- A student who participated in the Region I Mississippi Science
and Engineering Fair at The University of Southern Mississippi has
been selected as a semifinalist in the 2003 Discovery Channel Young
a fifth grader at Presbyterian Christian School, was one of 400
students chosen nationwide for the United States' premiere science
contest for students in grades five through eight.
Brantley was a fifth grader and was picked for the top 400 in the
nation gives you a good idea what kind of science endeavors we have
going in Mississippi," said Dr. Lawrence Bellipanni, a former
biology professor at Southern Miss and the acting secretary for
the International Science Fair Council.
Who's Talking," Hudson's project explores cell-phone etiquette
and usage patterns.
40" will be selected from the 400 semifinalists and will advance
to the DCYSC National Competition on Oct. 19-22 in Washington, D.C.
These finalists, who will be announced Sept. 17, will receive an
all-expense-paid trip to the nation's capital, where they will compete
for more than $100,000 worth of scholarships and special prizes
as well as for the title of "America's Top Young Scientists
of the Year."
The DCYSC will
test the "Final 40" in a range of innovative and complex
science challenges and will judge the students based on their science
ability, leadership, teamwork and effective communication skills.
The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony Wednesday, Oct.
time when science and technology play an increasingly critical role
in all our daily lives, there is an urgency to ensure we are nurturing
the next generation of young scientists," said Kyle O'Connor,
DCYSC program director. "Discovery Channel's contest responds
to this challenge by engaging middle school students and pushing
the limits of innovation and creativity in science, as demonstrated
by these 400 outstanding semifinalists."
The 400 students
selected represent 45 states and the District of Columbia, with
Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania topping the list of states with the
most semifinalists. They range in age from 10 to 15 years, almost
evenly split between boys and girls - 196 females and 204 males.
for the DCYSC by winning or placing in their Science Service-affiliated
state or regional science fair. DCYSC reviewed more than 1,950 entries
and based their semifinalist selections on the quality of each student's
original science project in addition to each student's ability to
effectively communicate the science behind their work and findings.
For a listing
of the semifinalists and their projects, visit www.discovery.com/dcysc.