Register now for Cumberland Plateau Science Fair at TTU in March

Students--it's time to put on your thinking caps to come up with sensational science projects to enter in the 55 th Annual Cumberland Plateau Regional Science and Engineering Fair on March 27-28 at Tennessee Tech University.

It's never too early to start planning your project and getting your paperwork started.   Two senior exhibitors will win trips to Reno, Nev, in May, to exhibit projects at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair as well as receiving a $3,000 scholarship each to Tennessee Tech.   Two more senior exhibitors will be selected to win a $1,500 scholarship each.   Team projects at any level will no longer be accepted.

The fair, sponsored by Tennessee Tech, will be held at TTU's Roaden University Center. Affiliated with the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) organized annually by the Society for Science and the Public, it is open to all 4th through 12th grade students attending public, private, parochial, or home schools in the following Tennessee counties: Bledsoe, Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Scott, Smith, Van Buren, Warren, and White.

Teachers and sponsors may advise students and facilitate the projects, but all work must be done by the students.   Students may be asked to explain their work in detail to a panel of judges.   All rules and regulations issued by the ISEF ( www.societyforscience.org/isef/document/ ) must be followed, including the completion of various forms documenting parental approval and adequate supervision to ensure the safety of the student and their human or animal subjects before experimentation begins.

Two Grand Award winners selected from the senior division will receive $3,000 scholarships to TTU and expense-paid trips to enter their projects in the 2009 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Reno on May 10-15.   Two Grand Reserve Award winners will receive $1,500 scholarships.   If a Grand Award winner is unable to attend, a Grand Reserve winner will have the opportunity to participate as an exhibitor.

All exhibits must be pre-registered to compete in the fair.   Registration forms must be received by the Fair Director by March 24.   Any student in grades 4 through 8 who has received an award in a school fair and all students in grades 9 through 12 are eligible to compete.   A student whose school does not have a science fair may enter the regional fair directly.

Visit our web site at www.tntech.edu/scifair/ for links to the Intel ISEF Rules and Guidelines, the Regional Fair Rules and Guidelines, information for parents and teachers, a list of the Science Review Committee and Institutional Review Board members, registration forms that can be submitted online, and photos from previous regional fairs.

Registration forms may also be mailed to Cumberland Plateau Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Tennessee Tech University, Box 5051, Cookeville, TN 38505, or faxed to (931) 372-6351.    For more information, contact Gloria Julian at (931) 372-3483 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text12907 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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