The University of Mississippi

OXFORD - More than 900 students in grades 1-12 are headed to the University of Mississippi next week to show off their knowledge of scientific principles and the results of careful observations at the 19th annual Region VII Science and Engineering Fair.

The lower fair for grades 1-6 is scheduled for Tuesday (March 27) in Tad Smith Coliseum. The upper fair for grades 7-12 follows Wednesday (March 28). The fair is open to the public 8 a.m.-4 p.m. both days.

Students placing first through third in the upper fair can advance to the 2007 State Science and Engineering Fair, set for April 4-5 at the University of Southern Mississippi.

"It is always a delight to serve as a judge in the science fair," said John O'Haver, UM associate professor of chemical engineering. "When you look at the variety of students, the variety of projects and the obvious enthusiasm that students have for their work, it is exciting. The schools work to prepare the students as to their understanding of the scientific process. The depth and complexity of some of the projects is amazing."

The regional fair also presents two "Best of Fair" trophies to representatives from grades 9-12. These winners earn the right to represent Region VII in the 58th Annual International Science and Engineering Fair, May 13-19 in Albuquerque, N.M.

For more information on the Region VII Science and Engineering Fair, contact Roanne Privett at 662-915-5780.

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