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Young Scientists Show Their Research at Ursinus College

Ursinus is the meeting place for budding high school scientists who arrive for the Montgomery County Science Research Competition March 9 and show their research during the week.

The 58th Montgomery County Science Research Competition offers high school students the unique opportunity to pursue a research project, and get feedback from judges who work in science professions.

The event returns to Ursinus College in the Floy Lewis Bakes Field House. Set-up is Monday, March 9, and the judging will take place Tuesday, March 10. Ursinus, which is known for its exemplary science programs, was the longtime site of the competition until about 15 years ago.

During the competition, high school students present sophisticated research in various scientific categories. Former winners of the Montgomery County Science Research Competition head departments at colleges and universities, are successful in business and industry, and mentor their own students.

“This event provides a forum for science research and experimentation through participation in various science fair competitions, and provides real experience for students and teachers in a changing business environment,” said Robert Helm, physics teacher and Science Research Coordinator at Methacton High School, who is President of the Montgomery County Science Teachers Association, which sponsors the competition.

The first and second place winners from each category will compete in April at the Delaware Valley Science Fair (www.dvsf.org), where they will vie for $3 million in scholarships and awards.

Although the pursuit of research is most important, there are also opportunities for receiving special awards from a variety of different organizations and companies, including an award from the Ursinus College science and mathematics departments.

Phillip Rittenhouse, science teacher at Germantown Academy, also coordinates the event. The award ceremony is Friday, March 13.