University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

UND hosts NE Regional Science and Engineering Fair

The 55th annual Northeast Regional Science and Engineering Fair will be held Wednesday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Memorial Union Ballroom. The fair has 160 fifth- through twelfth-grade students presenting their research projects in biology, chemistry, engineering, behavioral sciences, and mathematics, among others. Regional schools participating are Lakota, Dakota Prairie, Valley Edinburg, Park River, and Adams–Edmore. Grand Forks students are from Red River High School and Schroeder, Valley and South Middle Schools.

Sixteen junior division and 16 senior division projects along with winners from the other regional fairs will advance to the State Science and Engineering Fair, also hosted at UND, April 4–5: http://ndssef.com/. Top students from the state fair advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair: http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/.

To increase student participation, fees for the regional fair were paid by a joint UND and North Dakota State University program: the North Dakota IDeA (Institutional Development Award) Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), which is administered by the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences in collaboration with North Dakota State University. The immediate goal is to stimulate the development of science, technology, engineering and math education by supporting the ability of all fifth- through twelfth-grade students who wish to participate and compete in their regional fairs and the ND State Science and Engineering Fair. This will ultimately increase the number of North Dakota students entering the technical, educational and health professional workforce pipeline in the state.

-- Denis MacLeod, assistant director, Office of Alumni and Community Relations, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 777.2733, denis.macleod@med.und.edu.


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