University of Southern Mississippi Chief Information Officer David Sliman led another successful year as director of the Region VI Science and Engineering Fair, held March 5 at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi.
Approximately 800 students in grades one through 12 competed in the science and engineering fair from George, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Stone counties. In addition to winners within the categories, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) presented five students with the MDMR Excellence in Marine Sciences Award.The award is presented to outstanding Region VI science fair entries that address a marine or coastal-related issue.
“We have some very promising scientists in South Mississippi, as well as throughout the entire state,” said Sliman. “Our students always place well in the State Science Fair and each year their projects become more sophisticated.”
More than 100 judges were on hand to view and debate submitted projects in ten categories: behavioral and social sciences; biochemistry; botany; chemistry; earth, space and environmental sciences; engineering, computers, and math; medicine and health; microbiology; physics; and zoology. The judges, as well as numerous volunteers, are part of the Science Fair Task Force, which Sliman credits as a large part of the science fair’s success.
“It is a joy and privilege to work with the members of the Science Fair Task Force,” said Sliman. “The group donates their time every year for the love of science and to the hope of nurturing the inner scientist within the students.”
The science and engineering fair has been an annual event since 1975. Students receiving first, second or third place in grades seven through 12 advance to the State Science Fair, to be held in Jackson March 26. Following the State Science Fair, one project may be selected to go to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held in Phoenix, Ariz. May 12 – 17.
For more information and to view a list of winners, visit www.sciencefair.usm.edu.