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Best Science Minds Gathering In Collegeville

Last year’s competition (above) was intense; predictions are this year will be equally so

COLLEGEVILLE PA – Ursinus College is the meeting place this week (Wednesday through Saturday, March 9-12, 2016) for the best science minds in area high and middle schools. Selected students are arriving at the college campus, 601 E. Main St., to participate in the 59th Montgomery County Science Research Competition, which provides high school students with opportunities to pursue a research project and get feedback from judges who work in science professions.

The event returns to Ursinus in the Floy Lewis Bakes Field House. Set-up is Wednesday, and judging will take place Thursday. During the event, students present sophisticated research in various scientific categories. Former winners of the competition now 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 Philip Rittenhouse, science teacher at Germantown Academy and the competition’s director.

April Kontostathis, a former Pottsgrove School District school board member, an Ursinus professor and its Mathematics and Computer Science chair, said the university “has a long and well-earned reputation for academic excellence and supporting young scientists. This competition is just one way that we can continue to develop creativity and analytical reasoning skills in students as well as give back to the local community.”

First- and second-place winners from each category will compete during April at the Delaware Valley Science Fair, where they will vie for $3 million in scholarships and awards.

Photos from the Montgomery County Science Research Competition

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