The College of Science and Technology and Department of Chemistry hosted the 22nd annual Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair March 8-9 in the Peters Hall gymnasium.
This was the third consecutive year that the regional fair had been held at RU. Chemistry professors Christine Hermann and Kimberly Lane were co-directors for this year's event, which was open to students from 16 counties and three cities across the region.
The goal of the fair was to stimulate an active interest in science and engineering in young students, provide an unparalleled experience in research and presentations, and expose the public to the hard work the students are doing, the professors said.
Through posters and oral presentations, participants presented the results of their research in the fields of animal science, behavioral and social science, biochemistry and chemistry, cell and molecular biology, computer science, earth and planetary science, environmental management and science, engineering, mathematics, medicine and health, microbiology, physics and astronomy, and plant science.
Students in grades six through eight competed in the junior division, and students in grades nine through 12 competed in the senior division. Hermann and Lane said about 120 projects were on display this year.
The science fair was open to students in the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and Wythe and the cities of Bristol, Galax and Norton. Students from the Southwest Virginia Governor's School in Pulaski also participated.