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High School Students Participate in Polymer Science Day at Southern Miss

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Andrew Jones, a University of Southern Mississippi polymer science undergraduate student from Hattiesburg, discusses how molten polymer is pushed through an extrusion device and then cooled for injection molding in materials production during a demonstration tour at the second annual High School Polymer Science Day at the university. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

More than 100 high school students from across the state participated in the second annual Polymer Science High School Day Jan. 28 at The University of Southern Mississippi, hosted by its School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.

Designed to encourage interest in science among high school students, the day’s events included a written examination and a quiz bowl giving students a chance to test their knowledge about polymer science. Other activities included demonstrations of experiments using polymer materials; problem solving activities; and tours of the university’s internationally renowned polymer science research facilities, where they interacted with Southern Miss polymer science faculty and students.