Howard Shapiro, Provost Office, (515) 294-6365
Laura Boskelly, News Service, (515) 294-6881


AMES, Iowa -- Deadline for project entries for the 2000 Iowa State Science and Technology Fair is March 13. Entries must be postmarked by March 10 to be eligible for the fair.

The science fair will be held March 31-April 1, at Iowa State University's Hilton Coliseum. It is the only statewide general science fair for middle and high school students in Iowa.

Information booklets, which include entry forms, are now available, said Howard Shapiro, ISU vice provost and chair of the science fair board.

"Opportunities in science and technology are unlimited, and the sooner students see all of these opportunities the better they will appreciate what science has to offer," Shapiro said. "We're delighted to foster these types of opportunities at ISU and to encourage scientific creativity."

Students interested in participating in the fair must first submit project proposals. All of projects need to adhere to regulations set by the board, and proposals must be developed under the guidance of a teacher or other professional. The science areas covered are broadly divided into physical and biological sciences.

Science fair prizes are awarded at the seventh and eighth grade levels. High school winners receive scholarships as well as other prizes. Also, many topical awards are given by state, federal, university and industrial groups.

Currently, the value of awards available for the 2000 science fair is approximately $30,000. The Iowa Space Grant Consortium will sponsor a $5,000 four-year tuition grant, which can be used at any of Iowa's Regents universities and Drake. In addition, Iowa Energy Center Youth and Energy scholarships and Iowa State Science and Technology scholarships will be awarded.

Last year, more than 430 seventh through twelfth graders participated in the fair. Brooke Findley, of Stuart, Iowa, won a $10,000 scholarship for her project "Toxic Fish, Phase III" at last year's fair. Findley's project proved the correlation between the amount of toxins in salmon from Cook Inlet, Alaska, and their scale quality.

For a copy of the science fair information booklet contact Howard Shapiro, 107 Beardshear Hall, Ames, IA 50011-2021, or call (515) 294-6365.

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