More than 40 students from six area schools participated in the second annual Twin Tiers Regional Science Fair Thursday at St. Bonaventure University.
Award winners included Mariah Bloise, Portville Central School, first place, for a project titled “Pricey to Priceless Gel Electrophoresis”; Ronnie Lott, Portville Central, second place, for a project titled “Better Batteries”; and Nicolas Ilustre, Hinsdale Central School, third place, for a project titled “The Fear of Holes.”
Six students received honorable mention recognition, including Kyleigh Nolder, Hinsdale Central School; Kelly Fitzgerald and Samara Lindberg, both of Archbishop Walsh Academy; Tioga Simpson and Aliyah Tejera, Archbishop Walsh; and Paige Dugan, Allegany-Limestone Central School.
The science fair was organized by the STEM departments in St. Bonaventure’s School of Arts and Sciences. National Grid was the primary sponsor of the event.
Students were also hosted for lunch and given a tour of the science facilities in De La Roche Hall and Walsh Science Center.
“Science fairs provide students an opportunity to deepen their knowledge in science fields in a fun and engaging manner. In addition, by hosting a regional fair, students from the area are able to interact, communicate, and learn among a broader community of like-minded students,” said Dr. David Hilmey, science fair coordinator and chair of the Department of Chemistry.
“Exposure to college science students, science faculty and professionals, and science facilities is an important component of our science fair, with the goal of encouraging students to pursue STEM careers through post-secondary education,” Hilmey said.
Approximately 45 additional high school students from the region also attended the science fair as observers. Area schools represented were Allegany-Limestone, Archbishop Walsh, Hinsdale, Portville, Olean High and Scio.
Judges and additional sponsors were from Dream It Do It, Dresser-Rand, SolEpoxy, Cytec Solvay, Cutco, and Napoleon Engineering. U.S. Rep. Tom Reed also attended to view the students’ projects.
Additional photos from the event can be viewed at www.sbu.edu/bonaflickr.
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