Rensselaer Hosts Greater Capital Region
Science and Engineering Fair
More than 100 area middle and high school students from the Capital Region participated in the 22nd annual greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, March 24. The daylong event was held on the Rensselaer campus.
The annual event is coordinated by the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS) Science Congress and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The event has been hosted by the School of Science at Rensselaer for more than 20 years with support from faculty, students, and staff, along with support from the Office of Admissions and other Rensselaer departments.
“We are thrilled to host these young researchers at Rensselaer,” said Laurie Leshin, dean of the School of Science. “I sincerely hope that many of them will choose to continue to feed their passion for science and engineering by enrolling in Rensselaer as students! Their future success will ultimately drive continued innovation and prosperity in the Capital Region, and seeing their talents, I’m confident our region has a bright future.”
Working alone or in teams of up to three individuals, students showcased their latest research in areas including energy and transportation, materials and bioengineering, behavioral and social sciences, microbiology, chemistry, plant sciences, medicine and health sciences, cellular and molecular biology, electrical and mechanical engineering, animal sciences, environmental management, earth science, and physics and astronomy.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to share a student’s passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and to be recognized for their endeavor,” said STANYS Fair Director Joan Wagner. “Students are encouraged to focus on original research by working with mentors and/or teachers from the scientific community at large within the greater Capital Region. STANYS promotes excellence in science education. Its mission is to work with educators and communities to provide opportunities for all students to participate in and learn science.”
“The students who devote their time and energy to doing projects for the Science Fair are among the best and the brightest,” said Samuel Wait Jr. ’53, former associate dean of the School of Science and professor of chemistry at Rensselaer, who has served as a judge for the fair. “Their enthusiasm is very evident. I also commend the teachers and mentors who guide these students. It is a pleasure to know that Rensselaer is encouraging their development as leaders of the future.”
For more information, visit www.gcrsef.org.