- The Mississippi Science and Engineering Fair and The University
of Southern Mississippi are looking for a few good judges.
1,200 students in grades 1-12 will bring their exhibits to
the Region 1 Science and Engineering Fair at Southern Miss's Reed Green
Coliseum March 21. Sponsored by the Mississippi Science Teachers
Association and Southern Miss, the fair consists of 14 different
categories spanning the scientific spectrum.
now we're looking for capable judges for Region 1," said
Lawrence J. Bellipani, associate professor of biological sciences
at Southern Miss and director of Science Fairs of Mississippi.
"We have about 150 judges committed right now, and about
125 of those will probably show. We always need extras."
have the option of elementary or secondary (grades 7-12) competition.
The top three winners from each category in the secondary
division will advance to the State Science Fair competition
March 31, also to be held at Reed Greed Coliseum. There, secondary
winners from each of Mississippi's seven regions will compete
in 14 categories: behavioral and social sciences; chemistry;
engineering; gerontology; medicine and health; physics; biochemistry;
computers; environmental sciences; mathematics; microbiology;
zoology; botany; and Earth and space sciences.
regional fair, elementary students are limited to six categories:
behavioral sciences; botany and microbiology; chemistry and
biochemistry; math, computers and Earth and space; physics
and engineering; and zoology, medicine and health. Both the
region and the state competition will begin at 11:30 a.m.,
with awards ceremonies held in the late afternoon.
will evaluate how well students followed scientific method
and detail, Bellipani said, as well as the accuracy of their
research and whether experimental procedures were used in
the best possible way,.
look for well thought-out research," he said. "They
look at how significant your project is in its field, as well
as how thorough you were. Did you leave something out? Did
you start with four experiments and finish with only three?"
said judges applaud those students who can speak freely and
confidently about their work. They are not interested in memorized
speeches, he said. Instead, "they simply want to talk
with you about your research to see if you have a good grasp
of your project from start to finish."
asking the obvious questions," Bellipani said, "judges
often ask questions to test your insight into your projects
such as, What didn't you do?' and What would be
your next step?'"
on how to become a judge for the Mississippi Science and Engineering
Fairs, contact Dr. Bellipani at (601) 266-4740.