the event will be sent to area science teachers in early October.

Gordon said, “We will be establishing a variety of awards, including cash prizes and scholarship opportunities. In addition, we will seek business and industry awards and sponsorship to help underwrite the event. We will be quite busy this fall organizing the event.”

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