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Louisiana Students Show off at State Science Fair


BATON ROUGE – More than 650 students from around the state gathered on LSU’s campus on Monday, April 20, to compete in the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair.

Students in grades 6-12 from 165 schools participated in this year’s fair – competing for scholarships, savings bonds and other awards. The top winners of the statewide fair will have the opportunity to represent Louisiana in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair held in Reno, Nev., in May.

The overall winners in the junior division, grades 6-8, were Brayden Wood and Preksha Chowdhary. Wood, of Moss Bluff Middle School in Lake Charles, took first place with his project, Are Termites Picky Eaters? Wood preferences of Reticulitermes Flavipes. Chowdhary, of Glasgow Middle School in Baton Rouge, placed second with her project, Who Doesn’t Want to be a Millionaire? The Business and Science of Gambling.

Overall winners in the senior division, grades 9-12, were the team of Candice Schwartzenburg and Lynne Chapman, and Taylor P. Wood. Schwartzenburg and Chapman, of St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge, won first prize with their project, Development of a Novel Method to Forecast Atmospheric Mixing Height Year 3. Wood, of Sam Houston High School in Lake Charles, placed second with her project, Natural Mosquito Control Year VII: Field Evaluation of Botanical Extracts Mexican Marigold Tagetes minuta lucida as a Barrier Spray for Managing Mosquitoes.

Brayden and Taylor Wood are brother and sister.  

St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge won the Top School Award with several of its students placing first, second or third in their categories.

The Louisiana State Science and Engineering Fair was hosted by LSU Continuing Education. Students who participated in the state fair had previously won first, second, and third place in their regional contests. Judging was conducted in 16 categories for each division, plus a team category.

The fair was held in LSU’s Carl Maddox Field House where students set up their projects to be judged by LSU faculty members and experts from around the area. There were more than 100 judges who volunteered their time to participate in the state fair.

“The state science fair includes some of Louisiana’s brightest young minds and brings them together on the LSU campus,” said Douglas Weimer, executive director of LSU Continuing Education. “Continuing Education’s pre-college programs support the university’s efforts at attracting the best students, and familiarizes them with some of the many resources the state’s flagship university has to offer.”

Further information about the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair can be found on LSU Continuing Education’s Web page www.outreach.lsu.edu/ScienceFair/.

Billy Gomila | Editor | Office of Communications & University Relations
April 2009