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Lucas, Wiesenburg Serve as Keynote Speakers at Science, Engineering Fair

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The University of Southern Mississippi was well represented at the 2012 Mississippi State Level Science and Engineering Fair held at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi on March 27.

In addition to the university’s Interim Chief Information Officer David Sliman serving as the science fair’s organizer, Gulf Coast Vice President and Campus Executive Officer, Dr. Frances Lucas, and Interim Provost and Vice President for Research, Dr. Denis Wiesenburg, both served as keynote speakers at the daylong event.

As keynote speakers for the science and engineering fair, Lucas and Wiesenburg welcomed students, parents and teachers prior to the project judging. Lucas encouraged students to enhance their futures with higher education and Wiesenburg explained how participating in events like these will prepare students for scientific research in the future.

The State Level Science and Engineering Fair featured regional science fair winners from throughout the state of Mississippi vying for one of two spaces to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Pittsburgh, Pa. In addition to the two students selected to represent Mississippi, Sliman will also be on hand to assist with the international fair.

The overall state science fair winners selected to attend Intel ISEF, who both hail from Oxford High School in Oxford, Miss., are Taide Ding, who was also the recipient of the Best of Fair award, and Shreya Mathur. Ding won both honors with the project titled, “Developing a Hurricane Landfill Model for Wind and Storm Surge Forecasting.” Mathur’s winning project is titled, “Developing a Novel Test to Detect Cancer Genes from Microarray Data.”

For more information about the Mississippi State Science Fair, call 228.214.3402 or visithttp://sciencefair.usm.edu/.