The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting the 35th Region
I Mississippi Science and Engineering Fair March 2, continuing a
tradition that retired Southern Miss biological sciences professor
Dr. Larry Bellipanni began the same number of years ago.
grades seven through 12 will have the opportunity to continue on
to the State Science Fair to be held April 5 at Northeast Mississippi
Community College in Booneville. Two Best of Fair winners from Tuesday's
regional fair will advance to the International Science and Engineering
Fair to be held in Portland, Ore., in May.
Due to a variance
in spring break schedules in the region, along with planned renovations
for Reed Green Coliseum, this year's fair has been scheduled earlier
than usual, at the Forrest County Multi Purpose Center on U.S. Hwy.
49 in Hattiesburg. Organizers of the fair expect approximately 1,200
students from around the 24-county region to participate.
from around the region are participating in the event as judges,
along with event support provided by Southern Miss faculty and students.
Dr. Bellipanni, along with Sheila Hendry, co-director, Teresa Sappington,
Lauren L. Moore, Holly Haynes, Jarma Bridges, and others, will help
in the coordination of the event.
begin setting up at 8 a.m. Judging will begin at 11:30 a.m., with
elementary awards slated for 4 p.m. and junior/senior high awards
at 6 p.m. For more information, call (601) 266-6367.