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Bayer School Award to be Given, Faculty Judges to Volunteer at Intel Science Fair

Duquesne University faculty will be part of the world's largest pre-college science and engineering competition when the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) brings 1,500 students in grades 9-12 from around the world to Pittsburgh May 13-18.

Duquesne's Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences will offer two special awards to competition finalists whose projects exemplify scientific creativity and excellence in experimental design and project performance.

Bayer School Dean David Seybert;  Dr. Alan W. Seadler, associate academic vice president for research; and Dr. Rita Mihailescu, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry will serve as judges for these Bayer School awards.

"This shows Duquesne's commitment to continued support of science, technology, engineering and math education at all levels," Seadler said. "This is an opportunity for us to support the Pittsburgh region in a world-class event."

Others joining the army of about 1,000 judges, who will determine the winner of the $75,000 top award and more than 70 other prizes, include:

  • Dr. Sarah Woodley, associate professor of biological sciences, Bayer School
  • Ed Schroth, adjunct professor of biological sciences, Bayer School
  • Dr. Nithya Vaidyanathan, lab administrator for the chemistry department, Bayer School
  • Dr. Patrick Juola, professor of computer science, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
  • Dr. Tammy Hughes, Fr. Martin A. Hehir Endowed Chair for Scholarly Excellence, department chair and professor in the School of Education's Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education, lead judge for the American Psychological Association
  • Dr. Ara Schmitt, assistant professor in the School of Education's Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education, judge for the American Psychological Association.

All judges have doctorates and/or six years of experience. The Intel ISEF, a program of the Society for Science & the Public, is affiliated with 446 fairs in about 70 countries and offers more than $3 million in awards. The fair also provides a world-class learning opportunity for 4,000 local middle and high school students and their teachers on Public Day, Thursday, May 17.

The fair is being held in Pittsburgh to align with the region's emerging technology sector; upcoming fairs will be held in Phoenix and Los Angeles.

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