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March 21: Science Fair Begins

San Antonio — Young scientists from throughout the city and surrounding
counties who may help mold our future will be competing in the Alamo
Regional Science and Engineering Fair beginning Friday, March 21.

More than 400 students will converge at the Bill Greehey Arena at St.
Mary’s University to compete for awards and millions of dollars in
scholarships. The competitors range from grades 6-12. The top 10 percemt
in the Junior Division (grades 6-8) are nominated for the National
Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge Program in Washington,
D.C. The top Grand Prize Winners in the Senior Division (grades 9-12) will
compete against 1,200 other high school students from around the world at
the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in
Cleveland, Ohio, on May 12-16. Annually, ISEF-affiliated fairs from around
the world send their top two individual projects and best team project to
the Intel ISEF.

More than one million students are competing in Intel ISEF-affiliated
fairs, such as the Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair, with hopes
of competing at the world science fair. The Intel ISEF will give students
from 50 states and more than 40 countries the chance to compete for more
than $1.5 million in cash and scholarships, meet scientific experts,
establish new collaborations for future research, experience different
cultures and make a host of new friends.

The Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair will be from Thursday,
March 20 to Saturday, March 22, at St. Mary’s.
Judging is set for Friday, March 21, in the Bill Greehey Arena from 9:
a.m. to 1 p.m. by members of the scientific and collegiate community.
Public viewing of projects is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 22,
followed by the Awards Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Robert Curl, 1996 Nobel
Laureate in Chemistry, will visit with students and view projects on
Saturday afternoon. Dr. Curl will be at the Awards Ceremony that evening.

St. Mary’s University will again be awarding $2.2 million in scholarships
as last year. By the end of the fair, the Alamo Regional Academy of
Science and Engineering will have awarded more than $8 million in
scholarships from UTSA, Our Lady of the Lake University, St. Mary’s
University, Trinity University, and the University of the Incarnate Word.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

When: Thursday, March 20 to Saturday, March 22, 2003

Where: St. Mary’s University, Bill Greehey Arena

Judging Day: Saturday, March
21

Public Viewing: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 22

Awards Ceremony: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22