The Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) will host the fifth annual Science Fair at Hobart and William Smith TODAY, Friday, May 29. The science fair is set up similarly to a professional research conference setting, and invites middle school and high school students to present their research on environmental science important to the Finger Lakes region.
During the day, students will present their research in a poster presentation competition in their respective divisions for monetary prizes sponsored by the Genesee Chapter of the New York Water Environment Association, Inc. (NYWEA).
FLI’s Education Program Manager Nadia Harvieux is pleased that this year’s event will also provide an opportunity for HWS summer research interns, who work at various science departments in addition to the FLI, to lead small group discussions and share their experiences as environmental science students at HWS.
Last year, 11 groups from four school districts participated in FLI’s Science Fair. The first place winners were Anna Lam, Grace Hainsworth, and Heidi Phelps from Geneseo Middle School with their presentation titled “Where Would Animals Prefer to be Pond or Stream?” and Noah Brigham from Romulus Central School with the presentation titled “Invasive Species in New York State Forests Based on Human Impact.”
This year, participants are from school districts in Geneseo, Honeoye Falls-Lima, and Romulus. The judges are from NYSDEC, NYWEA, and Delta Laboratories in Rochester.
The event will be held in the Scandling Campus Center at HWS.