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Released February 27, 2004


HATTIESBURG -- 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.

Winners in 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.

Volunteers 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.

Students will 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.



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