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Andrea Spencer, SSTF director, (712) 359-2437
Howard Shapiro, Provost Office, (515) 294-6365
Bridget Bailey, News Service, (515) 294-6881


AMES, Iowa -- Did you ever wonder if there were other Tardigrada species? Amber Hohl, of Central Lee High School in Donnellson did. As a result, she won a $5,000 scholarship for her project on the micro-metazoan at last year's State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa.

The 2002 science fair will be held April 9 and 10 in Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University. Fair organizers are now requesting entries for this year's fair.

Andrea Spencer, science fair director, said entries must be received before March 11 to be eligible for the fair. It is the only statewide science fair for middle and high school students in Iowa.

Projects are divided into physical and biological science categories and each must adhere to the guidelines of the science fair committee, Spencer said. High school winners receive scholarships, while junior high students receive various prizes and awards from the state science fair. State, federal, university and industrial groups also provide prizes for the winning projects.

Last year, approximately 100 high school and 250 junior high students from around the state participated in the science fair.

"Getting students involved in science and having them do these interesting projects help entice them into careers in science and technology," said Howard Shapiro, chair of the science fair board of directors and vice provost for undergraduate programs at Iowa State.

For more information about the fair and to receive an entry booklet, contact Andrea Spencer, SSTFI, 61375 270th Ave., Palmer, IA 50571; (712) 359-2437; spencer2@netins.net; or visit the SSTFI website at http://www.public.iastate.edu/~isstf/2001%20Winners.htm.


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