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UofL to host young scientists March 9

by UofL Today last modified Mar 05, 2013 11:45 AM expired

Junior scientists will take over UofL’s Student Activity Center March 9 as they vie for prize money, scholarships and a chance to advance to the next level of competition.

The Louisville Regional Science Fair Board will have its 49th fair in Mendelsohn Gym, first floor east, starting at 9 a.m. Public viewing begins at 4 p.m., with an award ceremony scheduled for 4:45 p.m.

LRSF expects about 220 middle and high school student research projects in 17 categories including medicine and health, plant sciences, chemistry, physics and astronomy, engineering, math and environmental sciences. The competition draws contestants from Jefferson County and 12 surrounding counties.

UofL has been a major supporter of the fair, said Ellie Fridell, a research technologist in the School of Medicine.

“We’ve been providing the Louisville Regional Science Fair with many of its judges, mentors and board members for years now,” said Fridell, who helped judge the 2012 fair and will help out again this year as fundraising chair. “Our faculty and staff, for example, mentor the students by helping them with a project and giving them access to laboratories.”

duPont Manual High School and Meyzeek Middle School also have their science fairs in the SAC that day.

UofL provides scholarships to both the Manual science fair and LRSF winners, Fridell said. The best of the LRSF finalists also earn a spot on Team Kentucky to participate at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Ariz., in May.

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